2nd Auction for a Cure

It’s Officially Auction Time!!!

5 years ago I decided to do something that I didn’t know would change my life- I joined Team in Training and ran my first marathon in San Francisco in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and quickly learned that through TNT, we can make a difference.

Everyone knows I run a lot of races but none mean as much to me as the races I run with TNT.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is doing more than any other nonprofit to advance cutting edge research and cures, is funding more than 300 different cancer research projects, and gave $237 million last year to help patients afford their treatments. And NONE of that would be possible without the efforts of Team in Training participants all across the country.

I’m back with Team in Training for my 8th season and 35th half marathon, Rock n’ Roll Nashville. This season, I have pledged to raise $2000 for the cause and train six days a week from now until the race in order to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

I reached out to several running and sports companies again asking (pretty please) for product donations and as a result of their amazing generosity, have secured over $3,000 worth of products for my second Auction for a Cure benefiting LLS and it is officially LIVE and open for bidding!  By participating, you will be supporting a great cause, helping to extend blood cancer research, and improving the lives of patients and their families.

Following are the items up for bid, just be sure to check out the Rules and Logistics before bidding and GOOD LUCK!

  • Each item has a minimum starting bid of $25.
  • All bidders must email running4thereason@hotmail.com to place an official bid (bids left in the comments section will not be reviewed, only bids e-mailed will be considered official and affirmative).
  • Auction closes April 12th, 8pm PST.
  • Highest bids will be left above the item photo.
  • If the lot states, STARTING BID: $25, that means no one has bid on that lot yet; therefore, you may start it off with a bid of $25 (or higher).
  • Each bid after the starting bid must be raised by $10 minimum (if you want to raise more than $10, go for it, but if you attempt to raise less than $10, your bid will not be accepted).
  • Once a reader has won the bid on an item they will then donate the specified amount to my TNT page within 24 hours.
  • U.S. shipping addresses only, no P.O. boxes please.

Come join me in Nashville on April 29th VIP style! The winner of this lot will receive one entry to the race (half or full marathon) as well as a VIP wristband that includes private restrooms, gear check, and light continental breakfast items before your race.  Post-race VIP grants private access to pick up your gear, a brunch buffet, and a VIP bar.
$210 value.


Bid on this lot too and bring a friend to Nashville! All items mentioned in
LOT 1 also included in LOT 2.
$210 value.


This lot is for one Epson Runsense Watch SF‑810 with a built‑in heart rateSmart Stride and GPS sensors for accuracy, and advanced training modes. Winner chooses color (black or purple). Retail value, $199.99.


RunScribe is a wearable sensor system for data-driven runners to analyze stride. By capturing every footstrike, RunScribe provides the most comprehensive view of a runner’s mechanics over the duration of a run. This lot includes one RunScribe Pro set complete with 2 RunScribe footpods, integrated rechargable battery (15+ hours run time per charge), dual charger + USB cable, laces mount (2 cradles), heel mount (2 cradles + clips), a RunScribe account with access to analytics dashboard, and the iOS or Android app
(Bluetooth compatible devices) to upload and view your run.
Retail value, $199.00.

Bid on this lot and recover the right way from all those miles with a set of self massages sticks from The Stick. This lot includes one Original Body Stick, one Marathon Stick, one TriggerWheel, one FootWheel, and an instructional DVD.
Retail value, $111.95.

LOT 6: ALTRA + GU + ID = GO!
This lot is for one running tee and one pair of shorts from Altra Running (winner chooses men or women’s style, size & color.), a $30 gift card towards any wearable ID from Road ID, and one purist water bottle filled with 3 packs of energy chews (2 orange, 1 blueberry pomegranate) and 3 energy gels (mint chocolate, salted caramel and vanilla bean)
all from Gu Energy.
Total retail value, $145.

Head to the starting line fully prepared thanks to Amphipod with one unisex transparent gear bag, one jett-recovery water bottle, one race-number belt and one flashing LED wearable reflector. Then celebrate your victory with a $50 gift card towards the medal hanger
of your choice from Allied Medal Designs.
Total retail value, $125.

This lot includes all the same items from Amphipod but in pink: one transparent gear bag, one jett-recovery bottle, one race-number belt and one flashing LED wearable reflector. Also included is one ready-made medal display kit from Photo Finish Frames.
Total value, $204.95

Winner of this lot will receive one race entry to any Brazen Racing event in the 5K, 10K or half marathon distance (excluding the Double Dipsea and Save Mount Diablo races). Stay perfectly hydrated on those Brazen trails with tasty, real fruit flavored electrolytes from Ultima Replenisher– one 90 serving canister (winner chooses flavor) plus one variety box of stickpacks. $115 total value.

