06
Mar
17

No more Mr. Nice-Guy

I  AM  PISSED.

I barely slept last night. Tossed and turned. All. Night. Long. Why?

CANCER.

That’s why.

I know that most of my fundraising posts are light-hearted and include silly memes or funny pictures. ButI have always been angry. Always hated cancer. But today, I am in no mood for funny or silly.  I can’t be Mr. Nice-Guy. I’m just so mad.

Today is the funeral for a 10yo boy. TEN YEARS OLD. He was diagnosed with DIPG (brain stem tumor) in June. Less than 9 months ago.  And another 3.5 yo is scheduled to return to Boston (Children’s/DFCI) in a few weeks for a 2nd surgery due to regrowth of a brain tumor.  And a friend has been sitting with her mom during chemo treatments that are wreaking havoc on her body.  And a friend’s sister diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40.  And 2 family members of friends who have recently stopped chemo/radiation because their bodies just can’t handle it. There is nothing else for them to do but wait.

It’s too much.  It’s every. single. day.  Another diagnosis. Another request for prayers. Another surgery. Another clinical trial. Another funeral.  So yeah. I’m angry. I’m pissed.  I’m feeling helpless.  And scared.

So I got up this morning, got the kids off to school and hit the treadmill.  The whole time I was thinking ‘what can I do? how can we make this better?’.  I thought on it for about 5 miles and decided I am going back to my all-time favorite request.

DO SOMETHING.

Volunteer. Donate. Help.  Bring a meal to a family who is dealing with cancer treatments. Make a donation to help fight this horrible disease. Volunteer for Rally. Or Cure. Or Komen.  Run a 5K this weekend to benefit a child fighting cancer. Make a phone call to say ‘I’m thinking of you’. Send an email to say ‘I’m here for you. I believe in you. How can I help?’.

I don’t care what you do. And honestly, this is not a post to drum up donations for my fundraising.  I am passionate about raising money for Dana Farber.  Running Boston and raising  money for DFMC is MY ‘DO SOMETHING’.  My ‘DO SOMETHING’ has raised $70K for cancer research in 5 years.  I want you to care enough about something to be angry too. I want you to DO SOMETHING. Find your passion, your cause, your fight. And hold your nose and jump right in! If we each ‘DO SOMETHING’, think about all of the changes that can be made!

I am going to post a few links below. Just some fundraising pages and ideas for people to get involved in different things. These are all cancer-related. That’s where I am going with this today. But I know that there are so many other causes and issues in the world today. I am choosing to focus on just this one (for now).

So, please. I BEG OF YOU. DO SOMETHING. Anything. It doesn’t have to be much. But it needs to be something.  Together, we can make a difference.  And I will try to get back to the funny memes and pictures soon.

Team Carson Go Fund Me

Amazing Grace 5K March 11th

Wyatt Pope You Caring

Lauren’s Rally Fundraiser for Ruby

CURE – Mary Elizabeth’s Story

Curing Kids Cancer

Carri’s DFMC Fundraising Page

 

 

 

01
Feb
17

2017 OPPORTUNITY DRAWING!!!

It’s finally here!! You’ve all been waiting for it!! It’s my DFMC OPPORTUNITY DRAWING FOR 2017 (Pause for applause and screams!). There are so many incredible prizes this year! Thank you to everyone who donated an item!! Here’s how it works.

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.00. If you work for a company that will corporate match to Dana Farber (http://www.matchinggifts.com/dana-farber/), you get double the tickets. (Donate $25 with a 100% match and get 6 tickets instead of 3). Ticket sales will be open from February 1-7, 2017.

STEP ONE: Donate Here: Carri’s 2017 DFMC Fundraising Page

STEP TWO: Review the prize list (below and sent via email).

STEP THREE: Look for an email from me asking where you want to put your tickets. That’s right! YOU GET TO CHOOSE! You can put all of your tickets on one item…or split them up across several prizes!! YOU CHOOSE!

STEP FOUR: Wait until February 8th when I announce the winners!! This year there are OVER 30 prizes!!! It’s LITERALLY a win-win!!

I have already raised over 4K towards my goal of 17K for 2017! And this week, the top fundraiser will get another $1000 or the chance to get another $500 posted to their account. So if you have been waiting to donate, the time is NOW!!! As an added incentive, DFMC is running (pun intended) a contest which will award $1000 to the team member who raises the most money from February 1-7! YOUR DONATION CAN HELP ME GET THAT EXTRA $1000!!!!

