Three Things Thursday

1.  I’m in week 3 of Ironman Canada training and last night I had my longest swim in more than 2 years. 2 YEARS!!!

I’ll tell you how I feel about that — WOOT! BAM! POW! POP! WHIZ! TAKE THAT! HELL YA! *expletive in my mind right here*

Thank you Jess for joining me for this awesome workout!

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2.  Throwback Thursday (Circa 2006) — My very first marathon that started all this craziness and fun! The California International Marathon.

What’s funny about this picture is I’m reminded that I thought it was a good idea to take a Chocolate Outrage Espresso Love GU every 1/2 hour I was running.  So not a good idea.  EVER.  Needless to say, I haven’t touched that flavor of GU since.

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3.  Every bit of my training is dedicated this week to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  Every day, I have pulled up the photos of those lives that were lost that day and think about them, their families, and I focus my attention on making my training spectacular — for them.  I thank my friends at #FURTHERFASTERFOREVER who had this idea! So far, I’m 23 miles in – and plan to triple that! Click on the photo below to read my blog post about this awesome cause! It’s not too late to sign up!!

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What are your Three Things Thursday?

Have you ever OD’d on GU?

Are you doing the Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Run & Ride? 

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Run & Ride

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This past week, I signed up for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Run & Run.

My friends at #FURTHERFASTERFOREVER had a great idea to honor the memory of the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and I want to spread the word and get others involved.  Please join me in making this a success!

Here is the description as posted on Active.com:

“The Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Run & Ride is an opportunity for you to get out and be active while donating 100% of the entry fees to the victims families and first responders of the tragedy that happened on December 14, 2012 in Newtown Connecticut. FurtherFasterForever, an online community of athletes will be donating 100% of the entry fees to the HopeMob (http://hopemob.org) for their projects in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary.”

Additional Information:

“This event is for the sole purpose of raising money for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. There will be no bibs, timing, divisions or medals. This is a race for you to run/ride in memory of the victims. Compete against yourself, run 26 miles in one run/ride or do it over the course of a week. The event can be as challenging as you would like. We just want to provide a way for athletes worldwide to show their support to the victims families.”

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So, for the week of January 14 to January 20, 2013, I will run and ride 26 miles for them, for their families, for the community and town of Newton.

Signing up was easy.  I clicked on the link through the #FURTHERFASTERFOREVER website and it took me to Active.com.

If you don’t want to Run and/or Ride, please feel free to donate!  It’s easy — click HERE!

Here is what else #FURTHERFASTERFOREVER had to say:

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“We are excited to introduce you to HopeMob. HOPEMOBHopeMob is a non-profit charity that has been featured on Oprah, CNN, Mashable that uses crowd-source fundraising for projects around the world. The HopeMob has several initiatives started to help the families and first responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. They will continue raising support until the end of January. We love the HopeMob because 100% of the donations are given to the projects they fund. The operational costs of HopeMob are covered by separate donations and through generous volunteers.

We have decided the best way we can honor the victims of the terrible tragedy in Newtown is by hosting The Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Run & Ride.

Here is how it works:

    • Register at Active.com for the Run & Ride (registration costs $20 + $3.95 Active registration fee *waived if you are Active member)
  • Anytime between January 14 – 20, 2013 complete a total of 26 miles running or cycling. (You can do this all at once or over the course of a couple runs/rides)
  • 100% of entry fees from the event will be given to HopeMob projects related to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. No funds will go to other HopeMob projects or to Further Faster Forever.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Run & Ride is meant to be an online/individual event (although we love the idea of community and would love to see you run or ride with friends). There will be no t-shirts, divisions, awards or medals given out. This event is a way for you to make a donation to the victims and their families, while doing something to honor them by running or riding in memory of the victims.

We would love to be part of your running or riding, feel free to tag us in your photos (#FurtherFasterForever or #F3SHMRR) on Instagram and Twitter, posting them on our Facebook wall or emailing to us at info@furtherfasterforever.com. Hopefully we will be able to put together various photo collages to send with the checks from HopeMob to the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Families.

No one should ever have to experience a tragedy like this. Let’s be a community of athletes that runs/rides in remembrance of the lives lost. Terrible tragedies can bring out the worst in people or they can bring out the best in people. The Further Faster Forever community is determined to be an organization that helps bring out the best not only every athlete but also in every person.

Register today for The Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Run & Ride”

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Special thanks to my friends at #FURTHERFASTERFOREVER for letting me use their pictures and post them in my blog!