The Results Are In

There is so much that I love about giving presents. Some people love getting presents, I love giving them.

So, without further ado and with my deepest thanks to all of you once again for helping me be a VIP Fundraiser on Team Challenge Greater New York at the All State Chicago 13.1 Half Marathon.

VIP Party!!!! Woohoo!!!!!

VIP Party!!!! Woohoo!!!!!

And the winner of the stay at Casa Heavenly in Acapulco, Mexico is….

Sara H.

There is only 1 SARA H. and you will be receiving an email from me in the next 24 hours with the contact information. Congratulations.

Just in case anyone wanted to know how the winners were all chosen:

– Donors were assigned numbers based on order of donation from first to last. There were 847 numbers given out.
– I put the limits in the Random.org number generator for the Acapulco trip first so everyone had every chance to win.

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For the rest of the prizes:

– Each prize was assigned a random number by the Random.org number generator. If a number came up twice, another one was chosen.

So, congratulations, Sara H.! And congratulations to the rest of the winners of the prizes:

  • 60 min massage: Alicia P.
  • Lululemon Gift Card: Bob S.
  • 1 month Virtual Training with Hot Bird Running: Heidi L.
  • 3 DryBar blowouts: Cherie J.
  • 3 DryBar blowouts: Linda P.
  • BIC headbands: Michele K.
  • Erica Sara gift card: Kat Sherrell
  • Exceed Fitness 5-pack of classes: Beth I.
  • FHitting Room 5-pack of classes: Bevan M.
  • Flywheel Sports 10 class gift card: Hillary D.
  • Great Bowel Movement Tech T-shirts: Jenn S.
  • 1 month of Hot Bird Running training: Heidi L.
  • Oiselle shirts: Jocelyn B.
  • Pedal NYC 5-pack of classes: Sharon P.
  • Picky Bars sample pack: Kathy S.
  • Pilates Pro Works 3-pack of classes: Kelly T.
  • Race Pace Wellness 1 month online coaching: Mike D.
  • Revolve Fitness 5-pack of classes: Leticia M.
  • Same Edelman shoes: Debbie B.
  • Sparkly Soul headband: Karen M.
  • Today’s Miles 5K t-shirt: Paige C., Heather C., Sarah McG., Rachel S., Nicole B., Bernadette C., Christopher R., Sarah C., Christine Y., Kristen C.
  • Uplift Studios 5-pack of classes: Lanae R.
  • Women’s Running Magazine 12-month subscription: Nancy Jones
  • Stella & Dot Party: Elena M.

All of you will be receiving an email from me so I can get you your fabulous prize!

Congratulations to all of you and, again, I cannot thank you enough for your donations, your participation in my Kick Ass 5K, and your support along this journey. Thanks for getting me to the finish line.

"Hey everyone! You guys are awesome, just so you know."

“Hey everyone! You guys are awesome, just so you know.”

You guys rock!

Now go out and run.

Ready or Not

I can’t wait to get back to blogging regularly. I have had SO many adventures these past few weeks, some I can share and some I cannot, but all really great stories that I can’t wait to write about.

In the mean time, I’m trying to rest for the big race tomorrow. Apparently, my body is ok with that since I fell asleep everywhere I sat down yesterday.

Airplane ride...zzzzzzzzzzz.

Airplane ride…zzzzzzzzzzz.

But this weekend is all about something you guys have been reading about forever. Tomorrow is my first half marathon with Team Challenge. This race isn’t about me.

This race is about everyone who has been touched by Crohn’s or Colitis.

Taking Steps with friends for all of you!

Taking Steps with friends for all of you!

This race is about all of you who reached out and shared your stories with me about you or your family member or a friend with IBD.

So many cupcakes, so little time. And all for a great cause!

So many cupcakes, so little time. And all for a great cause!

This is about my friends who can’t participate in their lives because they’re too sick.

This is about the runners who trained for this race but who are sidelined because one of the major side effects of IBD drugs is that it makes you susceptible to every other virus in the world and OF COURSE you came down with pneumonia this week while on Remicade.

Wish you were here in Chicago with me!

Wish you were here in Chicago with me!

This race, for me, is a love song to my family, to my friends, to my doctors and surgeons and nurses and PAs and RDs who fought like Hell alongside me. And this race is about all of YOU.

You who ran the Virtual 5K and donated to my fundraising page and helped me become the ONLY VIP fundraiser from the Greater New York team.

Party! Party!

Party! Party!

So, THANK YOU! I look forward to running my heart out tomorrow with all of you on my mind as I push for another PR in Sweet Home Chicago.

And by the by, you can donate through TONIGHT to still be entered in the amazing raffle I’m having. $20 = 1 raffle entry. Donate here immediately  You do not want to miss out villa for 10 in Acapulco. And who knows? I may just hit $8000 by the time I toe the line at 7am Central Time tomorrow.

You never know.

You never know.

Now go out and run!

The Cupcake Run

I like cake.

