Posts Tagged ‘team in training’

Nike Women’s Marathon – I am in!!!!

In Bucket Goals on September 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

I am not even exaggerating when I say I have tried for 5 years…5 long years to have the opportunity to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco.  It is on my top 10 bucket list of races to finish. I have tried the lottery several times, I even registered with Team in Training one year when much to my disappointment I had to switch to a local event when our schedule just would not permit it.  Every year, I submitted for the lottery. Every year I received a rejection email.

So you can you can guess my blind excitement when my friend calls, texts, calls again to say “Register now!”. Apparently, excitement from their 50,000 likes on facebook prompted Nike to open up additional spots on-line to Nike+ members. No lottery, just straight registration. How was I supposed to book a flight, hotel, transporation all with four weeks notice? I had no clue! All I saw were Tiffany blue boxes, firefighters in tuxedos and a shiny Tiffany necklace dancing in my head. Plus, this event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and if you have not already heard, I am a big fan of this charity.

My fingers went to manic work andafter 4 pages of registration questions I received the confirmation! I am officially signed up for their half marathon 🙂

Nike Women’s Marathon Event

 Now…to find the perfect running outfit to match those pretty Tiffany boxes 😉

❤ Jennie


Winter 2012 Team in Training Kick Off

In That's Goofy! on September 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Psstttt, I will tell you a little secret. I signed up for the Disney Goofy Challenge in July but September 6 was the official start date! I am so excited about this opportunity to embark on another season of fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Team in Training Donation Balloon message

Each season, Team in Training start off the season with a kick off meeting at a local park. What a day they picked, first day of school, Dr appointment, big work meeting, kick off and a boot camp class all to squeeze in.  Fortunately the kick off was about a football field away from the building I have my boot camp in.  My plan, run over to the meeting early, and then run the kiddos back to the gym and squeeze into boot camp a few minutes late. I managed to do all of that :).

Team in training donation balloons


I missed the best part of the kick off but I had the chance to spend a few moments with my mentor Gabi.  I really hit the jackpot on mentors so I am thrilled to have her.  She had a little present for her mentees.  She brought to the meeting purple and green balloons with a laminated card with our donation site on them. She launched them at the event in hopes that someone will find them and make donations.  Pretty cute idea! Hopefully mine

 will not end up caught in a tree or a ditch.  But crazier things have happened!

Wish me luck!

❤ Jennie


Running for a Reason – Run for Charity

In That's Goofy! on August 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

I was happy but not at all suprised to see the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training on’s top list of Run for a Cause article this week. Since its inception, they have raised over 1.2 billion dollars for cancer research. Do you run for a reason? If not consider it today. Someone will be glad you did.

Yesterday was the first ever Wear your TNT gear day.  I am happy to report that I wore my gear even when I had a rare chance to go out in non tech wear. Not pictured, but I managed to add some fluffy lavendar flip flops and purple toenails to top it off 🙂

Team in Training National Wear your Gear Day

This year I am proud to run 39.3 miles for Team in Training through the Disney Goofy Challenge in January 2013.  You can make a donation at My Fundraising Page.  A donation of any amount is very much appreciated.  Or with  a special donation of $39 you can dedicate a mile for one of your Hero’s by participating in My Hero Fundraiser.

You can read more about Team in Training and how you can run to wipe out blood cancers by going to their national site

❤ Jennie

Snooze alarm quick draw

In Exercise can't be this fun! on August 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Dear Future Grandchildren,

This is your grandmother at the age of 38. If you wonder why I get up naturally at 4:30 in the morning, there is good reason. I once slept in until 10 am where my only marathon was the Real World marathon playing on MTV on Saturdays.  Getting up early then was 7:15 to make it to work by 8 am.  Then I had children, worked full-time, picked up real marathons as a sport, organized a running group and had to start getting up at 4:30 am in the morning to get it all in.  I became the fastest snooze alarm pusher in the east to savor that extra few seconds of sleep. I used my legs to run charity races and I raised thousands of dollars in charity over the years while raising your dad and uncle. After years of pre-sunrise wake up alarms I am assuming by the time you get to know me, I will have permanently ruined my capacity to sleep in.   Hopefully, I am still running…

 Love your future grandmother,


Donate to Team in Training (any amount counts)

Honor a Hero ($39 donation = 1 dedicated mile)

39.3 Miles Goofy I am Doing It

Disney Goofy Challenge! 39.3 miles I am doing it!

In Bucket Goals on July 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

I did it! I signed up for an event on my bucket list.  My full list is HERE>>>My Marathon Bucket List Top 10.  The Disney Goofy Challenge is a two day event where participants run the Disney Half marathon (13.1) on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and the Disney Full Marathon (26.2) on Sunday, January 13, 2013. 

I needed something BIG to say goodbye to my 30s!  And when I realized that the Disney Marathon weekend would begin on the day I turned 39 years and 39 days and the Goofy Challenge was 39 miles, I knew what I had to do. Not only do I want to run the event, but I want to do it to raise money for my favorite charity, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


  1. Complete the Disney Goofy Challenge (without crawling to the finish).
  2. Raise at least $3900 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  3. Run for 39 heros. I want to dedicate each mile to someone special.



Over the next 6 months, I will be training for the biggest event of my running career.  It will take hours each week, putting in miles of training, in rain, snow and heat, cross training and discipline to complete this event. All so I can raise funds for one of my favorite charities! You can help from the comfort of your own home by making any donation, $3.90, $39.00 or any amount that you are willing to help with. When you make your donation, please feel free to provide a name of a loved one who has battled cancer. 

Donate on-line at:


Consider dedicating a mile to a hero

My Hero Fundraiser


My name is Jennie, I am a wife, a mother, a runner, and I despise cancer.

My first personal experience with cancer and the impact it has on a family was in my senior year of college. My grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  It was devastating to hear that someone I loved so much was riddled with a disease that had no survival rate.  My grandfather was an athlete, he swam almost every day and dedicated each lap with a prayer for every family member (and he had lots of them!). To see a strong man who served his family and country well, wither away was unbearable. On July 7, 1995 we laid my beloved grandfather to rest.

 In 2008, when I received a flyer from Team in Training, I was intrigued that I could use a hobby I love to help others.  I went to an information meeting, hesitant about this venture. After hearing personal stories of survival, heartache and determination, I knew I wanted to help. I completed my first Team in Training event at the Disney Half Marathon in 2009.

 On a recent trip to College Station, TX I had the opportunity to visit the President George H.W. Bush library. There I learned that the President, long before his days in office, lost his 3 year old daughter Robin to Leukemia. When Robin was diagnosed with Leukemia, it was considered an incurable disease. Today the survival rate is astounding. I am grateful for this beautiful opportunity to learn about their story and the remarkable progress that has been made. It solidified my determination to be a part of this organization. Research has come a long way, but we still need your help!


Setting such a lofty goal requires not only determination but experience.  When you are donating your money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society under my campaign, you can have the comfort of knowing that I have the experience to meet the challenge.

  • 8 years of solid running experience
  • 15 half marathons
  • 1 full marathon
  • Dozens of smaller running events.
  • Organizer for a local running group.
  • 5th time fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training.

Check back as I document my training, fundraising and milestones!


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