Take the Liver Life Challenge at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

It’s hard to believe it was two years ago this month that I started training for my first half marathon. I was nervous when I signed up to run the 2011 Walt Disney World half marathon with the Arthritis Foundation’s Joints in Motion program. But I knew that the support of my virtual running and fundraising coaches would help me along the way to achieve my goals.

While I succeeded virtually, you now have the opportunity to do something similar for another great non-profit but with local Cleveland people guiding you! Let me introduce you to the Liver Life Challenge.

What is Liver Life Challenge, you ask? “This endurance training team offers a ticket to some of the most desirable sporting events in America and leads participants across the finish line with expert coaching, training and tools for success. Participants achieve their own fitness goals, while raising funds for the American Liver Foundation to create a better future for 30 million Americans with liver disease.”

The Cleveland Liver Life Challenge Team will train for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend taking place January 10 – 13, 2013.  Participants can chose to participate in the 13.1 mile Half Marathon, the 26.2 mile Full Marathon or the 39.3 mile Goofy Challenge.  You do get an extra medal for doing the Goofy!  Runners and walkers are both welcome and the team is open to all levels of fitness: from long-time runners to couch-to-long-distance newbies.

The running coach for the 2013 Cleveland Team is the one and only Heather from Mile 26 & More. Girlfriend knows her stuff: she’s run plenty of races, is currently training for a marathon this Fall, serves as a fellow FitFluential ambassador and has inspired countless others as a running coach (including me informally!) and as a group fitness instructor. She’s available to help develop a training plan that meets your needs.

Race Weekend is until January, so you still have plenty time to train. The team runs kick off on Saturday, September 22, but participants can register now to start fundraising. The program also includes the support you need to reach your fundraising goal via team meetings, them working out the logistics and being there to cheer you on along the course! I even got support during my 2011 race from the Cleveland Live Life Challenge Team. I’ll never forget that moment of seeing familiar Northeastern Ohioans as I ran by them during mile 7.

Commit to reaching the fundraising goal of $3,400 and the organization provides your airfare, accommodations, race registration, team gear, and most meals during race weekend. Don’t be scared of the distance or the dollar amount – both are achievable! Wouldn’t it be great to cross that finish line knowing you’ve helped the American Liver Foundation in the fight against liver disease? Sign up today!

For more information, contact Katrina by emailing her at kmarshall@liverfoundation.org or by calling 646-737-9426, or visit www.liverfoundation.org/disneymarathon.

Have you ever trained for a race for charity? What tips do you have for those that might be considering it?

events for you to enjoy around Greater Cleveland in September 2012

Hey September – nice to see you again! Time to schedule up your month with what’s going down around the CLE:

L’Amour du Vin Ticket Sales Launch Party & Happy Hour to benefit the Arthritis Foundation

Locavore to benefit the National MS Society Ohio Buckeye Chapter

Yoga Rocks The Park Cleveland – Session #6

  • Sunday, September 16 – starting at 10:30AM
  • at Lincoln Park in Tremont
  • It’s the last one of the season! Linda Stevenson and Rebecca Tighe are teaching the 9/16 session.
  • Cost: $10 if you pre-register online!
  • More info online at http://yogarocksthepark.com/cleveland/

Ohio Blogging Association September Cleveland Blogger Meetup at the Cleveland Indians Game

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 starting at 5:30PM. Game at 7:05PM.
  • We’ll start the evening at an establishment near the ballpark (probably on East 4th) for pre game happy hour beverages and food (you are responsible for your food/drink). From there, we’ll head to Progressive Field in time to catch the start of the game.
  • Cost: you’ll pay for your own ticket to the game. Shooting for around $12. I will be confirming details ASAP!
  • Stay up to date on plans by RSVPing over at the Facebook event page.

Plum Creek Farm’s Fall on the Farm Celebration

  • Saturday, September 22 starting at 4:00PM
  • Plum Creek Farm (66 Station Road, Valley City, OH 44280 – about 15 minutes Southwest of Strongsville)
  • Why attend? Crocker Dairy Farm, owned by the parents of Plum Creek farm, has been providing milk to the Cleveland area since the 1930′s but they are in danger of losing their herd due to the rising price of hay. In an attempt to “fill the barn” with hay, Plum Creek is hosting an “Empty Barn” hog roast with highlights to include a farm to table dinner featuring a pasture raised, heritage pig roast, live auction, “hayless” rides, farm tours, evening bonfire, and more.
  • Cost: Free – bring a dish for the potluck if you plan to eat.
  • Contact Amie at 330-483-0222 or visit the Facebook event page for more info.

PlayhouseSquare Partners presents OSU/Michigan State Viewing Party

  • Saturday, September 29 – time TBD based on football schedule
  • at The Blind Pig (1228 West 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113)
  • from the Facebook event site: Watch as the Buckeyes take on the Spartans on multiple big screens, test your luck at raffle, football squares, win a variety of great prizes and more!
  • cost: Free to attend. $25 Beer and Food package available in advance (or $30 at the door) includes 4 hours of pizza, pasta, wings, beer, wine, and well drinks.
  • Make your reservation today at 216-640-8416 or franzm@playhousesquare.org.

Disclosure: I was offered media passes to some of these events, work with the Arthritis Foundation, organize the OBA meet ups and just generally love a well-planned event. My thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

date nights, patios, paths and pups: a weekend in review

Only about six months after everyone else using social media to upload photos for the world to see, I downloaded an collage app for my iPhone. I was hoping for a simple, clean look and the Pic Stitch app first caught my eye. What better way to show off the highlights from this past weekend around Cleveland…

Date Night at the Zoovies

After I assisted another TT’s first yoga class Friday night, Hans and I hightailed it down to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to attend Date Night at the Zoovies. Guests had the opportunity to check out the African Elephant Crossing and Australian Adventure exhibits while enjoying the open bar and a nice assortment of sandwiches, wraps and light appetizers.  We met up with Jen, Sarah and their husbands just in time to kick back near the lions for a bit before heading over to the amphitheater for the showing of the movie, The Breakfast Club. Guests even could stock up on popcorn, soft pretzels and candy before the film began – it was a great touch by the event organizers! By the end of the evening, I said to Sarah that I wished the Zoo held this event on a monthly basis during the months when the weather would permit it. We had a lovely time.

An Impromptu Saturday Night Out in Tremont

After a great amount of indecisiveness, Hans, my brother and I ended up at one of my favorite Cleveland restaurants, Fahrenheit. The guys ordered two past dishes (Drew’s Roasted Chicken Fettuccini especially looking quite tasty) and I found something on the Fahren”lite” menu that I really enjoyed: a 6 oz. salmon entree served with broccoli and cauliflower. It was the perfect dish for a hot summer night on their patio. I even stole the olive tapenade from the bread basket to enjoy with it. Every single dish on our table was practically licked clean. From there we headed over to Treehouse for drinks with friends – I was all about the patio dining Saturday night!

End of Summer Outdoor Workouts

With Labor Day around the corner, it’s sad to think the end of summer is almost upon us. I decided to sneak in some workouts that involved being outside. Friday morning included a four mile pup hike (picture on the left is of part of the trail). Sunday morning included a 16 mile bike ride on the Towpath (picture on the right). I even ran into Dean during the bike ride – so random, but so fun to catch up as we biked along! It was great to get out there to #getafterit but am I sore today…

Crazy Dog Lady Photos

After all that and more, no wonder this is where we ended up Sunday night. Really? What else would you expect from me?!

How did you spend your weekend? Any other fun photo app recommendations I should look into?

Disclosure: I received media passes for the Date Night at the Zoovies event. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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