My love of cake started very young with ice cream cakes from Carvel.

My love of cake started very young with ice cream cakes from Carvel.

I mean, what’s not to like?

As I honed my baking skills, I often made cakes for dessert. Lucky me, I have a big family and there was not usually too much left over for any one of use to indulge in for more than two days.

Not so now, as it’s only JB and me. Trouble in Bakery Land.

Always Mom's helper when it comes to Christmas cookies. Plus, I get first dibs on them straight out of the oven!

Always Mom’s helper when it comes to Christmas cookies. Plus, I get first dibs on them straight out of the oven! Note the cupcake pajama bottoms.

Thankfully, in New York City, there are plenty of places to get just one cupcake. And they are all different and hit the spot, depending on what I’m craving.

So why not pair two of my favorite things for one great cause?

Cupcakes + running + fundraising for Team Challenge = awesome way to spend a Saturday!

Hello, Cupcake Run!

Details:

  • What: The Cupcake Run
  • Where: Central Park 72nd Street Transverse at the top of the steps in front of Bethesda Fountain
  • When: Saturday, May 25th at 8:30am
  • Cost: $10 donation to the CCFA via my fundraising page OR $10 cash at the race 🙂
  • Bonus: After the race, enjoy cupcakes from different local bakeries AND buy raffle tickets ($5/each) for my amazing raffle (psssst…don’t forget about the villa for 10 in Mexico that’s up for grabs!)
  • Course: 4 mile 72nd St. Transverse to 102nd St. Transverse loop + 1 mile to the Lululemon store on 3rd Ave between 66th & 67th Sts. where the cupcakes will be!
What's that you say? You like winning prizes? I got you covered all over the place.

What’s that you say? You like winning prizes? I got you covered all over the place.

How do you register in advance? Make a $10 (or more!) donation here. How do you show up and register? Bring $10 on the morning of the run and give it to me to get your race “bib”. Don’t forget to bring cash for the raffle!

Questions?

  • Is this an official race? No.
  • Will there be time chips or a gun start? No.
  • Is this a fun run that anyone can do? Yes.
  • Do I have to run the whole 5 mile course? No.
  • Will there be cupcakes for the runners bringing up the rear? As long as you’re at the store before 9:30am.
  • Can I run it remotely? Sure. I just can’t ship you cupcakes!
If I can find them, there will be Bronx Bombers cupcakes. Go Yankees!

If I can find them, there will be Bronx Bombers cupcakes. Go Yankees!

Can’t wait to see you all out there next weekend. Don’t forget to tell your friends.

Admit it, you always want a cupcake after you run. Here’s your chance.

Now go out and run!

Friday Fitness News: Kick Ass 5K

There is no news to report this week except for all of YOU who kicked SO much ass on Tuesday for the Kick Ass Virtual 5K.

Some stats:

  • 1: number of haikus
  • 2: number of siblings (can you spot them?)
  • 3: number of continents covered
  • 4: number of times I cried on 4/9/13 (happy tears)
  • 7: number of miles I covered
  • 8: number of ways people participated in the 5K (crutch, run, walk, bike, elliptical, swim, horseback riding, wheelbarrow–see pic)
  • 20: number of miles covered by another runner
  • 158: number of people who have donated
  • 6830: number of dollars raised ($6930 so far!)

Of course every race needs a commemorative shirt. These little gems will be going on sale in two weeks. 100% of proceeds go to Team Challenge!

I'll probably need one of each.

I’ll probably need one of each.

My sincerest thanks to all who donated and participated.

And now, without further ado, I’d like to present to you the finishers (who sent me their photos!) of the Kick Ass Virtual 5K to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Stacey Kim Hillary Deb Diane.png Jim&Michelle Colleen Chris Youssef2 Christine HaikuKat JenG AshleyB Lauren PPW Tara Elizabeth LaurenC Danielle Sarah Jill&Linda MeganGBM Jackie Becca Lulunatics Cyanne Karen&Paul Karen LaurenM KristinAstoria Jen Michelle Jenny Paige Emily Greg Kat Sandy Gina&Scout NicoleR Lesley&Minion Cassandra ChristineM Heidi 43513AE4-DBE9-4DAF-924D-7C7C5DEC354F KristenC VeggieRunner MelissaB JennyP AmandaS Heather

Did you spot my two siblings? There are also 3 classmates in there, one Lulunatic run club, and several IBD sisters and brothers. Thank you, thank you, thank you all. It was a blast.

Don’t forget to keep your eye out for the t-shirt sale the last week of April! Limited time only. Remember, you can still donate and be entered into the Acapulco trip raffle! Tickets are $20/each–donate here to be entered!

Now go out and run!

Kick Ass

There are about 486 things in the works in my world these days and blogging has been on the back burner as far as my work output but at the absolute forefront of my mind daily. I have dozens of blogging topics running around my brain but this one is closest to my heart.

