Feb 03, 2012 by Elizabeth Mongan
I wanted to update you all on how my training is going. I have just about a month and a half until the race, so as you might imagine, we are kicking our training into high gear!
Last weekend, we went for a very fun but VERY hilly run in Free Union, VA. You can read about it and see more pictures on my blog, here.
During the weekdays, I try to run outside as much as I can, but considering that it is still pretty dark when I am not at work, I do a lot of my running here:
But, it does make it worth those early alarms when I come home from the gym and see this:
Other than running, I have tried to get some cross-training in in the forms of yoga, weight lifting and biking. I recently got a spinning bike for my house, so it has been very convenient for cross-training purposes! (And for catching up with my DVR!)
We have a Team run tomorrow and are running 16 miles. Whew! That will be our longest Team run yet this season. The following weekend we thankfully cut back to 7 miles, but the two weekends after that we have 18 and 20 miles!! Yikes!! 20 miles will be my longest run ever...but still 6.2 miles shy of the distance I will run in the marathon! Wish me luck! Thanks for all your support =)
Christmas Bake Sale
Dec 14, 2011 by Elizabeth Mongan
Last weekend, Team in Training Charlottesville had an awesome bake sale and craft sale at the City Market in downtown Charlottesville! In December, the City Market turns more into a Christmas market than farmer's market, so we sold baked goods as well as Christmas crafts.
Before we sold anything, we went for our run! We had a great crowd of teammates doing 3, 4 or 5 miles. We started at the market, went down Water St. to McIntire Rd, turned left onto Preston, and continued down Preston. The 3 mile group turned and went up Madison Ave/14th St, the 4 mile group turned left on Rugby, and the 5 mile group (mine) went all the way down Preston/Rugby to Emmet St and took a left. We all connected to University Ave and headed back towards downtown--University turns into Main St, which then turns into Water St! It was a great run, albeit cold when we started! We warmed up quickly, however.
When we came back, it was full-force sales!
Cassidy brought a bunch of cute Christmas gifts she had made.
Krissy made chocolate-dipped pretzels with sprinkles. They looked AMAZING! So professional. She also made adorable felt ornaments.
I made peppermint bark that I put in Christmas bags. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the bags! But here is the bark:
Nov 11, 2011 by Elizabeth Mongan
This past Saturday, we had our very first Team run and a very successful fundraiser! We met at 7am at the City Market to set up our table for the bake sale. The market coordinators were afraid that the non-profit table spots (there are a limited number) would fill up quickly due to the elections this week and other events, but we were the first ones there, so we got our pick of spots! I chose a spot where the ground was pretty flat since the street slopes-- I didn't want us to have to worry about goodies sliding off the table!
I made my famous Surprise Meringues for the bake sale; you can find the recipe here!
Kate gave us big Team in Training signs that we hung on the side of the table so people would know who we were. I don't think there was any question!
As you can tell in the above photo, the sun was BARELY coming up. And, believe it or not, this was at about 7:30/7:45ish, after we had been there for 30-45 minutes! Crazy. It was the last day of daylight savings, though, so I guess it makes a little sense!
We all set up the table together and then most of the group went off for their run. Dan and I stayed behind to man the table--Dan had run the Dublin marathon the weekend before, so he wasn't running, and I volunteered to run after everyone else got back.
We had tons of delicious goodies! Here is a list of what I can remember that people brought (sorry if I forgot some!):
- Homemade beef empanadas
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Rice Crispy Treats
- Ultimate Cookies (soo delicious--cookies with chocolate chips, heath bars, and something else! Made by Krissy)
- Peanut butter cups
- Peanut butter cup cookies
- Brownies with marshmallows
- Sugar cookies
- Gluten Free cookies
- Vegan pumpkin chocolate chip bread
- Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes
- Surprise Meringues
I am sure there was more, but I can't remember it all at the moment! We had a huge spread, and couldn't sell it all, but Liz took it to work to hopefully sell the rest. We gave out a lot of free samples during the bake sale, which helped our sales a lot! It really draws people over to our table.
We all got a great lesson in hands-on sales, and had a great time while we were there! So glad to meet some of the team and see the rest again. Looking forward to another great run this Saturday!
As always, check out my blog for more information and stories.
City Market Bake Sale
Nov 01, 2011 by Elizabeth Mongan
The Team and I will be fundraising at the Charlottesville City Market on Saturday, November 5th from 7am til noon (or til we run out of baked goods!)
If you live in Charlottesville, please come out and see us and buy some tasty treats!
I'm running a marathon!
Nov 01, 2011 by Elizabeth Mongan
Thanks so much for checking out my Team in Training page. I am really excited to tell you about my adventures!
As some of you may know, I ran a half marathon with Team in Training last fall. This past fall, I was a mentor with Team in Training; I encouraged the teammates and helped them with their fundraising tactics to reach their goals. I have decided to participate in Team in Training again this season, as both a participant and a mentor!
I have decided to run the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach on March 18, 2012!
Though I am planning to "participate in" a marathon in November (the Philly Marathon,) I do not think it will be my most successful race, which is one of the reasons why I am training with Team in Training.
Team in Training has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I am so excited to be a part of it again this season. Because I fundraised just last year, I will be doing lots of babysitting and odd jobs to fundraise, rather than asking for donations, but donations are always welcome! Please let me know if you have any odd jobs I can help with!
The work that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society does is very important to me, which is another reason I am fundraising this year. As a part of Team in Training, I have met a lot of awesome people who are Leukemia/Lymphoma survivors, are currently battling a blood cancers, or have had someone in their family battle or lose their fight against blood cancer. The money that I am raising for LLS goes directly towards helping those fighting these cancers and towards research.
I will continue to post updates about my journey with TNT on this website and also on my blog, The Weekday Vegan. Please check back to both sites!