As always, THANK YOU for your ongoing support!!! I could not do this without you!!!

 

2017 PRIZE LIST:

ONE WEEK STAY IN HILTON HEAD, SC (2 winners, 1 week each)  Two-bedroom villa in the South Beach area of Sea Pines.  Walk to the beach, pool and Salty Dog! Sleeps 6-8 people. Date restrictions apply.  Value: $1100.00    https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p118489

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VISA GIFT CARD ($250.00)

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JODI CRAINE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION  Jodi Craine has been capturing incredible images of my family for the last 8 years!! Win a professional photography 20 minute mini-session with 8 images in B+W and color. Expires 9/1/2017. Value: $225.00.  www.jodicrainephotography.com

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MATILDA JANE Half-off an item from the Spring 2017 Collection and a $30.00 credit to use while shopping! These clothes and accessories are BEAUTIFUL for women, children and babies!  www.matildajaneclothing.com/kimeilers

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AMAZON ECHO DOT  Everyone needs ‘Alexa’ in their life! Value: $50.00.

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THE SLEEPY BAKER CUPCAKE BOUQUET One custom cupcake bouquet made by The Sleepy Baker.  Can accommodate a wide-variety of food allergies and preferences. Local delivery (MA) only.  Value: $60.00. http://www.thesleepybaker.com/

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PIGTAILS & CREWCUTS  Certificate for 3 haircuts to be redeemed at East Cobb, Roswell or West Cobb Locations. Value $60.00 https://www.pigtailsandcrewcuts.com/

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HKL DESIGNS $50.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE Custom vinyl decals for clothing, cups, Yeti’s. If you can think of it, she can make a vinyl decal of it! https://www.facebook.com/HKLDesigns

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OFF THE CHAIN Adjustable long leather necklace with Amethyst. https://www.facebook.com/OffTheChainAtl/

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MERMAID BLANKET  Handmade by Janis Holland of Holland Botanical! This gorgeous blanket is perfect for snuggling up anywhere! ttps://www.etsy.com/shop/HollandBotanical

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TOO CRAFTY CHICKS $60.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE These two make beautiful door hangers for all occasions! https://www.facebook.com/DoorAccessory/

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ORIGAMI OWL Medium heart locket, 3 charms and 30″ chain.  Value: $73.00  www.fashioncharms.origamiowl.com

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RODAN + FIELDS Daily Body Moisturizer, Body Micro-Dermabrasion and REDEFINE pack (night serum, lip renewing serum). Value: $45.00. https://bferguson.myrandf.com/ContactMe

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SPARKLE SKIRT These skirts are my favorite running skirts…ever! The prize is a size MEDIUM of the swing skirt in the ‘Schoolgirl’ print!  http://sparkleskirts.com/

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YUMMY DELICIOUS COOKIES BY WHIMSICAL CREATIONS One dozen cookies custom cookies. Order available after 2/14/2017. https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhimsicalOriginalsDB

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STELLA & DOT $50.00 CREDIT $50.00 to be used at Teresa’s Stella & Dot Page www.stelladot.com/teresaisabel

 

MANDI MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY Mini-session (20 minutes) in Roswell, MA with up to 5 people. Includes 10 digital images to download. Value: $250.00  www.mandimitchellphotography.com

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WALTON RAIDER CHASE 5K ENTRY One adult entry to the Raider Chase 5K on Saturday February 11, 2017.  Value: $30.00  http://www.waltontfxc.com/raiderchase/

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PET PORTRAIT BY SHELLY HELMS FLEISHMAN 6×6 canvas original painting of your pet.  Value: $85.00 www.shfstudio.net

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LULAROE LEGGINGS – ONE SIZE – JENNIFER WOJTCZAK Two pairs of Lularoe leggings. One Size fits size 0-12.  (to be selected from Jennifer’s inventory). Value: $50.00.  Jennifer Wotjczak Lularoe

LULAROE LEGGINGS – TALL CURVY – NANCY FERGUSON Two pairs of TALL/CURVY Leggings (see pictures). Tall Curvy fits size 12-22. Nancy Ferguson Lularoe

LULAROE KIDS LEGGINGS FROM LORI MORRISON2 pairs of KIDS Lularoe Leggings (see picture). Kids fits size 2T – 7.Lori Morrison Lularoe

