Fundraiser Success & a Chilly Run

Happy Saturday everyone!

I’m overjoyed but exhausted from last night – I had a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at a bar in the city. I feel so humbled and thankful for all of the support I received…about 100 people came out to have a little fun, win some prizes, and help raise funds to cure cancer! I’m such a lucky girl to have such amazing friends. And an absolutely wonderful boyfriend who helped me get a ton of incredible raffle and silent auction items.  I definitely have a lot of thank you notes to write!

Raffle overload!

Raffle overload!

My second family!

My second family!

Naturally since I didn’t have time to eat dinner (unless you count pizza at 1AM because I was STARVING post-event) and was running around all night, I slept in a little later than usual. When I finally got dressed to run, I was totally dreading it. I wanted to lay in bed and stay warm and comfy and then go to brunch. And drink coffee.


I did run. However, I compromised with myself. (Does that even make sense?) I was supposed to run 9 miles but I knew I just didn’t have it in me. I can’t help it. So I opted for 6 instead. I have a bike workout tomorrow but maybe I’ll tack on a few miles. Either way, I’m okay with it. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to just go with how you’re feeling and do what you can. No sense freaking out at this point. I’ll be okay.

The best part of my run was seeing Erin, Laura, and Beth in the park! We chatted for a few minutes before we all continued on our own runs. I headed up Cat Hill and on to the reservoir for a lap.

Yes, I stopped a lot during this run. Oops.

Yes, I stopped a lot during this run. Oops.

I really love running around the reservoir. It just feels so New York to me – like the New York that I always dreamt about when I was in college in Kansas. I think because there were multiple scenes on Sex and the City of Charlotte and Miranda running there…and obviously I watched that show on repeat. (Yes I’m relating my life to the lives of fictional characters. That’s normal…right?) By the time I finished the loop I was NOT feeling it. My face was freezing and my legs were dragging. I just wanted to be done. Thoughts of breakfast and a hot cup of coffee literally got me through it.

I ran up, I ran in a circle, I ran back. You're welcome for the extremely thorough description.

I ran up, I ran in a circle, I ran back. You’re welcome for the extremely thorough description.

This run was supposed to be a “Zone 1” run, meaning “easy”. (Look at me using fancy triathlon terminology! I’m learning!) I finally finished my 6 slow miles and immediately went inside to take a hot shower.

Tomorrow I plan to do absolutely nothing but watch football. And probably eat a lot of snacks. (After that bike workout, of course!)

Hey, speaking of the Superbowl (I thought you would never ask!) I actually have Superbowl pool going on! Check it out HERE. 

The pool is currently up to $420…half of it will go to the winner, and the other half will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Wouldn’t you like an extra $210+?! I thought so! Feel free to pick a box for $10 – instructions and details for payment are on the “Contest Rules” tab. I’m working on selling all the boxes so I can get the winner more money…and raise more funds for cancer research!

Password: gojets

Any questions? Let me know! Have wonderful weekend!

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  1. February 2, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    if i visit nyc I am making you take me on a running tour, I want to run in nyc so badly! congrats on the amazing fundraising success

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:16 pm

      Come visit! Let’s do it!!

  2. February 2, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Looks like you are well on your way to fundraising success!!
    Listen to your body! It knows you well! :)

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:17 pm

      It sure does :) Why don’t I listen more?!

  3. February 3, 2013 / 9:25 am

    Glad you got some running in, but you’re totally right you just have to listen to your body, especially a day after a fundraiser when you have a lot going on. Glad you had so many people come to the fundraiser too, looks like you guys had a great time for a great cause. And it’s totally okay to stop during a run for beautiful views like that one!

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks Amy!! (You’re right…I’ll always stop for pretty pictures no matter what! And won’t feel bad about it, haha!)

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