Thursday, May 24, 2012

Three Things Thurs: Memorial Day!

ONE
I'm running the Bayshore Half Marathon this Saturday... and I'm totally winging it!  I really should be more excited... it was a killer to get into, sold out in less than 24 hours.  The course is beautiful along the upper coastline of the lower peninsula of Michigan with outstanding views of water. However I have absolutely no plan going into my 10th half. Coming off the full marathon earlier this month, I haven't been slacking on running, but I haven't really been training either.  So we'll see what happens.  We leave in a couple hours and I still have no idea what I'm even going to wear.  This is so odd for me.

While I'm there, I am looking forward to meeting the founder of Sexy Mom's Running Club, who is graciously hosting my family's visit to Traverse City.  My hubby even found a 5k for Memorial Day on Monday.  Double race weekend?  Why not!?  I'm in a I love to run zone right now. I'm on Day 12 of a Run Streak and think I just may continue onward by participating in the RW Summer Running Streak (38 days from Memorial Day thru 4th of July).  Watch for tweets with #RWRunStreak. More details here.


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TWO
This week, I joined TeamUSO for the Air Force Half Marathon (September).  I didn't sign up for a free race entry to a sold out event; I already had my race entry.  I signed up because I believe in the work of the USO.  Their mission is simple: to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families. They take care of our troops while deployed and the families back home.  They make "service before self" more manageable for American solidiers.  I encourage you to read more about the USO here and you'll be Wow-ed. I've raised thousands of dollars for a variety of charities through the years, but I can honestly say I will be most proud of this one.

Join me for a Run Free Summer.  I will be doing a variety of fun stuff throughout the summer to raise money in support our military.  First up is some pretty cool looking running shirts if I do say so myself. Are you running a race for the 4th of July festivities?  This sleeveless tank will be perfect for you (and your partner!) to show your patriotism.  Pre-orders are now open until June 7 to guarantee your size.  ORDER HERE.
Order Your Shirt HERE.


THREE
Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a FREE RACE ENTRY into one of the five events at the Quad Cities Marathon.  It's one of the Top Midwest Marathons... and I should know because it was my first full marathon!   I love the course and am so excited to return this fall.  I hope you'll join me.  Enter the giveaway contest here.

Still looking for CLICK winner Joanna Gruchalla... Email me your mailing address to claim your prize.


16 comments:

  1. Have a great trip and race! I'm doing a half on Sunday!! I'm totally in for the Streak!! Sometimes I have the best times when I am the least concerned! What an awesome organization you are joining up with!!!

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  2. I might have to order one of those once I get paid tomorrow! The Air Force Marathon will be my first full, and I'm so excited!

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  3. Have fun at Bayshore!!!! I regret not registering for it...

    How awesome about Team USO!! I keep on going back and forth about whether or not to register with them for the NYC marathon... they really do so much. As someone with a injured vet, they really do so much!

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  4. Have a great Memorial weekend, Jess! Just a heads up - your race isn't in Michigan's Upper Peninsula - it's in the LOWER Peninsula. I will be in the UPPER Peninsula this weekend (that's where I am from) doing 2 races - a 10k and 5k. It's just a pet peeve of mine when people call the lower peninsula the upper peninsula. :P Traverse City is beautiful though! You will love it!

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    1. whoops! I actually meant to say the upper edge of the lower peninsula! LOL

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    2. haha I figured that you knew the difference! :)

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  5. Team USO is a great orginization! Love the shirt!

    If you have a chance please check out my blog for a Memorial Day Run for the Fallen happening this Monday. All we are asking is for people to join us in pledging their miles to run this Memorial day in honor of the 6,460 Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. I am proudly a part of Wear Blue Run To Remember who is joining Run for The Fallen for this event.
    Thank you so much!

    www.wearblueruntoremember.org

    http://rundreamlaugh.blogspot.com/2012/05/6460-miles-mile-for-every-life-lost-on.html

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    1. Fabulous! I pledged 15 miles for this weekend. :)

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  6. Good luck at the Bayshore! You'll rock it!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  7. Have a great race and an awesome holiday weekend! :)

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  8. Good luck with Bayshore! And that's great that you're part of Team USO - terrific organization!

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  9. Cool shirts! And congrats on getting into the Bayshore! While you are up there you should get some cherry salad dressing - it's SUPER delish! :) Good luck!

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  10. I am so gonna do the RW Summer Running Streak!! I have slacked on my running in the last couple of weeks and MISS IT! :)

    Have fun with your half this weekend-you'll rock it!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  11. Yeah! Have fun this weekend at your race. Those "wing it" runs can be the best ones - no pressure.

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