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LULAROE  FROM ANGIE DAVENPORT  $40.00 credit to be used to shopfrom Angie’s inventory.  Angie Davenport Lularoe

 

LULAROE SARAH CARDIGAN FROM ASHLEY JENKINS One Sarah Cardigan to be selected from Ashley’s inventory. Ashley Jenkins Lularoe

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HAIRCUT AND KERASTASE TREATMENT FROM LAUREN BROCKWAYOne of Impulse salon’s best stylist! A haircut and kerastase treatment. Value: $135.00 www.impulse-salon.com

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UPTOWN SCRATCH LICE-KILLER PACKAGE  The dreaded word…LICE! Scary but Uptown Scratch is here to help! This tote bag includes 1 Nit Free Terminator Comb, 1 bottle of Killer Mousse and a bottle of wine (to help you get through it!). All put together in a great tote bag!  www.uptownscratch.com

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QUILT CRUSH $100 Store Credit towards the Quilt Crush Etsy shop. Custom quilts including t-shirt quilts!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuiltCrush

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ZUCCA BAR & PIZZERIA $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zucca Pizzeria & Bar in Smyrna, GA.  Delicious pizza, calzones and other Italian dishes. www.zuccapizza.com

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ARBONNE  Pampermint foot cream and foot scrub, Cellular renewal masque and Renewing Body Gelee. Donated by Kate Beaty. http://www.arbonne.com/

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ESSENTIAL OIL SET  OrthoSport Massage Oil, Young Living Deep Relief, Breathe Again.  Oils essential for any athlete! Value: $115.00. ttp://elizabethblumin.marketingscents.com/

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EC KAKES Two-tier cake (fondant or buttercream) to feed up to 25 people.  Value: $75-100. East Cobb area only. 5 days ordering time required. Follow #eckakes on Instagram!

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04
Jan
17

2016…by the numbers

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!  Every year as we flip the calendar (who still uses a wall calendar??!!), I like to look back on my year in running and tally it up. It’s a great way to see what I have accomplished and help set new goals!

1 – Age-group award (2nd place MBES 5K)

2  – Half-Marathons (NOLA and Publix)

2 – Marathons (Boston and Marine Corps)

3- Countries where I ran (USA, Mexico, BVI)

4– Other races (1 15K and 3 5Ks)

7 – States where I ran (MA, GA, SC, FL, VA, DC, NC)

24 – Average miles run per week

185 – Runs recorded in dailymile

1250 – Miles run in 2016

7068 – Miles run since 1/1/2011

10,000 – burpees completed at IronTribe (might be a *slight* exaggeration)

16,888  – Dollars raised for DFMC 2016

9,499,892 – Steps take since June 7, 2015 (per fitbit)

And, that’s why I am so tired! No, really. It’s pretty cool to look back at it after a whole year. I get caught up in training or the daily workouts so I don’t realize what I’m doing. I am proud of another year on my feet.  As I have said many times before, I never fancied myself a ‘runner’ but after 7000 miles, I guess I’m there.

For 2017, I already have a few races on the calendar (Hot Chocolate 15K, Publix 1/2 and BOSTON).  I am looking forward to another year of training smart, running with friends and remembering to enjoy the journey.

I will be kick-starting my 2017 DFMC fundraising with my annual opportunity drawing! Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks! I am so appreciative of the ongoing support and encouragement that I receive as part of this team and in my fundraising efforts! If you would like to support my goal of raising $17,000 for Innovative Basic Cancer Research (100% of all donations go directly to research): http://www.rundfmc.org/2017/carrig

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and I wish you all the best in 2017!

 

 

 

06
Nov
16

Happy Runiversary to me!

Today is my RUNIVERSARY!

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I ran my first race at the 2010 Mt. Bethel Elementary School Fun Run on November 6, 2010. It was my first 5K. First time running outdoors. I didn’t wear a stopwatch, never mind a Garmin. I don’t think I ran with music. Or any special gear. I just got up and ran.  I finished in 28:10 (thank you Facebook ‘on this day’).  I had been running a lit bit on the treadmill for a couple of months before the 5K but nothing more than 3 miles.  After the 5K,  I thought ‘hmm, I kind of like this’. So I started to train for the Peachtree Road Race (10K in July) but ended up running a 10K in February.  And then my first half-marathon in June. And then my first full marathon in June one year later. And the rest is history, right?

