One Day

One day I would like to do a race for charity. If feels like the kind of thing that everyone truly passionate about running and or helping others should do at least once .I’m told it is an amazing experience, tons fun, life changing, motivational, incredible and I admire anyone and everyone who does it so naturally I want to experience it too… one day. It has always been a one day thing, one day I’ll do it, one day it’ll make sense to do it… that day is here and it’s not a day its a one month, one year process.

Many, many people run (or walk) a race for charity, they are all awesome! I’m running 2 races on back to back days, as in over the same weekend, as in on consecutive days, totaling 19.3 miles for charity. What? Why? because that is how I roll.

I am a big supporter or go big or go home, don’t go if you aren’t going all the way and so on…  so for me, if I am doing a race for charity (also flying across the country, raising thousands of dollars and borderline torturing myself) it’s not going to be for a 5k, it’s going to be for an EPIC! journey.

First a little about the charity. Team In Training, TNT, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The purple shirts, the people who are raising money to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. From their website… Created 24 years ago, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), has grown to be the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program. TNT has prepared more than 570,000 people to achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, 100-mile (century) bicycle ride or hike adventure. Those participants have raised a remarkable $1.3 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.

TNT team in training logo

Over 1,000,000 people across the United States currently battle leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, yes 1 million plus people and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) offers a free, comprehensive array of services to blood cancer patients and their families, volunteer caregivers and advocates, healthcare professionals and the public. Without donations and athletes raising money this would not be possible.

Now the fun stuff, have you figured out the race(s) that I am running yet? Did you put 1 and 1 together?

I’m RUNNING the brand spanking new, Inaugural Disney Dumbo Double Dare!

Graphic borrowed from the awesome Pavement Runner aka http://pavementrunner.com/
Graphic borrowed from the awesome Pavement Runner aka http://pavementrunner.com/ hope he doesn’t sue me

My thoughts have gone something like this… What? Why? … Why would anyone run back to back races? in the summer? have you totally lost it? wait you are going to raise money to run 19.3 miles? hold up… a 10k then a half in the same weekend? are you sure you can handle this jos, you are not a beast of an athlete, you aren’t that hardcore… or are you? Look, I know that I may not be the fastest runner, I’m definitely not the furthest runner, and I’m not the best runner however I run with a lot of heart and passion and as I’ve said I go big or go home!

Fabulous race bling, an amazing, maybe life changing experience, good friends old and new, good times, did I mention race bling? Disney Land (yay!) and sore muscles await me. If you are running the Dumbo Double, 10k or Half please let me know I want to connect with and meet as many people as I can!

Finally … I don’t like to ask for help, I try to avoid asking for help but guys I need your help! and a lot of it, in a lot of ways

How can you help?

Straight up donate here

Register for my Summer Sunset Run here – A virtual race with all profits going towards my TNT fundraising! Your registration gets you chance to win prizes which are currently TBD and promise to be awesome and a sweet die cut medal!

If you are not in to virtual races or can’t/don’t want to donate money you can still help!

  • Donate a RT or 7, please.
  • Tell your friends, all of them.
  • Post about this/me on Facebook – you can even be my friend/tag me 😉
  • Cough up some motivation for me, I’m going to need it
  • Share your thoughts on companies that may or may not want to donate a raffle prize?
  • Pass along your fundraising tips
  • Something else?

I’m crazy excited, a little scared, and ready to run. Who’s run back to back races? Any training tips?

 

10 comments

    I have done a few back to back races. Some on the same day (5k followed by 10k) and a few back to back days (both were 5k's). Those are both shorter than what you will be doing but the principles are the same. Make sure you are fueled properly, and make sure to stay hydrated. The time in between races is key, fuel hydrate, stretch and repeat!

    Laura | 4 years ago Reply

      Thanks for the tips ;)

      Josephine | 4 years ago Reply

      I concur with Laura. I've done two 3-Day walks for breast cancer, and two 2-days walks for breast cancer, and a 50K 1-Day walk. Fuel-hydrate-stretch-have fun-repeat. And a dry pair of socks wouldn't hurt. Enjoy the experience including the craziness before and after.

      gayle | 4 years ago Reply

    YAYAYAYAYAYAY!! Glad you decided. See you there! :)

    Abby | 4 years ago Reply

      woo hoo! cant wait!!! we def need to take some pics, like together at one or both of the races ;)

      Josephine | 4 years ago Reply

    Good luck! For the past two years I ran the Dolphin Challenge at the Shamrock Marathon (8k on Saturday and half on Sunday). My best advice is to just train well. Make sure your legs are strong, do some strength training and core. If possible do a couple back-to-back races prior to the actual race, so you know how it feels. Last year I did ratios, but never the same distance as what I was actually going to run. And last, decide if you want either of them to be a PR or if the whole thing is for fun. Setting your expectations early so you know how you want to tackle both races is vital. If you just want to run the 10k for fun, but PR the half you know to take it easy on the 10k or vice versa. Last year I PRed on both (unintentionally), this year I didn't PR either. Eh. Just make sure you know what you want out of both races so at the end you're happy with how it went.

    Chris | 4 years ago Reply

      thank you thank you thank you! strength, good one, thanks! i think ill run them both for fun maybe ill unintentionally PR too!

      Josephine | 4 years ago Reply

    I've done a 10K at 9:30 and a 5K at noon. I also, not back to back but a challenge, ran two marathons in the month of May last year. As long as you stick to your training, you'll be fine.

    Nicki | 4 years ago Reply

      stick to training... i guess there is a first time for everything ;)

      Josephine | 4 years ago Reply

    I'm doing my third TNT event on May 5th and am so excited that you are doing the Dumbo Double Dare for LLS! Congratulations! It is a life changing experience. Being a part of the TEAM has truly enhanced my life and my running. Wish you all the best! And since you're in NYC, if you get the chance to train with the Westchester Chapter they're awesome people and a great group to run with :)

    Jenn | 4 years ago Reply

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