Week 13 Update

Roughly 13 weeks to go until the NYC Marathon on November 6th.  Here’s a quick update on my training and running life!  The count down is really on now!

  1. Fundraising for Team in Training
  2. Training
  3. Weight goals

Team in Training Fundraising.  Hey all, I’m raising money for blood cancer research and to support Leukemia & Lymphoma society.  Have you donated?  Will you donate a few bucks to support my run?  Donate here:  www.bit.ly/jennsNYC2016

I’ve also launched a t-shirt fundraiser, a portion of every t-shirt sold goes to LLS.  Check out the t-shirt campaign now until August 18th.   We have enough orders to print shirts, and you’ll receive yours about 2 weeks after the close of the fundraiser.    Here I am modeling the prototype (that I printed locally because i could not wait to get one and wear it around town).    Check out the shirts here:   www.bit.ly/awesomeTNTshirts

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the shirt prototype!  Be the one who donates, runs, fights cancer or supports those who do!

Training.  I ran a 12 mile run this past weekend and felt pretty good!  I’ve merged several training plans from the past into a hybrid plan that works around some upcoming races, life events and still gets in two 20+ mile runs.   I hope to do a 22 mile run before the end or even a few miles more than 22.  Most/many training plans have you go up to 20 and assume that the adrenaline/excitement/fear will get you those last 6.2 miles to the finish line.  But in my experience, that last 10K feels like another half marathon!  I plan to push the last long run to 22+ miles so psychologically I know i can make it to the end.  NYC will be my 8th marathon, so I know I can complete the distance but I would love to complete it without hitting that ole familiar “wall” that I know so well!    Running a longer last “long” run will hopefully be a confidence booster more than gaining additional fitness levels.  I

I’ve also connected with Team in Training Massachusetts team and am excited to go down to MA and run with them.  Most of the team are training for Chicago or Marine Corps Marathon but we all have to do a long run, so it will be nice to meet up with the Team.  Otherwise i am on the TNT “flex” team which is made up of runners from around the country.  We meet up virtually on Facebook and phone calls until we rendezvous in NYC for race day!  I have a virtual coach and support team at my finger tips, also nice!

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Weight goals.  “I lost weight training for my marathon” – said no one that I know, ever. Ok, maybe I know one person who ate kale and sweet potatoes 24/7 but anyway…   I’ve had several false starts to weight loss in the last year but feel I’m on the right track toward losing 25 lbs by race day.  I’ve lost 12 so far and am very psyched!  For my past marathons, I have always had a weight goal for race day, but life, training and food (and donuts) have always gotten in the way.  Running and training burns a lot of calories but it also makes you ravenous. Controlling the “post-run chow down” has always been my weak spot.   So what am i doing now that is working?    #1 I’ve been working out 2 days a week at Orange Theory Fitness.  I’ve only ever run to train for the marathon, but adding in HIIT workout/strength training has really helped with my overall fitness, stamina and strength.   Secret weapon #2: tracking calories.  While it’s not an exact science, tracking it makes me accountable to ‘see’ where I am going wrong.  When you have to log a cinnamon bun, then you get shocked back to reality and to stay on the plan.  Secret weapon #3: lower carbs, more vegetables and fruit and I’ve added in Shakeology for one meal a day.    At the beginning of July, I went Whole30 for 2 weeks, i have done it in the past but that was too low-carb.  I bonked hard on my 8 mile run so I stepped back to just eating more balanced meals, but adding back in more carbs.   Whole 30 was great for a jump start and a useful tool for future but I don’t have time to make it work with my marathon training.

See you out there,
– Jenn

 

 

 

Jenn’s Boston Run is Headed to NYC!

Hi All,
In exactly 4 months I will be running the TCS NYC Marathon on November 6th with Team in Training!  This will be my first time running NYC and it will be awesome!  I’ve joined Team in Training (TNT) and my goal is to raise $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  I want to continue to support cancer research after successfully running the Boston Marathon with Dana-Farber in 2014 & 2015 and raising over $26K for cancer research!    I’m excited to make a difference and be part of such a great TEAM!  In a way, TNT got me into marathon running.  My husband first ran with TNT back in 2006 and he inspired me (or challenged me, not sure which) to get into running a half marathon.  The rest is history.   So it is great to be on the TNT Team 10 years after “we” first joined.

A bit more about LLS.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Please consider making a donation of any amount via my fundraising page at:
bit.ly/JennsNYC2016  and thank you in advance!