I started logging my miles run on January 1, 2011. I thought it would be a fun way to keep track of the miles and help with my training as well. I use DailyMile which I started out logging on my computer and then eventually on their app. I just put in my running miles, not walking or hiking or elliptical or anything else.

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That is my total mileage since 1/1/2011. That averages to 1150 miles per year or almost 100 miles a month.  Am I the fastest runner? No. Is this mileage high for a distance runner? No.  But I have been consistent with this ‘habit’ for 6 years.  Before I started running, I hardly exercised regularly.  Am I the most fit person because I run? No. But I know that I would not be nearly as fit and healthy if I didn’t run and workout.

Running has brought me so much more than just health benefits.

Friendship. For a long time, I always ran by myself. And that was fine. But in the last few years, I have been running with friends and realized that it makes it way more fun…and the miles fly by. I love my running friends and look forward to our miles of ‘therapy’.

Purpose.  When I was accepted to the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team in November 2012, my life changed.  I started fundraising for the 2013 Boston Marathon. I met incredible teammates and received so much support from family and friends. That support has continued on to this being my 5th year on the DFMC team.  Cancer sucks.  If I can run a few miles and raise funds to DO SOMETHING to help families touched by this disease, then I will continue to run.

Pride.  Whether I am running 5 miles around my neighborhood or 26.2 miles around Chicago, I am proud.  I hear people say ‘I could never be a runner’. Um….look at me. Do I look like a marathoner?  We come in all shapes and sizes!  My family still teases me about not ‘running back quickly’ when I played defense in soccer as a kid.  I never ran a mile until I was 36 years old.  I never thought I could be a runner either…until I started running.  I have learned that if I believe it, I can do it.  It’s not always easy but I am always proud of what I accomplish.

Yesterday, I ran the 2016 Mt. Bethel Elementary Fun Run 5K.  I finished in 25:34.  And because I’m old and it’s a small race, it was good enough for 2nd in my age group.  I will take it! Every run is not the best run.  But every run is a gift. I will keep running. I will keep adding to that mileage total as long as these legs will carry me.

But not today. Today is the first Sunday in months that I will NOT run.  AT ALL.  Today I will rest and recover from my marathon a week ago (more about that another time). And I’ll know that NOT running today is the best way to celebrate!

 

http://www.rundfmc.org/2017/carrig

 

28
Apr
16

Boston 2016

I know that I did not keep up with the blog as much this year as in the past but I had to at least recap my marathon weekend.  I write this recap mostly for myself, to preserve the memories. So feel free to just skip through the pictures!!

It was a BEAUTIFUL Boston weekend. I mean, the kind of weather that made me think ‘Why did we ever move away?’.  Blue skies. Sunny.  The city was bustling with marathoners and tourists.  I knew as soon as I landed at Logan that it was going to be a great weekend!

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I went straight to the expo and DFMC check-in from the airport.  Maneuvering through the expo with my luggage was less than fun so I didn’t spend too much time (or money). I picked up my bib and shirt, found my name on the wall and then headed to DFMC check-in.  It always feels like coming home when I get to the windows! I got my Pace$etter patch for hitting $13.1 status and my SIX t-shirts I won in various fundraising contests throughout the season.  Then I headed out to Copley for lunch and to walk around the finish line for a bit.

I spent Saturday night at Devin and Jenn’s house and enjoyed time with my parents and my newphews.  I had my pre-race-carb-load dinner with my dear friend Liz and got to see Shira and Stacey for lunch on Sunday before I headed into Boston! I always love the QT I get with family and friends before the race!1

 

On Sunday night, my mom and I attended the DFMC Pasta Party. It’s always my favorite part of the weekend (well, other than finishing the marathon!).  It is an emotional rollercoaster but so incredible to see 500+ teammates and their friends/families in one room.  I only know most of my team through social media so it’s great to finally ‘meet’ people too!  After dinner, I headed up to my hotel room and tried to settle into bed early as my alarm clock was set for 4am!

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Well, I wish I could say I slept restfully until that 4am alarm. But I slept from about 10-11:45pm and then tossed and turned before giving up at 3:45am! What’s another 15 minutes, right? I got dressed, grabbed my stuff and met my team in the lobby for the walk over to the busses at the Common.  I sat with my teammate Kerrie from NH and met a few other teammates on the LOOOOONG ride out to Hopkinton!  DFMC rents a church for our team every year and they stock it with snacks, drinks, first aid supplies, and more! It always seems like we will be there FOREVER but the time really flies by. Loved catching up with Janice again this year too! We met on the bus to Hopkinton in 2014 and roomed together before the marathon in 2015!

