Team Tiny Oranges Reaches for the Cure

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I have a dream, and I need your help.

Before you get scared that I am going to try to get you to run a Half Marathon, let me be clear, to be on the Tiny Oranges Team, you can choose to participate in any of the events, the Half Marathon, 10K run, 5K run OR walk, even a 1K kids’ fun run!

Now that hopefully your mind is still open, please keep reading on how this idea all came together and what we can do together to make a difference in a child’s life!

Last year on December 31st, I wrote a list of resolutions. Things I wanted to do this year.  #4 on my list was to organize a charity project through Tiny Oranges with your help.   I just didn’t know what it would be.  So I waited and listened because I had this feeling it would just come to me.  And it did.

A couple months back, I got an email from an old friend that wrote this beautiful post on surviving childhood pediatric cancer.  And it sat heavy on my heart.  Because as a mom, I can’t even wrap my head around how you would cope if it was your child.

Then I did some research and I learned how UNDERFUNDED pediatric cancer research is and that made me sad and angry because we are talking about CHILDREN.

Then when I picked up my bib for the Long Beach Half Marathon last month, in it was a flyer for the Cinco de Mayo Reaching for the Cure Run/Walk to benefit pediatric cancer research.  It was right then when I KNEW, in my heart, this was it. This was the project.

So I am asking you {and your husbands, friends & relatives) to please join TEAM TINY ORANGES! Because together we have the opportunity to raise money for this incredibly important cause and make a difference.

$2000 is my team goal to raise.  But between you and me I am hoping we blow that number out of the water! And I think, no, I know, we will!

So, six months from today, on May 1st, 2011, I hope you will join me and Team Tiny Oranges as we get ready to ROCK the Cinco de Mayo race benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation!

1. Click THIS LINK to go to the Tiny Oranges Team page
2. Click “Join Our Team” at the top
3. Agree to the terms
4. Then you will enter in your information, select your race of choice and enter payment info.  After you register, you will be directed to a personal page where you can put in a personal fundraising goal and find the forms to  email contacts and spread the word to your friends to start raising money.

But this is also an important note! If you are uncomfortable fundraising, please know that this is not a requirement to be on the team!  I hope you do, but you don’t have to.

And that’s all folks!   I have to have 10 people to even be considered a “team” so my goal is by the end of the day today that I can have at least 10 people signed up so I can be “legit!”

I would love you to please post this on your Facebook pages too! Here is the link to this post:

Team Tiny Oranges Reaches for the Cure

If you have never attached a link before on Facebook, let me tell you how!

1. Select the entire line above from the http part to the last word, then right click and copy
2. In your status update you can write whatever you want
3. In the grey box where it says “attach” click the first icon for “link”
4. It will pull down a white box where you will put your mouse and hit “paste”
5. Then click “attach” and then “share”

Thanks friends! Can’t wait to see our team grow!

And feel free to email, forward, do anything you can to spread the word and help recruite team members!  I am SO EXCITED you guys!   I can’t wait to see what we can do!  XO

{P.S.  If anyone out there is looking fear in the face at this moment, thinking “could I maybe, possibly do a half marathon?

Let me tell you, there is no feeling that will compare to when you cross that finish line. Even if you have never run in your entire life (like me when I trained for my first one.)  I thought I could NEVER do it.  But I did, one foot in front of the other, and it has been a life-changing experience.

Six months is more than enough time to train, and I am so happy to provide tips and encouragement along the way! I applaud you for even considering it!}

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My Personal Picks for Running Gear

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I am running the Long Beach Half Marathon this Sunday and as I have been suiting up for my long training runs the past month, it has sort of amused me how much GEAR I have acquired when I am in my full running uniform! More miles = more gear!

So I thought it might be fun to share some of my personal running fear, I mean running gear. I am cracking up at that unintentional typo, but I am going to leave it because it is making me laugh AND it is poignant.

Poignant because when I was training for my first half marathon last May, I WAS filled with lots of running fear. In fact, the fear is what motivated me.  13.1 looming over your head tends to be scary to a new runner.

