Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sandy Volunteer Opportunities Map

Just enter your address or zip code, and the distance away from you that you're able to travel.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Why I'm Making Strides - Central Park NY 2012

Recently, I had a bit of a scare. I went for a mammogram, and got a call from my doctor that my results were abnormal, and that a second mammogram was needed. I scheduled my appointment, and began the nerve-wracking experience of worrying and waiting. The day of the second mammogram came, and after the films were taken, I was led into the ultrasound room for additional imaging. To say I was scared would have been an understatement. Fortunately, the radiologist was able to determine that the nodule was not cancerous. However, it was deep, and hard to determine what it was. A few weeks ago, I had a biopsy. The results came in a few days ago. It was a fibroid. I heaved a huge sigh of relief. My lump was not cancerous.

I was lucky. Many women are not. I don't know how I would've handled it had my lump turned out to be breast cancer. This is why I am Making Strides.

2012 Making Strides of Central Park NY

'via Blog this'

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How We Can Honor and Help Families Left Behind

Please help me as I support Active Heroes and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, by making a donation on my behalf at Every little bit helps me get to my goal of raising $100.00

From the 9/11 Forces Run:
The 9/11 Forces Run event is a special way we can all honor and help those families left behind:
1762 residents of New York
1402 persons in Tower 1
674 residents of New Jersey
658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald L.P.
614 persons in Tower 2
355 employees of Marsh Inc.
343 firefighters
175 employees of Aon Corporation
37 Port Authority police officers
23 police officers
2 paramedics
1 firefighter was killed by a man who jumped off the top floors
On the airplanes there were 246 members of the crews, and passengers.
87 on American Airlines Flight 11
60 on United Airlines Flight 175
59 on American Airlines Flight 77
40 on United Flight 93
During the attack on the Pentagon 125 military personnel and civilians died.
Let us all run as many miles as we can to remember these people! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So Glad I Got My Walk in Earlier

Otherwise, I might've had to walk in this:

I didn't get a long walk in today, because it was up around 98 degrees earlier this afternoon, but I did get close to a mile in somehow. At least the thunderstorm cooled things down a little.

Friday, June 22, 2012

You Have the Power to Save a Life

Ivy was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and needs to find a bone marrow donor. There will be a bone marrow registry donor drive this weekend in Brooklyn, NYC. Registering for the bone marrow donor registry is super-easy, and you will only be called to donate if you are a potential match for someone.

Getting swabbed is all it takes to help someone's odds of finding a life-saving match. If you can't make a donor drive in person, you can also request a kit by mail from Be the Match at

You have the power to save a life. Will you use it?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Two Half Marathons in May - Over and DONE

I'm still not sure what possessed me to sign up for two half marathons within two weeks of each other, but I did it, I race walked them, finished them, and, most importantly, earned two new medals to add to my collection! The Long Branch Half Marathon with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training on May 6th, followed by the Super Hero Half Marathon in Morris Township, NJ on May 20th.

Now I get to take it "easy". "Easy" as in no half marathons for at least another 4 months (the Hershey Half on 10/21 is looking very interesting) or major fundraising efforts for at least another 6 months. (I may reconsider that if Team in Training is doing the Disney Half in January 2013.)

Next up on my race schedule is The Color Run 5K with my niece, Erica. It will be her first race, and I signed us both up as soon as registration opened this past Wednesday. By the end of the race, we're both going to look like Walt Disney threw up all over us. VERY cool! :-)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Taco Tuesday Fundraising Challenge = My First-Ever Tattoo???

In keeping with the personal significance of Taco Tuesday, today starts my Taco Tuesday Fundraising Challenge. If I make my Team in Training fundraising minimum in time for my April 18th deadline, I PROMISE that I will get a smaller version of this tattoo emblazoned on my leg by year-end to honor those I race in honor/memory of. All donations welcome, no amount is too small! Every dollar helps save a life!

Source: via Carol on Pinterest

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Beer Garden Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Astoria | Events | Yelp

Saturday, February 18, 2012 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
2919 24th Ave Astoria, NY 11102 (718) 274-4925
We're raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with the Team in Training Queens Team!

There will be lots of raffle prizes and a 50/50. Here's the best part: ALL GUESTS WILL GET A FREE BEER! So, come hang out with some of your favorite people and raise money for a great cause.

Donation at the door is $15.00. Please be sure to mention that Carol sent you, so I get credit for your donation and attendance!

If you can't make it, but would still like to make a donation, you may do so at

Monday, February 6, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Now is the Time on Sprockets When We Whine

I think we may all hit this point at some time during our fundraising and training efforts. I woke up yesterday having some serious doubts about this whole NJ Half Marathon thing. My fundraising's not going as well as planned, I'm worried about the finishing time limit for the race, and lately, I'm just not that into pushing it for some reason.

My final fundraising amount of $2,150.00 isn't due until mid-April. BUT... I need to commit to raising the full amount by mid-February. Once I re-commit, what a lot of people don't realize is that it's then on my head to either raise $2,150.00 in donations, or have any shortfall come out of my pocket. I think that's the part that I'm really not sure about at this point. I really can't take on another financial obligation, even a potential one.

According to the official info, there's also a strict 3:15 (that's 3 hours and 15 minutes for you non-runners) time limit on the half, otherwise you do not qualify as a finisher and do not get a medal. My current finishing time on a half is 3:31.

If I really run/walk the whole thing, the 3:15 shouldn't be a problem, but I'm just in a funky "I'm sick of asking people for money and getting up and out of the house before 7:30 on a Saturday morning in the cold" kind of a place.

Feelin' Groovy

I did manage to get off the pity pot long enough to get to Astoria Park for our 8 mile Queensboro Bridge Run/Walk/Whatever, which was followed by a group brunch at Sparrow Tavern. Walking across the bridge and back with my mentor, Susan, and team mate Nikki helped put things into a better perpective, but the jury's still out for me on this one.

Yesterday was definitely one of those "dark days of training". I'm seriously hoping it will pass. Now, if this had been Disney, it might've been a whole 'nother story.