And before I knew it, we were heading out to the start corral. From the minute I stepped outside, I was hot.  It was sunny with no wind and warm temperatures. I felt like I was baking while I was waiting to start.  Tedy Bruschi was the starter for our corral (GO PATS) which was very cool.  I headed across the start line just after 11:15.  I love the first couple of miles as the corral thins out and you can see all of the different charity runners.  There are so many groups represented!  I picked my college friend Melissa out of the crowd in Ashland(sorry I missed Jen Duane this year!)  The crowds were great. It was a wonderful race day for spectators.  As usual, I had my different ‘crews’ of fans along the course and it is always amazing to see them!

Jillian in Natick Center with another great sign.

Stacey, Shira, Liz (and her whole family and neighborhood) at the top of the hill at Mile 11. Not sure why I was clutching my chest but for your information, they’re real and they’re spectacular!

The miles through Wellesley always fly by and it was wonderful to see Emily, Ellie and Isabella at mile 15.5.  Good thing Emily is always down for a sweaty hug (although I swear it was mostly water because I dumped so much over my head).

 

The Newton Hills were hellish as usual but the crowds kept me going. All day was a constant ‘GO CARRI’ or ‘GO DANA FAHBAH’.  There is so much support from the people lining the course. I gave lots of high fives to kids of all ages. Took all sorts of cups of water, sponges, wet cloths and even a popscicle along the way!  It really is a 26.2 mile standing ovation!!  I randomly saw Neil’s college roommate Steve who I had not seen since our wedding on one of the hills!  They always seem endless but then you are at the top of Heartbreak.  I loved coming into Cleveland Circle and seeing Lindsay and Ashley!  As always, Helen and Alan were standing at Mile 24.5 with their ’89’!  I passed too quickly for Alan to capture my annual Helen-Hug!

 

Then up and over Mile 25 where the greatest cheer section is always located–DFMC!  This is always such an energy boost. Lots of high-fives, a huge hug from Sandra who stretches herself WAY over the rail.  Many of the patient partners stand at this spot too.  It is probably my 2nd favorite spot along the course (the first being the FINISH LINE!)  And as soon as you pass that amazing crowd, you know you only have about a mile to go.

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I always get choked up when I pass the spot where I was stopped in 2013. It’s an involuntary reaction.  I never take that last half-mile for granted because I know too well that it’s not guaranteed.  But before you know it, I’m making the right on Hereford, left on Boylston.  My Mom and Devin are standing just past the Mile 26 marker for my final hugs of the marathon!

 

My last boost when I heard them say ‘Carri Gaudion from Marietta, GA’.  And then I’m done! I finished my 6th marathon.  My 4th Boston.  Having that medal put over my shoulders, getting my heat sheet, waiting for my Mom and Devin to navigate the barriers, eating my peanut butter M&Ms. It does not get any better than that!!!

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It was another fabulous marathon weekend and I would not change ONE THING about it! I am proud of myself for conquering 26.2 miles (again) and for raising $16,888 (!!!!) for Dana Farber!!  I am still hoping to hit $17K if anyone has not had a chance to donate! Carri’s DFMC Fundraising Page.  Thank you to everyone who supported me with a donation or words of encouragement.  It is always overwhelming to read all of the messages, texts and emails after the marathon.  I could not do this without your support! And as long as the DFMC team will have me, I plan to be back in Hopkinton on April 17, 2017 for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon!!

02
Mar
16

Runship

 

THIS IS RUNSHIP…

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Two incredible elite female marathoners who ran every step of the Olympic Trials Marathon together.  Amy Cragg did not want to leave Shalane Flanagan and she didn’t…until the last possible moment. And she was there to catch her at the finish line.

THIS IS RUNSHIP…

Connecting with your DFMC teammate on Facebook, finding each other via text message, meeting for the first time in the start corral (with a big hug) and running EVERY step of 13.1 miles together.

THIS IS RUNSHIP…

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Finding your friend at mile 15.5 of her marathon and jumping in for a mile (or 3).  Wishing you could continue on with her but knowing she is strong enough to make it on her own.

