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. Continue reading →
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 myTeam in Training effortsfor 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 →
I gotta be totally honest and say it’s really hard- for me- to write a good 5K race recap. In 3 miles, not too much can happen and 5Ks are over way too quickly for me to really want to bother with carrying my camera, so without miles and miles of photos, I’ve got nothing to create a good 5K recap with! However, I ran three 5K races in 3 consecutive weekends, so put them all together and here’s a 5K race post trifecta! WOO HOO!
First up was the Hot Chocolate 5K on January 12th in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. As an official blogger for the race, I was very happy to arrive and start snapping pre-race photos of the amazingly beautiful sunrise but BFF Amy’s photos came out much better!
On August 3rd, I am competing as a member of The Guardsmen Trail Run Team in the Angel Island 12K Race to raise money for Bay Area at-risk youth and the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.
I became a big fan of The Guardsmen after participating in their Presidio 10 race last year and then again when I did one of their trail training runs earlier this year- I met a lot of The Guardsmen volunteers and after speaking with them about their cause, I was happy to help spread the word.
The Guardsmen help at-risk Bay Area youth by providing outdoor education programs and scholarships. They are committed to making sure that fundraising dollars are spent wisely- approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support programs for kids- so I am holding a raffle in their honor! Continue reading →
Oakland’s candlelight vigil in honor of the Boston Marathon (photo credit: See Jane Run)
Last Thursday, I attended a 3 mile run (1 mile for each victim) followed by a candlelight vigil in honor of the Boston Marathon. The event was organized by See Jane Run and it was fantastic- we ran the streets of Oakland with police escorts, gave several moments of silence for all the victims within the supportive arms of our running community and found a bit of comfort therein. We brought awareness to our city and showed that we won’t be stopped- I felt so honored running through my hometown, people clapping as we ran by saying, “God bless you, runners, go Boston!” It was moving, it was emotional and it was healing…
PLUS, yours truly got interviewed for the local news that night- click on this pic to catch the brief news segment… I said lots of deep and profound things about how the events in Boston have effected our tribe as a whole but they only used these 5 seconds- I’ll take it!
If you can relate to the above picture, then you know what kind of “technical difficulties” I’m referring to: running clothes. They are EVERYWHERE and it’s becoming quite an issue for me, my closet, and my dresser drawers. I have so much technical gear that I broke 2 drawers right off my dresser trying to shove it all in!
I was stuck home with sick kids yesterday so I did some laundry and went ahead and laid out ALL of my work out clothing on the bed and counted- I’m up to 78 technical shirts and 25 bottoms. And that doesn’t even take into account all the shoes, socks, bras, jackets, hats and headbands I’ve been collecting over the past 6 years.
“Hello, my name is Laura and I’m an addict.” Anyone else care to join me at AAA? (Athletic Apparel Anonymous) Continue reading →
I joined Team in Training last May to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and ran my first marathon, the Nike Women’s Marathon on October 16th. It was such an amazingly fulfilling experience, I became more than dedicated to the cause and to all the wonderful people and honorees I met along the way. Not wanting to quit, I have decided to train for another marathon with TNT and will be running in the San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon on June 3rd. In order to run my second 26.2, I have pledged to raise $2250 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. Continue reading →