Summer’s here. The weather’s hot and Team JCFS is sweating through training season.
In 73 days, 18 Team JCFS members will run 26.2 miles. Since registration in February, Team members have raised over $12,300. With less than three months until race day, it’s time to check in and see how things are going.
Best training moments
“Running a 12 mile run on vacation in Colorado with my brother in his kids. It became a family project: my nephews biked the route with me, and my brother took the “support vehicle” with the dog and we set off along side roads with beautiful mountain views. Every 2.5 miles, the van set up a water stop and the boys kept looping back to keep my spirits up.” -- Margaret Vimont
“The best moments in training include jumping into Lake Michigan after long runs on Saturdays. Nothing feels better than soaking up the sun and icing the legs with all your running friends!” –Julie Feldman
“My best training moment is at the end of one of my long runs- knowing that I have just accomplished a distance that felt possible, a distance that I have probably not done since college, and knowing that, thus far, my body is still ready for more.” – Eric Crabtree-Nelson
Worst training moments
“Temperatures in the 90s with high humidity at the North Shore Half Marathon and at the CARA 10 Miler. But with Gatorade, perseverance, and good company, you can do anything.” – Dana Rhodes
“Running 10 miles on an aching stomach.”—David Freireich
“I twisted my ankle two days after the Race Against Hate. I also missed the first week of training because I was opening my show and just didn’t have time to sleep, work, go to rehearsal and run. I’m not going to have the speed I was hoping for, so I’m really trying to own Hal Higdon’s mantra that I should just be happy to finish.” – Scott Cupper
Most positive fundraising experience
“I was far less concerned about the training than about the fundraising. But I’ve come to discover fundraising is just like training: You just have to do it. I put a post on Facebook and nearly immediately received a donation. That gave me enough confidence to put out an email to my office. The response was overwhelming. I then sent one out to select coworkers throughout the agency. Again, the outpouring was awesome. For those who haven’t started yet, please just do it. Give people a chance to be amazing.” – Scott Cupper
“I’m genuinely touched by how giving people are. I know that I will cross the finish line on October 7 largely thanks to the generosity and good vibes of friends and family.” –Dana Rhodes
“Realizing that I am doing the actual running, but I am running for a cause and as part of Team JCFS on behalf of Project Esther. I am humbled by the supportive comments and seeing donations come in from family, friends and people who I met through business, but are certainly thought of in the friend category.” –David Freireich
Read each runner’s individual story by viewing past blog entries under Team JCFS.