This lot also includes one race entry to any Brazen Racing event in the 5K, 10K or half marathon distance (excluding the Double Dipsea and Save Mount Diablo races). Keep fueled during training as well as throughout your race with one case of organic waffles (winner chooses flavor) and one case of organic energy gels (winner chooses flavor) from Honey Stinger.
Total value, $127.


This lot includes a hardcover copy of “Run Fast. Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes” by Shalane Flanagan, one autographed copy of “Running Your First Ultra” by Krissy Moehl, and an autographed copy of one of the Another Mother Runner books by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea (winner chooses either “Run Like a Mother”, “Train Like a Mother”, or “Tales From Another Mother Runner”). Also included is a “Don’t Think; just Go” magnet, a Another Mother Runner bumper sticker and one Motivate Wrap or Foot Note (winners choice of type, color, and saying) from Momentum Jewlery.
$80 total value, but Krissy, Sarah and Dimity’s autographs = priceless!

This lot includes one pair of polarized or a pack of three lenses performance sunglasses (18 different options to choose from, winner pays shipping & handling) from XX2i Optics, three harmony sport headbands from Hoo-rag, a $30 gift card towards any wearable ID from Road ID, and one Trails are Calling tee shirt (winner chooses men or women’s, size and color)
from KeenBeeStudio.
Total retail value, $185.

This lot also includes one pair of polarized or a pack of three lenses performance sunglasses (18 different options to choose from, winner pays shipping & handling) from from XX2i Optics, 2 fitness headbands from Sweaty Bands, a $30 gift card towards any wearable ID from Road ID. and 3 pairs of padded running socks from Thorlos.
Total retail value, $200.

Yes, even one more pair of polarized or a pack of three lenses performance sunglasses (18 different options to choose from, winner pays shipping & handling) from from XX2i Optics, one Team in Training race day hat from Headsweats, and another $30 gift card towards any
wearable ID from Road ID, and one custom sport
arm band from Tune Belt.
Total value, $180.

The good folks at the Ragnar Overnight Race Series are putting together a special “Ragnar Ready Weekend Bag” exclusively for this auction! It will include a safety bundle running kit, Reebok short sleeve tee, Nathan Water bottle and
many more sweet Ragnar gear and accessories!
Total value of all items, $250.

This lot includes 3 fabulous prizes from 3 great companies- a $50 gift certificate towards beautiful, modern athletic clothing from Senita Althletics, three inspirational bracelets (winner chooses silver, yellow gold or rose gold and sayings) from Mantra Band and a $30 gift card towards any wearable ID from Road ID.
$185 total value.

Be prepared before and after your run with two cases of nutrition bars from This Bar Saves Lives (one 12-count box of Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey, and one 12-count box of Wild Blueberry Pistachio). Be prepared during your run with one custom Sport Belt from Tune Belt and one case of organic energy chews from Honey Stinger. And, finally, be prepared for
after your run with one R3 self foot massager from Roll Recovery.
Total retail value, $130.

Continuing the research that results in such amazing advancements in blood cancer research takes money and that’s where you come in! Bidding on these items makes it really easy for you to help. You don’t have to wake up in the dark, cold, and rain, tie your running shoes six times a week and go running for hours, all you have to do is make a donation. Your generosity is 100% tax-deductible and enables LLS to fund research and patient services. Every little bit helps bring us one step closer to a cure!


2nd Auction for a Cure: Rules & Logistics

Thank you to these generous and philanthropic companies for the sweet product donations!

My online auction kicks off on Monday, March 20th at 9am PST, but I want to give everyone a heads up regarding the rules and logistics in advance so you can be ready to bid!  All proceeds from this auction go directly to my Team in Training efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Every donation supports a great cause, helps to extend blood cancer research, and improves the lives of patients and their families.

On Monday, March 20th at 9am PST the auction will go live- to date, over $2300 worth of running and sporting goods have been donated! And, as you can see above, I’ve really got some FABULOUS support this time around! Continue reading

Wine-ing Allowed

Told ya.

The above photo is of me and my two besties (Amy on the left, Andrea on the right) after crossing the finish line of my very first half marathon through Livermore, California on October 10, 2010. And on March 26, 2017 I will complete it again.

I recall thinking, “10/10/10 has just got to be good luck for my first half!” And it was! I loved running through the lush rolling hills of wine country, passing by the vineyards of all the wineries I have yet to visit, and enjoying all the post-race grapey libations the race had to offer. In just 18 days, I will complete the Livermore Half Marathon, my first half marathon since October 2015. That’s crazy!

And I am again, just like that very first 13.1 ever, nervous! I haven’t run a half in over year and am just getting back to running after a 6 month hiatus… but then there’s the wine. I love running, yes, and I love wine, oh yes. That’s actually the reason why I chose the Livermore Half as my first- The Wine! Livermore is, by far, one of my favorite places to go wine tasting here in the Bay Area. Everyone has heard of Napa, everyone has heard of Sonoma (and they are awesome too!) but I sure love the sleepy, peaceful, temperate, laid back demeanor of Livermore.

