One week Later…

One week ago today Andy and I completed our first (together, Andy’s 3rd) marathon. We ran the entire race together, except a few spots where I was about 1 second in front of him–including the finish line… (and 2 places ahead 🙂 )

It was the most amazing experience of my life. I slapped every little kids’ hand I could. I almost high-fived every lady cheering at Wesley. However, I did not kiss any of them and made sure (by looking over my shoulder) Andy followed suit.

Not only was the crowd inspirational, but also were the other runners. The four people etched in my memory are as follows:

A man on heartbreak hill running with a breathing tube in his nose. He was hauling a wooden cart attached as a backpack with an oxygen tank. He was easily 55 years old. As I passed him, I said “good job” and he replied with effort “thank you.” I wanted to thank him for being brave enough to do the race and determined enough to haul was looked like an extra 20 pounds up a ginormous hill with a killer headwind.

As we ran through BC there was a man who ran with two black metal legs. He had a guide next to him. The crowd’s cheers were deafening–truly amazing. No legs, running a marathon and running way faster than me.

A man pushed himself up a hill with one foot as he sat backward in his wheel chair. One leg, giant hill, pushing himself 26.2 miles. Insane.

There were several blind runner duos, but there was one man who was booking with his guide. He passed me 2x.

When I hit mile 23 and my legs were aching, I thought about those people and how I could NOT walk. I thought about their inspirational story and how their friends and families must be amazed. My parents and brother came up to watch the marathon. They were beaming with pride and happiness for our accomplishment. But, I can’t imagine how incredible those families felt.

Dana Farber held a kick-ass after marathon massage and food Recovery Zone for us. At a table of women, I listened to a couple first-timers say “once is enough” for them. But, despite all the pain, there was a great sense of accomplishment, a sense of hope and a realization that we can never do enough. Our ability to raise a about $14K and raise awareness is worth the months of freezing training and hard-work.

We’ll do it again. But maybe, next time in New York–where it’s flatter 🙂

Tomorrow is the big day

We trained for over 5 months leading up to tomorrow.  We ran through sleet, snow, slush…both in the air and on the ground.  We ran through single digit temperatures.  And up through today, we’ve raised over $13,000 for cancer research.

Tomorrow morning, we hop on a bus around 7am and head out to Hopkinton.  We’ll be hanging out at the special DFMC refuge until we head over to the starting corrals around 10am.  Our wave, the 2nd wave, will start at 10:30am and we’ll cross the start line around 10:40am.

You can track us by going to this site:

http://www.baa.org/BostonMarathon/Att-Athlete-Alert.asp

Andy’s bib number is 22299 and his birthday is 06/17/1975.

Jen’s bib number is 22406 and her birthday is 04/23/1983.

You can also see where we’ll approximately be where on the marathon path, in case you’re out there waiting to yell and scream at us:  http://www.rockandrun.org/BostonMarathon.xls

We both have some butterflies but we’re feeling good physically and mentally.  We’re headed over to the runner’s expo at the Hynes Convention Center today, which should REALLY get us in the spirit of the marathon.  Tonight, we have our Dana Farber pasta dinner, which includes a presentation about the work that’s being done at Dana Farber as a direct result of our fundraising.  They also told us that some of our pictures from the Rock n’ Run event will be in the slideshow, in front of the 1800+ people at the party.

That’s all for now.  We’ll give you an update after the big 26.2 miles tomorrow.

Thanks for all your support, both physically, mentally, and philanthropically!

See you out there!

-Andy and Jen

Pictures from the Rock n’ Run benefit event!

Photos by Sooz Photograph – http://www.sooz.com

Here are a couple good ones:

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Check it out

A fellow cancer HATER and his perspective on the Benefit.

http://www.jaydunbar.blogspot.com

Thank you!

Our event was a HUGE success! We definetly rocked. Andy and I met our $4K fundraising goal, which is pretty sweet.

We must thank all our sponosors, donors and the bands  as well as the people who came out and supported us.  We had a great time and hope everyone did too.

Andy and I offically beat our $10K goal for the season and plan to hold one more event after the marathon. Stay tuned for more info.

Thanks,

Jen

It’s Today, really?

Yes, it is today. Today is the Rock N’ Run Benefit Event Andy and I planned for nearly three months. Last night we put together the donor and sponsor backdrop for the photos. It looks awesome. We starting pulling together some of the details last night and prepping stuff for tonight.

I am SO excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone. I want to thank everyone who had a part in this for their help and support. Tonight will be killer.

Stay tuned.

Jen

Today’s Media

In The Boston Herald

http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1161184

In The Boston Phoenix

http://thephoenix.com/BOSTON/Picks/Picks.aspx?venue=Oliver%E2%80%99s%20Nightclub

One day to go…

Hi there,

One might perceive the lack of updates as a time of lethargy and leisure. Do not be fooled. Andy and I are super busy. Between getting in two 8+ mile runs a week plus 2 shorter ones, longer ones on the weekends, planning and coordinating for the benefit show (see below for what all our hard work’s done), stints in Austin at SXSW, eBay projects at work, healing injuries and house hunting–it’s been quite a month!

The cool news: Check out the Boston Phoenix for our event in the 8 Days a Week (best upcoming events) and a tiny blurb on top of page 12 today in the Boston Metro. We also had an article last Friday in the Boston Globe (He’s Rocking and Running for a Cause–in which I was strategically cropped out, but I understand the journalistic integrity of not diluting the story w/ my picture 🙂 ).

Tomorrow is going to be awesome. Andy and I worked our butts off. Almost literally. We followed up with numerous media people and donors to the point of the most sincere and kindest harassment. Thank you!

This event is huge for Andy and I. The support of the community and friends and family is amazing. We’re truly excited about goal of raising $4K tomorrow. We think it’s possible. We have a great list of prizes and an awesome line up of musicians.

I’m particularly excited because Jack Fultz (the 1976 Boston Marathon champ and our coach) bought tickets to our event today! We’ll have two awesome athletes at our show (Lyndon Byers (LB) from the Bruins will also be making an appearance).  It’s surly to be a night to “rock your socks off”–lame, so what?

It’s less than 4 weeks to the marathon. Andy and I are almost at our $10K goal. I”m about $700 shy of my $5K goal. The benefit show is sure to make meeting that goal a reality.

Again, one final thanks to all our sponsors and a special thanks to: PUMA(‘s been super cool), Sam Adams (HOOKED us up) and Lauren and her mom for pulling together gift baskets!

thanks!

If you can’t make it, we’ll let you know how it goes.

Jen

Check us out!

WBCN’s Boston Emissions with Anngelle was awesome to have us on Sunday night. We chatted about the benefit, the cause and all the great prizes!

Look for a column on Saturday in the Boston Globe. We had a mini-photo shoot last Saturday while we were on our 18 mile run. The article should be in the music/arts section 🙂

If you happen to browse through the Improper Bostonian this week you’ll find our Rock N’ Run Benefit in the calendar listing.

We’re pumped for the event–we need your support make it a success! Check out the Rockin’ Tab on the top of the page for more details about the event.

That’s it for now.

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