But this half is going to be so much different I think.  Best part is that I am more excited than scared this time around!

I have trained for this one with one of my best friends Pam and we will be running together. Our long training runs on the weekends are more like therapy.  And we support each other during the tough spots.  Each of us has been known to say, “I don’t think I can do this” and no matter what the other is feeling, the other always says “yes we can!

Secondly, the last 6 weeks, I have been doing pilates twice a week and training with Erica from Core Athletica on the reformer and it has made a tremendous difference in making me stronger.  It has also made me less sore by strengthening the muscles that are neglected by just running.   Amazing results. LOVE it!  Another post on pilates to come!

Lastly, Pam and I are driving ourselves straight to Pure Blu Spa at the Newport Beach Marriott to spend the day after the race.  We are going to get massages, sit in the jacquzzi and then collapse on a lounge chair for the afternoon.  The thought of a rewarding spa afternoon in itself is motivation to get through those 13.1 miles!

So this is my uniform for Sunday, head to toe.  If there are other runners out there, please feel free to share some of your favorite gear too!  I love to hear other’s favorite picks!

1. Shoes – I did that Shoe Dog analysis at Roadrunner Sports to get my shoes. I ended up in this model from Brooks.  Been a good fit.

2. Who knew the type of sock mattered? I didn’t when I started but after a bout with bad blisters, I found out  it does.  These socks are my favorite, again from Roadrunner Sports.

3. Good ole’ fashioned Vaseline.

Since we are on the topic of blisters, I got horrendous blisters on my toes while training for my first half.

Ever since, I slather my entire foot and between each toe with Vaseline before long runs and I have not had a problem since.

4. Lululemon Tracker Short.  I dedicated a whole post on them here, total lovefest  and 5. Lululemon Cool Racerback Tank. Love these tanks because they are LONG, soft, seamless and wear really well.  Worth the money!  I wear them for both pilates and for running.

6. Champion Jog Bra, can’t find the exact one online. But a good fitting, supportive jog bra is key!

7. FuelBelt Helium 2 Bottle Belt – When you are running for longer than 45 minutes or an hour, good HYDRATION IS ESSENTIAL.   This has been a tough lesson for me and is not something to mess around with!  When I run over 6 miles, I always run with this water belt.  It takes a bit of getting used to, but I like it is handsfree.  Plus it has a little pouch for storing my Gu’s.   You should be drinking 6-8 oz of water for every 20 minutes when doing long runs.  I would get terrible post-run headaches from not being hydrated enough before I figured out it was dehydration.  As soon as I WAY upped my water intake, the headaches went away.

8. Gu Energy Gel – Again, keeping your body hydrated and fueled is important on longer runs.   I eat a Gu every 45 minutes on long runs.   They have some with and without caffeine.  My favorite flavors are vanilla bean and chocolate outrage.  The chocolate sort of tastes like frosting out of a tub!  Not great, but tolerable, and I always feel like I have more energy after I “Gu” on my runs!

9. iPod Shuffle – Having great “pump you up and inspire you music” is always important!

10. Garmin Forerunner 205

My neighbor who is a marathon runner has been nice enough to loan me her Garmin for my past two training sessions since she is not currently training.   Once you get used to training with one of these watches, it is hard to train without it!  It tells you your distance and your pace.

11. Roadrunner Visor – I like wearing something on my head to keep the sun out of my face and bangs out of my eyes. I love this visor because it is super lightweight & cool.  Temperature cool, not trendy cool. Hee hee… and it’s only $10.

12. SPF!!! I never leave on a run without my SPF.  My top picks are the Yes to Carrots Pomegranate Lip Butter with SPF 15 and Nature’s Gate Sport Block Sunscreen Lotion, Dry Finish, SPF 30, 4-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3) which is fragrance-free, paraben-free & sweat resistant.  Not to mention I scored it at the 99 Cent Store for $1!

And that is it!