I was lucky enough to get a bib for this race via BibRave so am also lucky enough to also share a coupon code with you if you want to join me on March 26th in beautiful Livermore Valley. Read on for more perks to look forward to…

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Past, Present, Future

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a post but something happened. Something BIG. After 10+ years of being a stay-at-home-mom, I got a job. A full time job. That’s a lot of hours away from home, away from my kids, away from the free will that allowed me to run whenever I wanted and to write blog posts whenever I wanted. It was a big transition at first- for me and my entire family- but now, after 5 months, I’m finally getting into a good grove.


The Laura of 5 months ago was so dedicated to running and working out and setting goals and running race after race after race with abandon (when I wasn’t injured, that is) and the Laura of right now is finding some challenge in staying as dedicated. Depending on my life/work balance at the moment, my motivation tends to wane and sleeping to all of 6:30am is often so much more appealing than getting up at 4:45am to get my miles in. Continue reading

The Happiest Feet

Disclaimer: I received this product to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.
Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador),
and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I am- and have been for a very, very long time- a flip flop gal. Other than running shoes, I really can’t stand wearing socks and/or closed toed shoes! I counted all my flip flops for the sake of this post and have 13 pairs- 14 now with my Oofos recovery sandals. When the opportunity with BibRave came along to check out these sweet new flips, I jumped at the chance and must say my feet are so much happier for it!  Oofos are powered by a proprietary foam, called OOfoam, that delivers recovery and cushioning benefits that rejuvenate your feet so they feel happy and free.

Having recovered from that stress fracture in the ball of my foot earlier this year and starting my running routine up again, the first thing I noticed when I tried on my Oofos was how much pressure they alleviated from that part of my foot. As you can see in the photo above, the sandals curve up at the forefoot and, as I learned during my injury, that type of structure is exactly what I need to give the ball of my foot a break. There are sneakers out there that accomplish this too, called “rockers”, but given my issue with closed toed shoes, Oofos sandals are truly the perfect cure for our hard working, tired feet- no socks required.

Run done, Oofos on!

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Today’s Reason: Endurance

As a runner, whenever I hear the word “endurance” I think in terms of miles (don’t we all?). Having successfully recovered from this year’s injury and now training for my one and only road half marathon of the year, I know that it will take time for me to re-build that mileage endurance. While I really want to hit the road (and the trails) and run all the miles every day of the week, I know I can’t as too much running too soon will result in injury- endurance, in this way, truly goes hand-in-hand with patience and good judgement.

Strangely enough, that’s the easy part of running. With 10 years of running experience and 3 running related-injuries under my water belt, I know to simply follow my training plan and plan those rest days accordingly in order to get to race day healthy and ready for that 13.1 mile endurance test. I’ve done it before, I can do it again, and I can certainly endure the time and work it takes to get back to a comfortable and happy 13.1.

By definition, endurance means two different things, first, “the fact or power of bearing pain or hardships” and second, “the ability or strength to continue or last despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions”. Fits the application of running perfectly, yet those definitions imply a negativity therein- “pain”, “hardships”, “adversity” are all true to certain extent; however, I am happy to embrace all that, no matter how difficult, in order to find achievement and success beyond- not just with running, but with all that surrounds it too… Continue reading

Running with Ultima Replenisher

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Disclaimer: I received this product to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.
Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador),
and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

When I started running in 2006, I wasn’t at all familiar with hydration-on-the-run nor did I know what an electrolyte even was! After a year of 5Ks and another year of 10Ks, I started ramping up to the half distance and the training programs I followed all stressed the importance of both hydration + electrolyte intake so I started experimenting; yet, in my newbie-ness still only carried water and avoided on-course electrolytes… until I started training for my first marathon.

I completed my first marathon through Team in Training and was lucky enough to learn from some of the best running coaches here in the San Francisco Bay Area- and they taught me about hydration, informed me about different products and how much water/electrolytes to take in during which hour of my run, and insisted that we carry electrolytes for any run over an hour.

As any veteran runner or coach will tell you, electrolytes (electrically-charged minerals such as sodium, calcium and potassium) are important to replace while running in order to keep the systems of the body functioning properly. As a Super Duper Sweater, I quickly learned that all the cramping I suffered plus all the salt I was covered in following a run meant that I was losing too much of those all-important minerals through sweat during my long runs and if I truly wanted to improve my running performance, I would certainly need to replace them along the way.

Recently, I became a BibRavePro Ambassador and the first product I was sent to try out and review was- you guessed it- Ultima Replenisher electrolyte powder.
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