Category Archives: Fundraiser

Weekly Recap: Episodes 4 & 5

You get a special 2 for 1 deal today! Which, in this case, means I forgot to do a Weekly Recap episode last week. But it’s all about how you package something, right? Anyway, let’s get right to it.

Episode 4

Monday: Lunchtime pilates made me happy, it had a nice view.

That was followed by a sweaty evening 4.5 miles. Just another run, nothing special about it.

Tuesday: My knees were sore from the crazy 14.5 miles of hill insanity I did a few days before so I took an unscheduled rest day.

Wednesday: See Tuesday.

Thursday: There was a getting up early fail so I kept it short before my shift in the ER.

Friday: Got my long run in since I was out of town for the weekend, ran circles around the waterfront, unfortunately had an emergency stop at a port-o-potty downtown, I hope that never happens again.

Saturday: Danced to the point that my knees hurt, beer will do that to you.

Overall: It was a long week after the 14.5 miles kicked my ass and I was very tired. The achy knees made me feel like an 80 year old woman.

Episode 5

Monday: 5 miles up and down Terwilliger with my Hood to Coast teammates! I love running with people. We then went to Suki’s for a beer and almost won trivia, but we all got tired and left before it was over even though we were in the lead. What? We’re runners, when we get tired we get cranky.

Tuesday: Bigfoot futsal. We lost, I don’t want to talk about it. *Pouty face*

Wednesday: Was too lazy to drive back to the west side for track night so I ran over to a high school near my house, did 4X400 and then ran home. At track night they did an insane pyramid workout, I think I made a good life choice.

Thursday: Finally got my butt up early and ran around the waterfront in the wee hours of the morning. Had another unfortunate experience with a bathroom under the Hawthorne bridge, but at least it had clean toilet paper. It’s the little things people.

Friday: Planned rest day.

Saturday: Personal distance record! 16.5 miles (the .5 is thanks to a wrong turn).

It was a beautiful route along the Willamette in Lake Oswego and West Linn with less hills than the 14 miler but still enough hills to be pretty challenging.

Overall: Having the 16 miler go so well gave me back some much needed confidence that the 14 miler took away, and after an ice bath and some additional knee icing, my legs didn’t hurt at all on Sunday. That’s considered a success in my book!

Don’t forget about Cupcakes and Ice Cream to Cure Cancer this Saturday and the awesome raffle prizes!

Figs to Fight Cancer!

I guess my fundraising for the fall Team in Training season is all about food, which makes sense, all this marathon training is making very hungry. So in keeping with the theme I present Figs to Fight Cancer!

How delicious does that look? They look a little different than the ones you’ll find at the market, for one they are green and not purple. The probably not official name for these are strawberry figs. They’re sweet enough to eat straight from the tree but also go well with goat cheese and prosciutto, are fantastic when you broil them with a balsamic vinaigrette, and make amazing jam. They look like this on the inside.

They’re grown locally (i.e. on the fig tree at Jen’s house), so that means no pesticides or wacky chemicals. So if you want to get in on the most delicious fruit of the summer it’s just $1 a fig or 12 for $10! Just click the donate link at the top of this page and leave a comment after donating about the figs or catch me in person. Get them now, fig season is not very long!
Sorry non-Portland people, I don’t think figs ship well, though maybe we could work out some fig jam solution if you want in on the figgy goodness.

Best and Worst of the Weekend Poker Tournament Style

It’s been a while since the last Best and Worst but let’s give it a go anyway.

Best: The Go All In For a Cure poker tournament! My fellow teammates Lindsay, Jen, Jeff, Jacob and I had a poker tournament fundraiser on Saturday and we raised over $1,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

We had 42 players and several others who came to provide moral support.

We also had some great raffle prizes and congratulations to Jim for taking home first place and Nicole for taking second!

It was an amazing event, thanks to everyone who came!

Second best: 9 miles. Before the poker tournament we had our Team and Training long run, this week it was 9 miles around NE Portland. It rained, it snowed, it blue skied, a few times all of those happened at the same time. Hello, bipolar Portland weather. The summer season team was out too and it was great to see so many people working towards the same mission. I love my teammates!

Worst: Peeing dude. As I was running and it was snowing/raining/being sunny I passes a guy peeing on a bus stop. He was actually peeing on the bus stop sign. I guess that’s better than peeing on the bench at the bus stop, but, really dude? Gross.

Life: When I’m not running you can find me doing this

I’ve been hanging out with my notebook for the last 10 hours. School is soooooooooooooo much fun.

Go All In To Cure Cancer!

I’ve been trying all evening to come up with snappy poker themed betting against cancer jokes but my brain is failing me. Sorry, I’m tired. In fact, earlier this week my teacher told me, in front of a class of about 200 students, ‘yeah, I could see you being anemic’. Which, by the way, I’m not anemic. Apparently this winter weather isn’t doing anything for my complexion since his explanation was ‘sometimes you’re kind of pale’. Thanks, bud.

Anyway, back to poker. Can you think of a more awesome way to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society than hanging out with a bunch of awesome people while playing poker?! Didn’t think so. So, if you’re in Portland this Saturday, Feb. 25 come to Nemo Designs (enter through parking lot entrance) at 1875 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214 at 3:00. Poker starts at 3:30. Buy-in is $30 ($20 goes directly to LLS). Cash and prizes for the top finishers! All are welcome. Snacks, beer and other beverages will be provided.

