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It IS a small world after all! A Goofy update.

In That's Goofy! on August 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Here is my latest updates on training and fundraising for Team in Training for the Disney Goofy Challenge.  You can read about why I am running the Disney Goofy Challenge and my current fundraiser at the links My Hero Fundraiser or Disney Goofy Challenge 39.3 Miles I am Doing It!

It’s a Small World After All

At the age of 3 my mom took me on my first trip to Disney World. I remember two things from that trip 1) It’s a Small World Ride and 2) waking up in my pjs to watch the fireworks over Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Hotel.  I loved It’s a Small World, riding around in the boat and looking at all the different dolls dressed in beautiful outfits. I wanted to go to all those places.  But in 1976 the world, although smaller, was not as easy to maneuver.  The days of texting, Skype, cell phones and Facebook were well into the future, not even dreamed about on the Carousel of Progress. Epcot’s Spaceship earth did not even exist. In 1976 if you wanted to contact a friend halfway around the world an expensive phone call or a letter (snail mail as it is referred to now) was about the only way you could do it.

But 30+ years later, I realized that Walt had it right. Two of my biggest donations to date came from half way around the world from Singapore this past week.  One from a long-time dear friend and the other a person I have never met. From one Facebook post I gained two new heroes, made a few new Facebook friends, met a few new Goofy TNT participant (not far from my own turf) and bought a TNT tutu (details on that later :). Yes Walt, it is a small world after all!


Training recap. I left off on Monday.

Tuesday – Track work out. 1 mile warm up and then 6x60s (that is sixty seconds fast, sixty seconds jog). Total miles 2.64 (1.6 miles at 9:22 pace). Track work outs are not my favorite but I am always thankful for the fantastic scenery. That day it was a great sunset.

Sunset at my track workout

Wednesday – One hour boot camp class

Thursday – 15 minutes aqua jogging.  It was just too hot to run outside. I took advantage of a great indoor lazy river at our gym, tossed the boys in the river and chased them around. How can they float fast than I can run??? 🙂

Friday – Off

Saturday – 15 mile run. Well I ran an awesome 10 miles, a fall apart 4 miles and walked the last mile.  I don’t know if it was heat, illness or what, but I know when to tell my body to take it easy and that was the day.  In 24 hour period, every member of our family had competed in a major event. The boys triathlon, me a 15-miler and Jeff a sprint triathlon. I had logged only about 7 hours of total sleep over Thursday and Friday night.  I still needed some energy to get through the day, so the last mile….. I walked.

Sunday – 20 minute swim (1/2 mile).

Monday – 1 hour boot camp class and a 32 minute (3 mile run).

Walking my dog – I logged about 4 miles last week walking my dog.

I needed one more run in there, but needless to say there were not enough hours in last week. I still logged about 7 hours of exercise time.


$700 – on-line donations

$250 – pending corporate matches

Total of $950 to date! I am about a quarter of the way there!

❤ Jennie

My Hero Fundraiser

In Bucket Goals on July 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Do you have a hero? Somone who has fought cancer, fighting cancer, dedicated their time to help cancer patients or just a person that really has made a difference in your life? On January 12-13 I will run in the Disney Goofy Challenge covering 39.3 miles over 2 days  with a goal of raising over $3900.  I want to honor 39 individuals during this run.

How you can honor a hero

  • Donate $39 (or more) at
  • Write, “I have a hero” in the comments section when you donate. Feel free to name your hero in the comments or I will contact you.
  • I will contact you with additional details. You may choose as short message, name, and mile number if available.
  • One $39 donation per mile (you may donate for additional heros or list mutiple family members on one mile)
  • Only 39 spots available 😉

Who is a hero?

Anyone! It can be an honored patient, in memory of a loved one, your children, a person who is just a hero in your life. You name your hero!

What you receive

  • One mile of the 39.3 mile run will be dedicated to your hero.
  • A photo of their mile maker from my run mailed to you in January.
  • A ribbon on my shirt with a short message honoring your hero (white for boys, lavender for girls). I will wear these during the marathon weekend.
  • A special holiday card.
  • A special thank you note.

The Disney courses run through all four theme parks and by their themed landmarks such as Cinderalla’s castle.  You can see their maps in large scale and detail by clicking the link titles below. Feel free to pick a specific mile marker if it is still available, otherwise I can randomly assign one to your hero. All miles have awesome mile markers and there is something great each mile along the way.

Disney Half Marathon

Disney half marathon course

Disney Marathon Map

  1. For Jack C. Your daughter is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met (both inside and out). It is an honor to have you at mile 1!
  2. Marshall Bowen (aka grandpa). Thanks to aunt Phyllis I get the honor of running a mile for you.  Cancer took you from us too soon 😦
  3. Suraih who lost his battle with cancer but still lives in the hearts of his family.
  4. Kim R.from your friend Bill 🙂
  5. Dylan C. For your big 5 buddy. Your mom says you do chemo with a smile. Truly honored to run this mile for you!
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  7. Adam Harrington from Amy for being 7 years cancer free 🙂
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  12. Louise B (aka Grandma). Thanks to a wonderful donation from aunt Phyllis, I have the honor of running a mile for you. You fought cancer and won!
  13. Dad – giving you the last mile of the half. Thanks for making all those raw egg shakes, packing double sandwiches and helping me get through cross country season in high school. You are the perfect inspiration for the last mile of this day 🙂

Disney marathon

14. Grandpa T.  I miss you. The first mile of this day is for you. Cancer took you from us too soon. Mom donated enough for many heros and I thought you should get a mile. Thanks for swimming all those laps for us, making me smile and being a great example of true love.

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19. For little Miss Kylie from your mom’s friend Cindy! This mile of the marathon with Cinderella’s castle is for you for fighting Leukemia and going into remission!!!

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21. Mom – the age you had me.  You are my hero. You put up with me and love unconditionally. (PS. Check out 13 and 14 too 🙂

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23. Reserved for J.C.

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28.  Mary Ann M. For a special gift. 🙂

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38. “Jennie -For her big heart and all the time and effort she puts in helping others.” Yes this is me. I did not write this. My parents donated a hero mile in my name, because I am their hero. Corny, I know, but gotta love them <3. (Of course they donated enough for several more so I am sneaking in a few hero mile suprises for them…13,14 and 21 🙂

39. Kim R.  Our friend Tiffany is the BEST as I am sure you know! This is my favorite mile and she dedicated it just for you :)!

39.3 My 3 guys because the last .3 miles are the hardest!!!

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