I’ve kicked off my training this past weekend and have a decent running “base” to build upon.  My goals this season are to complete at least two 20+ mile runs, maybe 3 and to lose some weight in the process–a goal that has alluded me in the past.  Running long distances makes me so hungry!  Stay tuned for progress updates.  I am also adding in strength training which i have never done before.  I typically just run and run, no cross training of any kind, so I am hoping that this will add to my overall fitness and marathon goals.  Finish time goal?  This will be my 8th marathon and I am hoping to finish in under 4h 30m.

Putting the “fun” in Fundraiser.  Stay tuned for announcement of some fun fundraiser events.  I am once again hoping to hold a benefit night at Flatbread’s as well as some other exciting fundraiser challenges!

See you out there,
– Jenn

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2015 Running Recap!

Hello!  Hard to believe that it has been over a year since my last blog!  I thought I would catch everyone up on my running and fundraising results last year and share my latest running challenge.

Boston.  2015!  I was so happy to finish the 2015 Boston marathon and accomplish my goals for the race and for Dana-Farber.  The run was cold, wet, but still wonderful.   I am so jealous of the gorgeous weather this year! (more on that later)   Heading to the starting line in ponchos was not a great sign and the rain came down pretty steadily for the whole race.   I tossed my poncho to a clown (totally random but true, an actual clown, full makeup and costume) around mile 13 and kept going.   Once I got past Heartbreak, I was overcome by emotion.  So proud to have made it that far and representing my donors and their loved ones.  In the final tally, I finished the marathon in under 5 hours (4:48) and raised $13,810 for cancer research!  At this year’s Boston Marathon, I volunteered at the finish line for Dana-Farber, escorting Dana-Farber runners from the finish line to the DFMC headquarters at the Marriott Copley.  I appreciated this so much last year and it was a fun day, helping folks back to the recovery center.  I had a great time with Dana-Farber and will run Boston again with them–it’s an amazing cause and group of people!

Half Marathons.   I ran a few half marathons following Boston and leading up to the end of 2015.  I always love to run the Wallis Sands Half Marathon and the Seacoast Half which are our two local half marathons.  I sign up for those every year, if nothing else to try and keep in shape for a spring and fall half!

Inagural Stratham Half Marathon June 2015.  This race looked fun and was right in my backyard–running on some of my usual training roads. The course was challenging in itself, very hilly, but that day it rained all day–torrential downpours!   This race was the wettest race I have ever run, we were drenched from the start.  My family watched me run by from inside the car and my youngest remarked “I don’t know why anyone would do this”.   Good point.  Here I am at the finish but the photo doesn’t reflect just how wet we were!  Sadly, it looks like there is no 2016 race.  Looks like the medal may be a collector’s item!  I’ve run a few inagural halfs in the past few years, perhaps i’m a jinx.   Anyone remember the Applecrest half?

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2015 Stratham Half Marathon

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Marine Corps Marathon 2015.  This was my 3rd running of this marathon and it was another great weekend in D.C.  Unfortunately my running buddy couldn’t run it at the last minute but we still had a fun race weekend except that I had to go run 26.2 in the middle of it!  I love this race, the Marines, the excitement but not “the bridge” across the Potomac from the National Mall to Crystal City.   That bridge gets me every time!  I am not running this in 2016 but perhaps odd years and I’ll return in 2017 to the “People’s race”.

2015 was a great year for running.  I ran two marathons, raised over $13K for  Dana-Farber and met a few of my goals.   I’m setting new and different goals in 2016.  More on that coming soon!  Hint: you may notice I’ve redecorated this page with some clues as to my next big challenge.

-Jenn

2 Weeks to Go! Training Update!

Much has happened in the 2 weeks since my last blog.  Let me start by saying it’s 11 days until the marathon and it freaking snowed last night!  I don’t need it to be warm, just no snow on April 20th!  Here’s a run down on the latest news.

Training.
I completed my 3rd and final 20-miler two weeks ago and ran an 11 mile loop in my neighborhood.  I didn’t make it down to the team run in Boston as I had hoped but I got the run done which is what counts.  My first two 20-milers, I ran with a buddy, but this time I ran alone in starting out at 0630.  I have now come to appreciate running with a buddy for the long runs.   I averaged 9:50 minute/miles which was my best of the season but the last 3-4 miles was a struggle mentally.  But all training is in the books now and I am ‘tapering’- cutting back on running and taking it easy until race day!   Can I get some cowbell?

