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Running for a Cause with an Old Friend

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I’m a runner. There. I said it. That only took me two years, a 10 miler, a half, and a full marathon to admit it. Starting this blog as helped me achieve more personal goals then I ever thought imaginable but I think it’s time to branch out a bit.

On May 23, in Boston, I will be running in the Run to Home Base 9k (that’s just over 5.5 miles.) To enter this race I had to commit to raising $1000 for veterans with combat stress disorders and/or traumatic brain injury and their families. From the web site. . .

Your support to the Home Base Program will help to ensure that local veterans who served their country receive the care they need for combat stress disorders and/or traumatic brain injury, and that their families get the support they need. The Home Base Program also seeks to advance innovative treatments that hold the most potential for helping veterans with combat stress disorders and/or traumatic brain injury and their families.

I’m running with my best and oldest friend in the whole wide world. Here we are in second grade, I think, and us at her son’s, my Godson’s, Christening (he’s turning 11 this year! Holy MOLY we are getting old!) . She may kill me for this one. . .

We have never run together (we live about 3 hours apart since I moved to Maryalnd). She actually started running a few years before I did and tried to convince me how great it was but I didn’t listen. I rarely listen. ;)

We will be running through scenic Boston and ending in Fenway Park. I’m not a huge Red Sox fan, heck, I’m not a huge Baseball fan but she is and let me tell you… she’s is FREAKING OUT!

If there are any Bostonians out there that want to or will be running in the event let me know. And if you are able to support us financially, please click here to make a donation. Every little but helps and we only have a few weeks to raise $1000 each.

Oh! and if you are looking for charitable running events check out, the popular Team In Training, The Komen Race for the Cure, I can go on and on. There really are so many opportunities out there! Fitness and philanthropy is a popular mix. Are there any events you know of and would like to share? Please leave a link in the comments.

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    Cascia @ Healthy Moms

    March 9, 2010

    Good for you to go on that run! Good luck with your donations. I bet you will have a lot of fun running with your friend.


    March 9, 2010

    That is awesome! I love Boston, and the Red Sox and Fenway Park!! So jealous – to bad I am not a runner!!! My husband grew up in Boston and still has family there we visit and he is an emormous Red Sox Fan. I will definately check out the site and donate! Good luck and how great you are doing it with a dear friend!


    March 9, 2010

    As a wife of a combat veteran I think this is a great cause to be running for! I wish I could convince some of my friends to run with me they all just think I am crazy! Good luck.


    March 9, 2010

    Wow, that sounds like great fun! I’ve never tried running with a friend (I’m pretty new to running anyway), but I’m sure it would make the time fly!


    March 10, 2010

    Wow, Roni…. your son REALLY looks like you now that I’ve seen a young picture of you!! Have fun on all your adventures… I read your blog daily and LOVE you, my sister is sick of “roni this” and “roni that” but I don’t care!!


    March 10, 2010

    What a great cause!

    I’m running my first half marathon this coming May. The event I’m running is the Geist Half Marathon and 5K Race Around the Resevoir in Indianapolis, IN. I love that this is going to be my frist event, as it’s a nice scenic run around the water with lots of bridges to cross. More importantly, it benefits health and wellness programs in local schools! I love that my first BIG run and huge personal goal of mine also benefits kids who might be struggling with the same issues I did through my whole childhood!

    Here’s the link:

    All Women Stalker

    March 10, 2010

    I was talking about running for a cause on my personal blog. It annoys me to death that I really haven’t been actively working on it. But I am so happy that YOU are doing it. I hope that you get to raise that money. Sorry if I can’t help financially. But I do hope you reach your target amount.


    March 10, 2010

    Where did THAT picture come from? lol


    March 10, 2010

    Maybe you could do some raffles like Caitlin at HTP is doing to raise money for her Century bike race.


    March 10, 2010

    it sounds like the stars have aligned to make this great opportunity to run with your friend. a great cause, a great goal and it will be a great time.


    March 10, 2010

    I just convinced my friend to sign up for this with me…. yay! looks like a blast. wait. this means i have to start running again. crap.


    March 10, 2010

    I don’t have another to share, but I wanted to second your Team in Training suggestion. I trained for the very first time with TNT last year, and I ran a half and a full marathon… something I never dreamed I’d do! It was such an amazing program that I’ve decided to stay on… I’m a training coach for the current season, and I’ll be training again next year.


    March 10, 2010

    I haven’t stopped by in ages – work has been so busy! I just donated $25 – wish it could have been more! :D


    Rob Dyess

    March 10, 2010

    I want to say that running has opened up a whole new world for me. Two years ago, I was overweight and would NEVER I mean NEVER even THINK about running somewhere…. let alone in a race.

    But since I started… and changed my life, I have learned not only to learn to like running… I mean, I am pretty uncoordinated, so its easy for me…. but I have also learned about all the cool races that they have around.

    Running in Boston and Fenway Park is SO COOL!!! I have a friend that was telling me that she ran a 10K last year in Indianapolis and go to go out on the 500 Track…. I mean, I GOTTA DO THAT!!

    It seems like there is a new one every week that I hear about that I want to go and check out. It really is a great hobby!!!!

    Thanks for your blog. I enjoy!


    March 10, 2010

    You are so totally a runner! I’ve thought of you as a runner for ages!

    Saw your tweet about the Shamrock 5K – I’m doing a Shamrock 5-miler this Saturday! Must be a popular theme :)

    And, oh yeah – I’m still not sure if I’m a runner. In fact, yesterday I was telling my boot camp trainer that I’m not sure I’m a real workout kinda person actually, & she was like, “Oh, yes, you are!”

    I have to say running with a close friend/best friend is by far one the best experiences- enjoy every minute of it!!

    Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    April 6, 2010

    I just wanted to add my thanks for plugging Team in Training as well. I’m currently fundraising and training with TNT to walk the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego half marathon on June 6, 2010. I made a donation to your cause last week. I hope the rest of your fundraising efforts go well!