Jennie’s TNT Training Update: 25 August 2011

Dear Adoring Fans,

I’m going to cut to the chase: I need to raise $600 by tomorrow. That is 24 of you making a $25 donation, 12 of you making a $50 donation, or just six of you donating an incredibly generous $100 (of course, any amount you are able to contribute is extremely welcome). Last year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, through donations like these, was able to invest $72 million dollars in blood cancer research. And since 2005, with your support, I have raised nearly $20,000 to help find a cure for blood cancer. Please help me continue to raise money for this vitally important cause. If you have been thinking about making a donation, please click on the link to the right and do it now. My birthday is this Sunday and I can think of no present I would appreciate more than your generous support to help find a support LLS in their quest for a cure.

Okay, I will step off of my fundraising soapbox now and give you a few highlights from the past week. I took a bit of a break from training to head up to Colorado with my friend Christopher to visit friends and go to the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest.The festival was amazing, as always. Some of my favorites were the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mary Gauthier, Anais Mitchell, Girlyman, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Red Horse, Bob Weir/Chris Robinson/Jackie Greene, and Jackson Browne, among many other amazing musicians. We also got to spend some time visiting with friends old and new, which was really lovely. Below are a few photographic highlights:

Rainbow on the road into Taos, NM. 8/16/2011

Kenneth! (Christopher's brother's dog).

Birthday lunch at Chipotle with Alani and Samuel (their birthday, not mine. Happy Birthday, guys! So glad we got to hang out!)

Staying cool in the St. Vrain River with Alice.

Self portrait in the sea of tarps after the land grab.

Jennie and Christopher enjoying the show.

Training Update
I did optimistically bring my running gear with me, but didn’t actually get out to run a single time for the entire week we were in Colorado (Bad Jennie!) We got back to , Arizona in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after driving straight through from Boulder, so I took Tuesday off from training, too, but have jumped right into things since then, with a hot 7 mile run yesterday morning with friends Sergio, Carolyn, Louise, and Clyde and a great swim this afternoon. This weekend I’ll be getting up early to do a long bike/swim brick, and next week I bring my bike up to Tempe to be shipped to the event–hard to believe it is just a little over two weeks away! I have some miles left to run/bike/swim between now and then, but overall am feeling good and prepared for the race–more on that next week! Here are a few pictures of some of the great folks who have helped get me to the start line by running and riding with me this summer:

Carolyn, Sergio, Louise, and Jennie, pre-run.

Clyde, post-run. Drool, drool, drool.

Jennie and Sergio mid-bike ride last week.

The Official Fundraising Update!
Okay, I jumped the gun a bit at the beginning of this post by asking straight away for your donation, but here’s the overall update. Since I last posted we’ve raised a total of $2235–amazing! Thanks so much to all who have donated so far. My overall goal is to raise $4000, but I need to get to $2850 by the end of the day tomorrow, so anything you can do to help make this happen will be so greatly appreciated. If you can’t donate yourself, or if you have already donated, please consider posting a link to my blog on your Facebook page or forwarding the link to your friends and family.  In so many ways this is truly team effort, and I couldn’t do it without you.

Until next week!

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