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Sponsor a Mile.
Each of us on the Dana-Farber team run in honor or in memory of those affected by cancer.  Many of my teammates decorate their race day “singlet” (shirt) with names of friends and family to be honored.  I am running  in honor of survivors (like my grandmother) and in memory of those who lost their fight. I want to honor 27 people this year and have 12 miles that still need a “sponsor” (one for each of the 26 miles and 1 more for the 0.2 mile = 26.2). Check out my SPONSOR A MILE page and please consider donating in honor or memory of someone close to you. www.bit.ly/jennsMiles    I will carry those names with me on the race and keep them in my thoughts.

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12 miles still need a sponsor, consider donating in honor of a loved one!

Fundraising.
Thank you to all who came out to my fundraiser at Flatbread’s in Portsmouth!  The raffle and silent auction were really successful this year and we made more on pizza sales than last year.  The final tally was $1,425 all for cancer research!  I am getting very close to my goal of $12.5K !  Please consider sponsoring a mile or making a donation of any amount!
www.rundfmc.org/2015/jenniferh
Thank you!   See you out there,
– Jenn

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Training Update- 4 weeks to go!

Thank you supporters!  In the past 5 days, I have received over $2000 in donations brining me to $6K of my $10K goal.  We are getting close!  Only 4 weeks until Marathon Monday!  I am working hard on my upcoming fundraiser on April 7th and also on my training.  The last “20-miler” will be this Saturday, running with the Dana-Farber team from Boston College out 10 miles and back 10 miles – up Heartbreak Hill.   Let’s pick up the tempo in the final four weeks!  Thanks for your continued support!

Jenn’s Fundraiser at Flatbread Portsmouth April 7th 4-9pm

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I am so excited to be hosting a fundraiser at Flatbread in Portsmouth, NH on Tuesday, April 7th from 4pm – 9pm!  Please come out and join me for some great food and drinks!  Flatbread will be donating a portion of every pizza sold (including take out) to my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge campaign.  100% of the money that I raise goes toward innovative cancer research at the Claudia Adams Barr Program.    Here is how you can support me and help us reach the ultimate finishline:  a world without cancer.

Come out to Flatbread in Portsmouth on Tuesday April 7th, from 4-9pm.   Eat in or take out pizza!  You can participate in the raffle and silent auction at the door.  Or you can participate now online!   RSVP on Facebook and get updates:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1767962256762213/
Event listing on Portsmouth Patch!

RAFFLE at the door and online.   I will be holding a drawing for some awesome prizes this year.  You can participate in two ways.  First, come out on April 7th and buy raffle tickets at the door OR buy raffle tickets in advance by donating online to my fundraiser.  There will be a separate drawing (jar) for each raffle item.  If you want to put all your tickets in the drawing for one item you can.  Or spread them around.   Drawings for all items will be done at 9pm on April 7th.  You need not be there to win, I will call you so be sure I have a contact number on your tickets!

Raffle Tickets:  1 for $5  |  3 for $10  |  5 for $20  | 10 for $26.20 (marathon distance!) 
Buy tickets now or at the door on April 7th.
To buy now, donate at:  www.rundfmc.org/2015/jenniferh  then let me know how to divy up your tickets amongs the prize drawings.  Shoot me an email at jenn.h@comcast.net

Raffle PRIZES: 

1. Runner’s Alley $50 gift certificate!
2. Target Gift Card worth $30
3.  The District $20 gift certificate
4.  Cinemagic movie theater:  2 passes
5.  Blue Mermaid Island Grill $25 gift certificate
6.  Radici restaurant- $25 gift certificate
7.  Loco Coco’s Tacos – $30 gift card
8.  Cycle Fierce 5 Ride Pack ($80 value)!
9.  Book & Bar ($20)
10.  Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt!  $20 gift certificate  –JUST ADDED!

SILENT AUCTION OPEN NOW!  You can also support cancer research and get a little something for yourself at my silent auction.  The auction closes at 11pm on April 28th.  If you “win” the bid or “buy now”, I will contact you regarding payment via a donation to Dana-Farber.  If you’re a control “enthusiast” like me, why leave it to chance?  Buy now and feel great it’s all for cancer research.
Link to the Auction going on now!  www.32auctions.com/jennsbostonrun

Available a the Silent Auction:

1. Wallis Sands Half Marathon 2015 entry (the race is sold out!). Race is May 17th, 2015
2. Shio Japanese Restaurant $50 gift certificate–SOLD!
3. Original art by Jay Schadler “back channel” view of Portsmouth, canvas. SOLD!
4. Cyclefierce 5 ride pack to CycleFierce indoor cycling studio, Portsmouth.
5.  Saucony Men’s Nomad running jacket from Runner’s Alley (great for fall, winter and spring of 2015!)

