The Guardsmen Raffle

On August 3rd, I am competing as a member of The Guardsmen Trail Run Team in the Angel Island 12K Race to raise money for Bay Area at-risk youth and the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.

I became a big fan of The Guardsmen after participating in their Presidio 10 race last year and then again when I did one of their trail training runs earlier this year- I met a lot of The Guardsmen volunteers and after speaking with them about their cause, I was happy to help spread the word.

The Guardsmen help at-risk Bay Area youth by providing outdoor education programs and scholarships. They are committed to making sure that fundraising dollars are spent wisely- approximately 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support programs for kids- so I am holding a raffle in their honor! Continue reading


Technical Difficulties

If you can relate to the above picture, then you know what kind of “technical difficulties” I’m referring to: running clothes. They are EVERYWHERE and it’s becoming quite an issue for me, my closet, and my dresser drawers. I have so much technical gear that I broke 2 drawers right off my dresser trying to shove it all in!

I was stuck home with sick kids yesterday so I did some laundry and went ahead and laid out ALL of my work out clothing on the bed and counted- I’m up to 78 technical shirts and 25 bottoms. And that doesn’t even take into account all the shoes, socks, bras, jackets, hats and headbands I’ve been collecting over the past 6 years.

“Hello, my name is Laura and I’m an addict.” Anyone else care to join me at AAA? (Athletic Apparel Anonymous)  Continue reading

Mother of all Raffles

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I joined Team in Training to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and am running my first marathon, the Nike Women’s Marathon on October 16th- I can’t believe how close that is! ACK!

Initially, I met my fundraising goal but then a friend was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia so I decided to raise more.  Today, more than 950,000 Americans (that’s only Americans, not world-wide) are living with a blood cancer.  And that’s way too many.  I am running this marathon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers and need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!

To help get to my fund raising goal, I reached out to many companies asking (oh so nicely) for product donations and as a result of their amazing generosity, I am having the Mother of all Raffles for LLS!  Here is what you can win: Continue reading