THIS IS RUNSHIP…

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Watching two friends carry each other to the finish line of a marathon.  They both struggled at different times. They both wanted to quit more than once. But they stuck together and crossed the finish line holding hands.

 

THIS IS RUNSHIP…

Start lines, finish lines, it really doesn’t matter. But there are always smiles.

 

THIS IS RUNSHIP…

People who will meet you at 6am to run and those who will stand out in the rain all day to watch you run by for 1 minute.  People who don’t care about sweaty hugs or hearing your running stories for the 500th time.

 THIS IS RUNSHIP…

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THIS IS RUNSHIP…

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Just a brunette and a blonde with an unbreakable bond.  Someone  who can tell by the tone of your text that you have had THAT KIND OF DAY and maybe you are at THAT POINT of your marathon training.  And who says so much in just a few words. And who brings you peace when your head is full of noise.

 

Running + Friendship = RUNSHIP.  It’s not just about running with friends. It’s about the VILLAGE.  The support system.  It’s about a bond.  It’s about inspiration. Motivation.  It’s about comfort and understanding.  It’s about letting go.  Trying new things.  It’s about asking for help.  Listening.  It’s about building each other up. Celebrating our victories.   Moving on from our defeats.  It’s about remembering why.  It’s about laughter. And tears.  It’s about passion.  Believing.  Finding strength that we never knew we had.  It’s about me. It’s about all of us.

To those pictured above…and to the many more people who support me in a million different ways…thank you for your RUNSHIP.  I will never be able to fully express how much it means to me.

 

http://www.rundfmc.org/2016/carrig

 

 

 

23
Feb
16

Why I am your most annoying friend on Facebook and proud of it

I am annoying.

There. I said it. I put it out there. I said what you are all thinking.  The facebook posts. The emails. Instagram pictures.  Opportunity Drawings. Super Bowl Squares. March Madness brackets.  And let’s not forget all the hashtags.  ALL RUNNING.  ALL FUNDRAISING. ALL THE TIME.  It’s all SUPER ANNOYING.

I get it.  My friend Nicole said I am a ‘shameless fundraiser’.  I take it as a compliment.  I’m getting it printed on a t-shirt (ha ha).  If posting a picture of Seanie in a princess dress grabs your attention and gets you to my fundraising page, well then, it worked!! I don’t care. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed.  People say they could never ask people for money like I do.  I don’t think of it that way.  I’m not asking for money for ME. I’m asking for money for anyone who has ever been touched by Cancer. Sadly, that’s pretty much all of us. If it takes being annoying and spamming your inbox to raise awareness and funds needed to fight this awful disease, you better believe I’m going to keep doing it!

When I send out my emails, I sometimes get responses from people saying that they would like to give, but they cannot at this time. Sometimes it’s someone who has donated in the past. Sometimes it is someone new.  Just the fact that they take the time to send me a message, means the world to me.  I love when my inbox is full of donation notifications from DFMC.  But I also love all of the words of support and encouragement that I have received on this journey.  That motivates me.  That inspires me.  That makes me want to continue with DFMC year after year.

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This is MY passion. But it might not be your passion. My hope is that even if you are not donating to DFMC, you are finding your passion and donating somewhere. I WISH I could donate to every fundraiser, youcaring, or gofundme page that crosses my email and facebook wall.  I sometimes read these stories and want to say ‘GIVE TO THEM, NOT TO ME’.  There are so many families touched by cancer or other diseases. Too many people suffering.  I cannot help them all and I know you can’t either.  But my hope is that MY PASSION and MY JOURNEY with DFMC can inspire others to GIVE. To VOLUNTEER.  TO DO SOMETHING. To help others.  That is what it’s all about.

I am VERY CLOSE to my $13.1K goal which would put me at the next Pace$etter level with DFMC!  I surpassed $50K for my overall fundraising since I started in 2013.  Did I ever think this was possible? No. It’s beyond all expectations. When I started in 2013, I thought I would just barely hit my goal of $5K and I doubled it.  And each year I have raised more and more.  My fundraising goals keep climbing. Thanks to all of you.  Whether you give $5 or $500, or if you just send a message saying ‘I’m proud of you’ or ‘You got this’, it makes a huge difference. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND FOR BELIEVING IN ME!!

If you would like to support me on my journey to the ULTIMATE FINISH LINE–a world without cancer: Carri’s DFMC Fundraising Page

 




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My thoughts on being a mom, runner, wannabe health nut, and everything else.