Lots of this stuff isn’t necessary until you are training for longer runs, so it was nice to be able to slowly acquire things as I needed them and figured out more what I was doing.  Running has been such a NEW experience for me.

One year ago I was sitting here with a 3 month old colicky newborn with reflux.  If you would have told me this time last year that in one year I would have run two half marathons I would have thought you were on crack.   I had never run in my entire life.

My point is not “yay me” (barf), the point is, if I can do it, ANYONE CAN. And it will change your life.

XOXO

{Disclosures…None really as I bought all the stuff myself but I WISH Lululemon WAS a Sponsor! I am signed up with the Amazon Affiliate program.   I won a gift certificate to Pure Blu Spa so I will use that (so nice) and Erica from Core Athletica is becoming a Sponsor and I will be writing more about her and her training in the future!}

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On February 6th I became a runner. Which sounds funny because rarely does a person become a runner in one day, but I specifically remember that was the first day I made it through 2 miles.  It was BIG for me as I had never ran before in my entire life and I did it!   One of my runner friends had told me, “if you can do 2, you can do 3.  If you can do 3, you can do 4.”    She was right, and after adding mile after mile, I ended up at 13.1 on May 2nd in the OC Half Marathon. Seriously one of the greatest experiences & accomplishments of my life. I wrote about it here and here and here.

I had never bought nice (translation more expensive) workout gear before.  I figured they would just get sweaty and I was not at the gym to pick up guys (HA!)  So who cares?  But with all this running, my cheaper stuff was not very comfortable AT ALL, and my sister and friends swore by all things “Lulu” so I decided to treat myself a good pair of running shorts.

I went to Lululemon Athletica in Fashion Island to see what all the buzz was about. I was skeptical. $54 for a pair of shorts seemed expensive.    But after one run in my new Lululemon Tracker Short, I was hooked. Then I had to go back and buy another pair.  And another.   However, when wearing them 4 times a week, it is easier to justify the expense! And I will scream, they are WORTH IT! Important note: some colors are sold out online, but I called Fashion Island today and they said they had them.

What I love so very, very much about the Lululemon Tracker Short

* There is a big, comfy waistband that is soft and rides low = no tight elastic to dig in to my post baby muffin top

* There are no seams so after running a gazillion miles in these I never had any chafing issues or any part of the short that rubbed me in the wrong way.

* They have built in panties.

* There is a mini side pocket for a car key or kleenex or energy gel like “Gu”

* They have been washed a lot and have not worn or faded at all.

My girlfriend and I just signed up to do the Long Beach Half Marathon in October so these shorts are going to be putting in even more and more miles with me in the months to come.  And yes, now I am also now goo-goo for Lulu!

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Wordless Wednesday – 13.1 Miles

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My Wordless Wednesday today is going to have some words.  AGAIN.  I am noticing this is a consistent problem for me. If you knew me in person this would not surprise you.

3 months ago I couldn’t run 1 mile without walking.  No joke.

This past Sunday I ran 13.1 miles in the OC Half Marathon and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life !   The people, the energy, the scenery, it was completely exhilarating!

But it was NOT easy.  In fact when I hit mile 12 I was thinking, how on EARTH can I do one more?  But one foot in front of the other and I made it.  Cranked up my iPod and just thought about seeing my family at the end.   Crossing that finish line was one of the greatest feelings ever.

My husband ran it too, his first one. He kicked butt!  I can brag a little about him because I am one proud wife! That’s my dear friend Pam in the picture who was one of the friends who inspired me to start running in the first place. She also was amazing!

I also have to give some  “shout outs” to my friends Sally M., Sally N., Kimberly, Melanie and Kristen who also ROCKED this race.    Sally M. even made a huge ORANGE sign and left it at mile 11 to cheer me on as a total surprise.  On it, she plugged “www.tinyoranges.com” too…pretty smart marketing…thanks Sal, love you!

So, who’s in it with me for next year???  I feel a Tiny Oranges team in the works with cute orange tanks….

For more Wordless Wednesday pics RUN on over to Angry Julie Monday!

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