My Fundraising Page

Melanie's Fundraising Page
Feb 11, 2012

Welcome to my Team in Training home page!

My desire to run a marathon began during my last trimester of pregnancy with Katelyn in the summer of 2008. My OB-GYN was suggesting (not so subtlety) that I should work-out 4 or 5 times a week. He told me that labor is “like a marathon” and I need to “train for it”. I had abruptly stopped working out as soon as all-day sickness began in my first trimester and hadn’t set foot in the gym since then. I preferred sitting on the couch and giving into my pregnancy cravings over working up a sweat. But, being the good little patient I was, I dragged my big belly to the gym and worked out 4 or 5 times a week on the elliptical. My doctor was probably relieved that I was no longer gaining 5 pounds each week. :)

While ellipticalling away (is that a word?), I watched the runners in the row of treadmills in front of me. I really hadn’t had much of a desire to run since college but all of a sudden I became very envious of these fast, fit runners I was being forced to watch. Knowing that I physically could not run made the desire to run again very strong. I decided that as soon as my baby was born, I would start running.

It took 6 long months before I was able to run after Katelyn was born (post-partum recovery took me much longer than I had expected). But as soon as I felt fine, I started running 2 or 3 miles on the treadmill and slowly increased my pace each week. Jon and I ran the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure 5K that June, 2009 and had a blast running together.

Then in early July, I realized I was pregnant, again! The all-day sickness came back and I immediately stopped running. It took all the energy I had just to make it through the day taking care of a baby. Over the next 8 months, I gained 57 pounds (yes, I know, way too much :). After Nathan was born I was very excited to start running again and start losing the baby weight. It seemed so much harder the second time around and I had also gained so much more weight! Jon and I registered for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in June, 2011 and that gave us the incentive to train during the spring. We ran a few 5Ks and 10Ks in the months leading up to the half marathon to help us prepare for the longer race.

During my long Saturday morning runs, I would often run past a big group of people wearing white and purple. They seemed so happy and I could just sense their excitement and enthusiasm. I wondered who these people were and how I could join this fun group! I learned that these people were with Team In Training and they were all running for a much bigger cause – to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. I wanted to run and fundraise with this team and have a bigger purpose for my running than just getting back into shape.

Before each practice, one of the coaches tells a story about someone who has been diagnosed with a blood cancer. I can’t help but feel incredibly humbled and blessed. I have two healthy children, an amazing husband and a very supportive family and friends. I am in a position where I can do something to help a great cause and I’m very excited to begin my fundraising.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures. Every little bit counts and I greatly appreciate your efforts.

With gratitude,



Supporter Comments

    "Good luck Melanie!"

    Chris U (DM)

    Mon Feb 13 02:27:08 EST 2012

    "Woot woot! Way to go Melie! Can't wait to hear about the big race. "

    Jessie Brown

    Mon Feb 13 04:18:50 EST 2012

    "You are going to do fabulous! Like my mom told me, "It's not just about the race day, but the journey to get there!""


    Wed Feb 15 02:53:58 EST 2012

    "Thanks for sharing the incredible meal plan you came up with on Modern Parents Messy Kids. I can't wait to put it to use for my family. "

    royann anderson

    Thu Mar 01 08:24:22 EST 2012

    "Saw the link on the MPMK website. Keep up the good work!"

    Laura Hutchinson

    Thu Mar 01 09:07:59 EST 2012

    "Mel-You Rock!"


    Thu Mar 01 02:31:51 EST 2012

    "I am so proud of you and inspired by you every day. You are an incredible person. I can't wait to see you cross the finish line of your first marathon!"

    Jon Liperi

    Fri Mar 02 08:11:19 EST 2012

    "I was led to your page by Modern Parents Messy Kids blog! I wanted to show you my appreciation for creating the 6 week menu! You are absolutely amazing for doing that! Also, I ran a full marathon in 2009 with TNT and always support other TNT runners. Good luck and I'll be praying for you! Thanks again!"

    Colleen Sulewski

    Sun Mar 04 02:59:43 EST 2012

    "Good luck girl! I know you will rock it :) Will be thinking about you on race day, wish I could be there to cheer you on at the finish line. I'll be there in spirit!!"

    Stacy Sands

    Thu Mar 15 04:09:52 EDT 2012

    "Good luck, Melanie!"


    Sun Mar 18 11:32:09 EDT 2012

    "Thanks for the great meal plan!"

    Christine Cordes

    Mon Apr 09 01:34:48 EDT 2012

    "Good luck, Melanie!!!"

    Mike & Jennifer Kutch

    Wed Apr 18 07:48:11 EDT 2012

    "Good luck on your run! Thanks for the meal plan!"


    Thu Apr 26 12:52:38 EDT 2012

    "Way to go, Melanie! Team In Training / LLS is very important to our family. Thank you for fundraising for such a great cause; now it's time to go rock the race!! Kristy and Alberto"

    Kristy and Alberto

    Fri May 11 02:35:49 EDT 2012

    "Thank you for the wonderful menu and Congrats on reaching your goal!"

    The Crews Family

    Mon Jun 04 01:02:39 EDT 2012

    "What an awesome idea to use your organization and meal planning skills to help fight the cause. "

    Kelly Hardy

    Thu Jul 19 09:06:50 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $2,015.00 | Goal: $1,700.00
119 %

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My Thanks To

MicroSoft $100.00
Microsoft $100.00
Jessie Brown $100.00
Elisabeth Ponnath $50.00
Jennifer Gess $50.00
AnneMarie Leung $50.00
Microsoft $50.00
Chris and Kevin Welton $50.00
Shawn Will $50.00
John Gess $50.00
rhyannon $25.00
Robyn Grass $25.00
Kelly Hardy $25.00
Jill Jurenka $25.00
Briann $25.00
Kristy and Alberto $25.00
Mike & Jennifer Kutch $25.00
Julie Matheny $25.00
Mindy Root $25.00
sarah mertel $25.00
Andrea Katolin $25.00
Colleen Sulewski $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Kristen Sichz $25.00
Chris U (DM) $25.00
Myriam Joseph-Loeschen $20.00
April Bird $20.00
Meghan Holst $10.00
Lisa Martin $10.00
Amy Bobrinskoy $10.00
The Crews Family $10.00
Anonymous $10.00
Felicia Alford $10.00
dawn schwab $10.00
Brooke Jantz $10.00
Lindsay Elder $10.00
Kaniah Konkoly-Thege $10.00
Melissa Gollatz $5.00
Anonymous $5.00
Anonymous $5.00
Rebecca Moran $5.00
rebecca burlington $5.00
Kristen Boylen $5.00
Vanessa Flock $5.00
Sheila Chyu $5.00
Anonymous $5.00
Susan Perlman $5.00
Reena Thomas $5.00
Jennifer Bader $5.00
Laura Hutchinson $5.00
royann anderson $5.00
Julie Polhemus $5.00
Sarah Kerby $3.00
Erin Gray $2.00
Casey Morgan  
Anne Radford  
Christine Cordes  
Stacy Sands  
Jon Liperi  
Hildegard Gess