So come on down, wearing purple is encouraged, and GO TEAM!


I’m Still Here!

That sounds a bit like a threat but I mean it in the best way possible.

Holy busy first week of school, Batman. It’s definitely going to be a hectic 10 more weeks, but certainly doable. However, if you see me come midterms and finals and I’m pulling my hair out and being more snarky than usual, you have been warned.

Guess who made a triumphantly sweaty return to running?!

This girl! Who also can't seem to take a non-blurry picture of herself.

After the Great Foot Disaster of New Years I took a week off from running and then started slowly getting back into it. Last weekend I ran a mile on Saturday and walked 2.5 on Sunday. Monday Jen and I got a quick run in at work, Tuesday I got some hills in, Wednesday I gave it a rest, and then Thursday I was ready to get sweaty! (Ooh, that sounds like the start to an awesomely bad pop song.) I did 3 miles through Laurelhurst Park and by the end I was getting a good sweat on. Friday I didn’t play soccer, which was tough watching Sped pick apart the other team 12(ish)-0. I say ish because the ref stopped counting at 7. Did I mention how awesome Sped is? I think Chris put it best:

Note: the season is 8 games and you can get one bonus point a game if a girl scores a goal.

Saturday was a Team in Training long run, which for us half marathoners, was 6 miles.

Munching on some goodies at an aid station.

I woke up late for the run and was out of bagels so I resorted to eating peanut butter out of the jar, turns out that’s not really a good substitute for a bagel, which led to hitting a bit of a wall midway through the 6 miles. I also managed to get some giant blisters (running makes me super pretty) since this was my first long run in my new shoes which led to me wearing the ugly shoe for the rest of the day since to walk without the blisters hurting made my bastard 5th metatarsal hurt. Sometimes I feel like a walking disaster…

Look! New shoes!

Last week/this week Jen and I had our Mini Marathon and over $400 was raised! Thanks everyone for helping us fight that crappy cancer enemy, now enjoy a few pictures.

I’ve also survived the great Portland Snowpocalypse of 2012. Just look at this craziness!

The first flakes starting to fall around noon.
They're getting bigger!
Starting to stick.

OMG, 2 inches of snow! Clearly the world is ending.

(Almost) As Good as New!

Guess who wore 2 cute shoes today?!

Hint: someone who really likes purple.

Answer: me. I know, that was a hard one to figure out. I ran today! A whole mile! Ok, yeah, so that’s not that impressive, but it was quite exciting for someone who’s been wearing an ugly shoe all week. Then I hung out on the couch all day with Tundra, which she seemed to be happy about.

She's good at keeping your toes warm.

Tundra is also happy about my moose menorah purchase.

Best menorah ever.

I’ve also rewatched all of Parks and Rec, which is literally, my favorite show right now. Seriously, go watch it. I’m going to find me a Ben Wyatt.

Something you should also do if you’re in Portland, come join Jen and me tomorrow at 10:00 at Water Avenue Coffee for our Mini Marathon. Get your running shoes ready!

Mini Marathon!

So, by now I’m sure you’ve picked on the whole ‘I’m running a half marathon with Team in Training” thing, which also means I’m fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, because blood cancers suck and need to be a thing of the past. Like when people talk of small pox and think ‘aww, such an antiquated disease and aren’t we awesome as a population since we kicked some small pox ass’. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, we’ll think ‘oh man, that lymphoma used to be such a bitch, but now you just take this pill and barely even notice it and you don’t have the awful side effects of chemo’. That would be a pretty awesome world. Fortunately there has been progress towards this goal, Gleevec (Imatinib) is a great example. Instead of attacking all the rapidly dividing cells in the body like chemo (which is why hair loss, nausea and vomiting are side affects of chemo), Gleevec binds to a specific protein site and prevents it from working which causes the death of the cancer cell. That’s pretty bad ass. It’s used in some types of chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal cancers. It was developed here in Portland at OHSU and the research was partially funded by LLS.

I’m telling you all this as a way to say that I believe in LLS and feel like the money I raise for them is going towards the good fight. So here’s your chance to join in the fight. Jen and I are having a fundraiser this weekend that we’re calling our Mini Marathon.

And the totally awesome thing about it is that you can take part in it even if you’re not in Portland. Here’s how:

1) Donate $13.10 as a ‘race fee’ (it’s tax deductible!). Follow the link and click donate button on the left side on the page. Please leave a comment saying that you are participating in the Mini Marathon.

2) At some point this weekend (Jan. 7-8) run or walk 1.3 miles. If you’re in Portland, we’d love for you to join us at Water Avenue Coffee at 10:00am on Sunday and we’ll have a waterfront route already planned out.

3) Take pictures, get your friends involved, and have fun! Exercising is good for you, especially if you were like me over the holidays and ate 17 people’s share of cookies.

4) Wear all the purple items of clothing you own, in Portland we’ll have a prize for the most purplefied (yay, made up word!) person. You have been challenged to a purple duel. (Purple is TnT’s color)

5) Send the pictures and a little race report to We’re going to share everyone’s pictures and stories (if you don’t want you picture shared on the internet, you don’t have to send it to us).

That’s it! Only 5 steps! It’s almost too easy to say no too. Gimpy over here will either be walking very slowly (i.e. putting my camp counselor skills to use and making sure no one falls into the Willamette) or providing course support, but my smiling face will be there Sunday morning to cheer people on. Let’s kick some cancer ass.