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Friday, September 26, 2014

The One With My Fundraising Letter For St. Jude

Hello Family and Friends,
I hope you are all doing well and that school, life and that FALL is well underway for you all. I am writing to you because every single one of you is important to me in so many different ways, and right now I need some help from you .I am currently training for not 1, not 2, but 3 FULL marathons that I will run later this fall, and in doing so I will be raising money for the children of St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. (The St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, TN will be my 2nd race of the 3 and will be run on December 6th!)
I have a personal fundraising goal of $2500! That amount scares me, but with your help I know that I can reach that. More importantly, I know that that money is going directly to a hospital and organization that I fully support.
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude:

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagon: $70
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and "coming off chemo": $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child's completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child's life, and it's important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

The possibilities are endless, but hopefully that will give you a little insight into where your donation will be used. I personally love the fact that a donation of $75 will provide a party for a child when they complete chemo! I think that is such a great thing for St. Jude to do for their kids that are in their care. I will definitely be making a few of those “party donations” myself!

So now I’m asking you to please take a moment and pray over what you might be able to do to help support this great hospital and help me reach my goal. When others ask what is an appropriate amount to donate, my first response is always, “whatever you feel led to give.” If are looking for a starting point, I would suggest a great amount is $26, a dollar for each mile I will run (or $78 if you would like to give in support of all 3 marathons!). This is an awesome way to show your support to the cause, and a great tie in to both the hospital and the race that supports the hospital!

I realize that everyone is at different places financially and not everyone is ready to give, and that is completely ok. I would still like to ask that you help support me in prayer and encouragement. I have never taken on 3 marathons within a month so that overwhelms me, but I know with proper training and support I can make it happen.I will need much encouragement, love, support and prayers from all of you!

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and thank you very much in advance for your help and support!

The deadline to donate is November 10th. You can find the links to my personal donation page as well as my blog for weekly updates on my training below.

Thank you again.
-Lauren Bridge

The One About Training For The St. Jude Marathon (Again!)

Well hello blog readers, if there are any of you left.....
I could go into the whole, I've been busy story, which is true but I mean we've all heard that right? I do miss blogging, hence why you haven't gotten the "I'm too busy for this so I won't be blogging anymore" post, but I'm working on prioritizing my life and so far I haven't found a place to add in blogging.... That's not to say that I don't have things to write about.
But now I actually do have things to write about and some motivation to do so because once again I'm training for and RAISING MONEY for the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis on December 6th.
If you remember, I raised money last year and planned to run but after an injury 3 weeks out from the race I had plans to attempt the half. But Mother Nature had other plans and a cross country ice storm not only kept me from getting to Memphis but also cause the race to be canceled. St. Jude handled the situation unbelievable well and so I knew I wanted to support them again this year. I will put up another post right after this one but this one will be about my training so far.

Technically training started at the beginning of August, but my goal this year was to run consistently throughout the summer so that when it was time to start official training I didn't feel like I was starting over. For the most part I was successful, at least when it comes to how much I have run the past I did great!
In June I covered 89 miles and ran 1 half marathon and a 5k with my dad.

In July I only covered 56 miles and I was supposed to run a half marathon but I bailed the night before.
In August I also only covered 63 miles and ran 1 half marathon and my second best 5k ever.

In all that's a total of 208 miles!! Given that in past summers I barely have run 100 miles I will gladly take that. I would have liked to have been a little more consistent in July and definitely more so in August but hey, you do what you can.

September is practically over and I'm currently sitting at 82 miles for the month with a 14 miler scheduled for this afternoon. So I will definitely break 100 miles for this month!

Since I'm just catching you all up on my training I won't do an official 'Weekly Training Report' (I will do one NEXT Monday, when I get back from my cruise!) but to give you an idea of what training looks like on a weekly basis here is how I break it down:
Mondays: Speed work
Tuesday: Hills
Wednesdays: easy recovery run
Thursdays: OFF
Friday: Usually long run or mid-distance easy run
Saturday: Long run if it wasn't done on Friday or mid-distance EASY recovery run
Sunday: short EASY run

I am using the Hanson Marathon Training method this go around and it's something that is so foreign to me but so far I really like it. I think more than anything I like the mental toughness it gives me. I will also do a specific blog post on this method and why I chose it later on.

So for now, here is what I have set for the next 10 days or so.... I am leaving tomorrow morning and going on a 5 day cruise with my mom and sisters! I am so excited but I am definitely taking my running shoes!!

Today: 14 miles with Kristie
Saturday: Off/travel day
Sunday: 6-8 miles
Monday: Speed work (6x1600m w/400 jogs) YIKES this one scares me!
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: Off
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 15 miles (15k DRC race + 6 miles)
Sunday: recovery run 4-6 miles