I hope to see you on April 7th or please consider taking part in the raffle and silent auction online!  I would also appreciate any donation of any amount to the campaign as well.
Donations:  www.rundfmc.org/2015/jenniferh
Also I’ll have my ‘team’ at the fundraiser.  Come find out why there is a panda on our event banner?  What’s it like to run a marathon?  What the heck is “GU” and why would you eat it?  More myths busted and mysteries solved on April 7th!

See you out there,
– Jenn

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Boston Training Update

Hello friends,

Just back from Florida (my review of the Disney Princess Half Marathon coming soon) and yep, the snow is still here.  Shoveled the driveway twice this week already, a few inches of snow on Monday and Wednesday, just enough to be annoying.  Training for Boston is going pretty well.   I am following a new plan this race from a book, Run Less, Run Faster.  It prescribes 3 ‘quality runs’ per week where you focus on a specific pace or goal rather than just getting in mindless miles.  This appealed to me because with working and parenting, 3 runs a week sounds awesome.  I also wanted to take a step back from over training or the brink of over training, where I have been in the past.  The book:  http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/run-less-run-faster

I’ve been running since January 1st on the treadmill with 2 exceptions, the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, TX and the Princess Half last month in Orlando, FL.   The snow is everywhere and roads are still dangerous– too narrow in spots, no visibility around snowbanks, ice, more snow.   I did run my first OUTSIDE run of 2015 on March 1st, and ran a 20 miler out and back down by the beach.   I find I have to go out and back, because once I am out there, I have to get back to my car.  That second half is where my motivation sometimes waivers.

Some things I’ve learned this training season or observations (so far):

1. The Walking Dead may not be the show to watch while on the treadmill.  Too many suspenseful zombie moments.  But I am looking for a new series since finishing LOST and Criminal Minds.
2.  As a runner, you should rotate your shoes.  Last month I got two new pairs to replace the pair that I have been wearing since summer of 2013 and through 3 marathons (Boston, Disney and Marine Corps).  Yes I know, I’m a bad runner.  I don’t follow some of the usual things one should do.  But I’m on the right track!
3. When you see it, buy more body glide.  You can never have too many of those travel sized sticks.  Not elaborating further for your benefit.
4. My iphone freezes at 8F despite being in an inside pocket.   On my 20 miler last weekend it died 3.5 miles in.  Ironically during a Morrissey song.  GU also semi-freezes.
5. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.  Or enjoy the sunrise, sunset or beauty of the season.  Yes, even in this wintery hell there can be some beauty.
6.  Wear my Dana-Farber Marathon Shirt to my next race.  I wore it in Texas and Disney and had a few cheers of “Go dana-farber” or people comment how Dana-Farber has helped them or a loved one.  Reminds me what the real goal is: a world without cancer.  And if I can help reach that goal, I will.
7.  This winter must end.   Forget Elsa, this winter is the work of the “White Witch’ of Narnia!  (currently my girls favorite movie, ironically they weren’t big Frozen fans).

witch-hogFundraising update!  For my local Seacoast friends, I will be holding a fundraiser at Flatbread in Portsmouth on April 7th!  A portion of pizza sales will go to my campaign and I will have prizes for raffle and silent auction.  This year you can throw down raffle tickets just for the prizes you want– a separate drawing for each item.   And a few items for silent auction so you can secure them right away.

Please mark your calendars for April 7th, from 4-9pm for benefit night.  You can join the event on Facebook for more updates on raffle & auction prizes.  So far a few items include gift certificates to Loco Coco’s Taco’s,  Cycle Fierce spin studio, Blue Mermaid Bar & Grill, Cinemagic movie tickets.  Just a preview of some of the awesome prizes!   Join the Facebook event click here

fundraiserFBjennsbostonrunPlease support my run and support cancer research!  Still time to donate at www.bit.ly/dfmcjenn2015   I’ll be updating the fundraising ‘thermometer’ soon.  So far I have raised about $1000 of my $10,000 goal.  Help me reach my goal!

thanks, run safely out there!
-Jenn