So close to my heart, in fact, that I’m scared to write it. I’m kind of afraid to fail and this is a big undertaking for me.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I have Ulcerative Colitis. I mean, technically I guess I don’t have it anymore cuz I don’t have a colon. That’s right. I’m colon-free and kicking ass!

No colon, no cry. No co-lon, no cryyyyyy.

No colon, no cry. No co-lon, no cryyyyyy.

In the Spring of 2010 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (sexy!) that, along with Crohn’s Disease, develops as a result of a overreaction of the immune system. Basically, people with IBD have malfunctioning immune systems that attack the entire digestive system. It’s causes are unknown but it is likely hereditary and absolutely unpreventable and incurable (except for surgery for UC patients).

I don’t want to make this a graphic description about what happens to those of us who have IBD, but you gotta know it’s Hell on Earth.

Vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding ulcers, anemia, joint pain, severe abdominal pain, cramps, weight loss, loss of bowel control, fever, constipation, severe exhaustion, night sweats, and so many more specific to the individual patient. Hell. On. Earth.

Colonoscopies, steroids, chemotherapy, anti-immunity drugs, craaaazy diets, nutritional IVs, and everything in between.

Colonoscopies, steroids, chemotherapy, anti-immunity drugs, craaaazy diets, nutritional IVs, and everything in between. Told you. Hell.

There’s a reason that one of my favorite support groups is called My Doctor Knows Me Best From Behind. It’s a disease that people all over the country and world live with silently. Well, not me. I’ve been open about my disease, my colostomy bag, my stoma named Rosebud, and my fight.

I’ve shared with you my journey to surgery in 2012, then {unexpectedly} the second surgery, and finally clawing my way back after surgery. It’s not always been pretty but one thing I have vowed to never be is silent. Not that I’m ever silent about, well, anything…but I digress.

Colostomy bag or no colostomy bag, I'm proud to sport my tummy on the Internet!

Colostomy bag or no colostomy bag, I’m proud to sport my tummy on the Internet!

On June 8, 2013, I will be running 13.1 miles in my beautiful hometown of Sweet Home Chicago as a member of Team Challenge. We are the runners and walkers who raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in the hopes that in ten years there will be a cure for IBD.

Team Challenge NYC (shamelessly stolen from Daphnie's FB page).

Team Challenge NYC (shamelessly stolen from Daphnie’s FB page).

I know people ask for donations for all sorts of diseases every day. But I also know that many of you asked me how you could help when I was diagnosed, in the hospital, and recovering. Well, here’s your chance!

I’m hosting the Kick Ass (or Kick Butt) Virtual 5K to benefit Team Challenge on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. Why April 9th? That was the date last year when I scheduled the surgery that would remove my colon. It was a very big and scary day for me but it was also the day I took steps to get my health and my life back.

  • Date: April 9, 2013
  • Time: Any time of day your heart desires.
  • Location: Central Park, East River track, the treadmill at your gym, the bike in your basement, your neighborhood sidewalk, and anywhere else you can find.
  • Activity: Run, walk, bike, swim, or jump a 5K (3.1 miles)–your choice!
  • Cost: $15 donation to my team donation page.
  • Bonuses: $15 gets you one entry into the AWESOME raffle I’m putting together. Every $10 after that gets you another entry into the raffle. $50 gets you 5 entries.
  • Prizes: Still coming together, but I predict fancy workout clothes, great shoes, fun fitness accessories, and some more cool stuff. I’m working on it and it’s gonna be GREAT.

How you register:

  1. Donate to my page ($15 minimum).
  2. Email me (runstrongereveryday@gmail.com) that you did and how much so I can enter you into the raffle.
  3. Extra entry for blogging or tweeting about it (make sure you tag me or let me know!).
  4. Sport the race bib I email you and run/bike/swim/wheelbarrow a 5K on April 9th.
  5. Send me a picture of you sporting your bib, biking in the gym, running on your treadmill, or any other photo so I can include it in the blog recap of the race.

Time doesn’t matter, I don’t care if you do it one mile (or half-mile) at a time, and everyone is on the honor system. If you get sick, do it another day. No worries! My goal is 50 runners. I know, I know. Shooting for the moon. But I have a big family, $15 is roughly 3 latees a week, and you can literally walk your dog for 3.1 miles.

You can Kick Ass or Kick Butt, your choice. But together, we will find a cure for IBD!

You can Kick Ass or Kick Butt, your choice. But together, we will find a cure for IBD!

Please consider supporting me. This disease took my colon but I swore on April 9, 2012 that it wouldn’t take my life. And it didn’t. And it won’t. Yeah, my J-pouch is still kinda wonky but I will never look back on my choice with regret, rather I choose to stare this disease in the face and say, “I’m colon-free and kicking ass!!!”

Kick Ass (or Butt, if you prefer) with me, won’t you?

Now go out and run!

PS. If you or your organization would like to donate something for the raffle, please email me: runstrongereveryday@gmail.com