Join me at the Virtual Run for Jess 5K

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For several years, Mrs. Running Griffin and I have participated in the Run for Jess 5K in East Bridgewater on Labor Day weekend. This year, the race is going virtual due to COVID and we hope you will consider joining us for this virtual race raising funds for important causes.

The Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Foundation was founded in memory of Jessica Thurston who passed away from breast cancer at a young age.

With Jess in mind, the JCTMF strives to make a difference in the battle with breast cancer in hopes that one day there will be a cure!  Since the fund was established, in 2014, they have been able to make a yearly gift to Massachusetts General Hospital to directly support breast cancer research.  In addition, they also give out an annual high school scholarship and provide assistance to the local community throughout the year.  The foundation plans to keep their commitments this year and increase charitable giving to the Bridgewater area communities to those who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The virtual Run for Jess 5K is completely free but race organizers are asking for a donation if you are able to make one. If you donate $20 you will be eligible for a race tee-shirt if you sign up soon!

To join Mrs. Running Griffin and me at the Virtual Run for Jess 5K please click here to register.

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Running Over MSA 5K

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Join me for the virtual edition of the Dan Cavanagh Memorial Running Over MSA 5K in support of The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition! As many of you know, my father is currently battling MSA and here’s a great opportunity to join a virtual 5K in support of a great cause!

100% of all race proceeds will go directly to The MSA Coalition and the race that takes place in Chatsworth, Illinois is featuring a virtual 5K this year that affords runners across the country with the opportunity to join in the cause and tackle a 5K course of their own. Virtual runners will be shipped a race tee-shirt and will be able to submit their times and photos on the race’s social media accounts.

For information about the race, please be sure to visit the website by clicking here and join me in registering for this race. You’ll see details about the Virtual 5K on the left hand side at the bottom.

Please also be sure to “Like” the race page on Facebook by clicking here.

The Dan Cavanagh Memorial Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was started by the family of the late Dan Cavanagh. Dan was a beloved citizen of Chatsworth, IL from the time he was born. He was a lifetime member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Sons of the American Legion, and Pheasants Forever – Livingston County.

Dan passed away from Multiple System Atrophy on October 11th, 2015, at the age of 65.

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Fuel Up with Drink Wholesome

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Let’s be honest. We have all tried downing some protein drinks that require holding the nose, having a loved one strap you to a table so as to not squirm or can only be drank by shotgunning the drink like a Natty Light in undergrad with often the same queasy after effects.

Thankfully we don’t need to suffer any longer! Drink Wholesome is a new brand in market and is putting out ridiculously good products that both taste amazing and provides strong results. Drink Wholesome is created with real ingredients you can read right on the packaging and is free of any additives or fillers you have no idea what they are.

I have tried the Mocha flavor which is quite good but the PB Coconut is a whole different level. Made with egg whites, oats, peanuts, coconut, maple sugar, sea salt and monk fruit the PB Coconut protein powder provides a ridiculously delicous flavor profile that is tough to put down. I mix the protein with milk and ice and blend for a cool, refreshing shake post-runs that is flavorful and helps aid recovery. Try tossing in a couple local strawberries for some added flavor and you have yourself a real treat!

Because Drink Wholesome is all natural, you won’t be left with that bloated and sluggish feeling that other protein shakes deliver. The post-run shake definitely will fill you up with the fuel needed but does so in a way that is effective and not offensive.

Runners can request free samples of Drink Wholesome shipped to them (just need to cover the postage) so there is no reason not to check out these great products for yourself! Click here to request your free samples.

For more information about Drink Wholesome, please be sure to check out their website by clicking here.

Put away the fillers. Dump the junk in the garbage. Drink Wholesome and get results!

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The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K

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What do you do after just completing a marathon? A normal person might put their feet up for a few days, relax and swear off ever running again. If you haven’t yet realized, I’m not normal.

So, in the spirit of doing silly things I decided to sign up for The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K. Virtual runs have generally been something I have avoided in the past simply because I have seen far too many virtual runs merely be a money making enterprise for individuals looking to make a quick buck. For-profit virtual runs just seem like a quick, cheap way to take advantage of people looking to get a medal and maybe a tee-shirt all while charging runners way above what a normal, live race might charge.

However, with the COVID-19 world cancelling races all over, I have seen some virtual runs looking to raise money for charities and non-profit organizations due to the inability to host in-person races. Out of darkness comes some hope; out of the negativity of races being cancelled, kudos to those looking to make a difference.

The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K is a virtual 1000K trek across the entire state of Tennessee that will take place between now and August 31st. The race is raising funds for Feeding America and will help stock the shelves of food pantries across Tennessee. Runners upload their mileage on the honor system and those who complete the 1000K between now and the end of August will receive a finisher medal. Tee-shirts are also provided as part of the registration.

To join me in running across Tennessee, register for The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000K  by clicking here.

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2020 Virtual Providence Marathon Finisher!

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This weekend was supposed to be the Providence Marathon but as we all know the world is turned upside down and the race had to be cancelled. Despite the race trying to reschedule for later in the year, the organizers could not lock in a new weekend in the fall so the Providence Marathon moved to a virtual edition.

This morning it was time to put the training to the test and tackle 26.2 miles. I decided to stay close to home and run the 26.2 miles through Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where I live. The weather was proving to be a great day for running with temperatures in the high 40’s when I started off and ending around 60 degrees and sunny at the time of finish. All things considered, a great day for a run!

Overall, I knew today was going to be a different kind of run and finishing the 26.2 miles was the goal. I felt quite strong the first 18 miles or so but then hit the wall pretty hard. Fortunately, Mrs. Running Griffin met me at mile 22 with some Nuun and I started to bounce back quite a bit. I finished the Virtual 2020 Providence Marathon with a time of 4:51:07, good for 11:07/miles. Not my best marathon, no my worst. I’ll take it!

Running a solo marathon is an interesting journey. All the benefits of a true marathon ranging from fans to aid stations along the way make a huge difference. A motivational “you got this” can go a long way. A random band, a good cheer, a funny sign. All not there today.

But even without those items, I had a couple other things to keep me going today along the 26.2 mile course. First, the amazing Mrs. Running Griffin and our two girls drove and met me at different part of the course and provided an inspirational beep (at times excessive, but appreciated), tossed me water or Nuun and smiled and clapped. They also were a huge support system during training runs and helped continue to keep me motivated.

Next, thanks to people around Bridgewater who recognized me, gave a friendly wave or a beep. It was great to see some friends and family out on the course from time to time and despite there not being throngs of people lining the course like an official marathon, I am grateful to those who helped make today’s run special. A couple water bottles for me out on the course thanks to some friends was awesome and seeing how people would smile and wave brought a smile to my own face.

Lastly, and most importantly, the other thing that kept me moving today was thoughts of my dad and a deep appreciation for all of those who donated to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition in support of my marathon run and in honor of my dad who is currently battling MSA.

After I finished the run, I called my dad and he thanked me for running to which I noted, “It’s the least I can do; but, just about the most my calves can do.” As I was on my run, I reflected upon how tackling 26.2 miles is no small effort but when compared to battling MSA with the heroic might my father is, running a marathon is nothing. And if putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles can help rally people to awareness of MSA and in so doing can help raise more than $5,700 for The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition then each pang, blister or destroyed sneaker I currently have is all quite worth it.

Thank you to everyone who donated to The MSA Coalition; it means the world to me and my family. If you are interested, in making a post-run donation to cheer on finishing the marathon please click here.

Not how I drew up running the Providence Marathon but when life hands you lemons, don’t suck. I’m a 2020 Virtual Providence Marathon finisher!

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