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I’m A Solemate!

June 18, 2012

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to the week!

Sunday was another relaxing day and an errand/getting things done day. I started off by doing a yoga video from Do Yoga With Me, which is a site with free yoga videos! I did a yoga for runners video because I was so sore! It was basically just stretching, but it helped a bit. I spent the rest of the day reading, running errands, prepping food and hanging out with my brother, sister in law and her sister. Nothing too exciting!

Important note: I also wanted to mention, I’m looking for some roommates for the Healthy Living Summit – I’ll be there Friday through Sunday (2 nights) so if you’re looking for a 4th (I’ve heard most people squeeze in 4 to save money) or even a 1st, send me an e-mail at!

Anyway, I do have something else exciting to share with you:

As you all know, I am currently training to run the Chicago Marathon on October 7th of this year! Ahhhh so exciting! And you also know that I’ve been training with CARA, the Chicago Area Runners Association. This is normally a pretty expensive thing, however I’ve been able to participate for free! When you sign up to fundraise for a charity while running the marathon, then you get free registration into the CARA marathon training program. So who am I fundraising for? I’m so glad you asked.




After hearing about Girls on the Run from Caitlin, on Healthy Tipping Point, I knew it was an organization that I wanted to be involved with. I grew up going to an all-girls summer camp and was a sailing counselor for one year. I love working with young women, so combining that with my love of running seemed like the perfect match.

Girls on the Run is a great organization that uses training for a 5K to teach young women about self-esteem, health, confidence and friendship. Because many young girls cannot afford to participate in the program, Chicago’s Girls on the Run awards more than $500,000 in scholarships and subsidies each year so that girls from low-income communities are able to participate in the program.

As a Solemate, my goal is to raise at least $600 for the program, and I’m hoping much, much more! Being able to participate in something like Girls on the Run would have made a huge impact in my own childhood. I’ve learned so much from running now, and I think this program will really empower young women to be their best.

If you are able, I would really love you help with my fundraising! I realize that giving money to every charity you want to is just not possible, but every little bit counts, just $5 would mean the world to me, and to a young girl out there. If you can’t donate, please feel free to spread the word and tweet about this giveaway or put it on your facebook status. I’d appreciate all the help I can get!

Here’s the link to my fundraising site:



What is something that gave you confidence as a young girl?

Have you ever done fundraising before?

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2012 6:33 am

    That’s so neat! I interviewed some from Girls On the Run for a writing project I did — it’s such a good organization!

  2. fitandfuninthird permalink
    June 18, 2012 6:49 am

    Good for you girl! What a great thing to be a part of! I do fundraising for the Alzheimers Assocuation and I love every second of it!

  3. June 18, 2012 7:47 am

    What a perfect group to fundraise for! I wish I was going to HLS, I am super jealous!

  4. June 18, 2012 9:07 am

    i wish i could be your roomie for the HLS! boo. oh well, hopefully next year!
    and i’m super excited for your involvement with girls on the run! that will be perfect for you!

  5. June 18, 2012 9:24 am

    I’m a Girls on the Run of Monongalia County (Morgantown, WV) board member and love every minute I spend helping with our chapter. GOTR is such a wonderful program!

  6. June 18, 2012 9:37 am

    That’s awesome! I’m hoping to get involved in the fall as an assistant coach if they are looking for any in Houston.

  7. June 18, 2012 12:10 pm

    This is awesome Katie! I was an assistant coach for a season in Orlando and had such a wonderful time. Such a great organization to raise money for!

  8. June 18, 2012 1:28 pm

    That is SOOO cool! I think GOTR is such a great organization! Go YOU 🙂

  9. Hilary permalink
    June 18, 2012 4:10 pm

    Katie!! I’m so excited for you! In May, I was just a GOTR running buddy for a 9 year old girl at the GOTR 5k in Lancaster, PA. It was the most amazing experience! She was only 9 years old and ran the whole thing in only 29 mins!!! I am so proud of her! We stay in contact and she asked me to be her running buddy again next year!!

  10. June 18, 2012 4:47 pm

    Good for you! I’m part of Habitat for Humanity so I love being involved with good causes 😉

  11. June 18, 2012 5:57 pm

    That is awesome that you do something amazing like that! I volunteer coach a youth volleyball team and I work at the food bank near me, but that sounds like a really cool thing to do.

    Also love the yoga video links for free. I’m definitely going to have to hit that up to get a nice morning yoga workout at my apartment.

  12. Julia H. @ Going Gulia permalink
    June 19, 2012 6:04 pm

    That’s awesome! I’m planning on fundraising for my first half marathon in October and am deciding between GOTR & another organization, actually. Question: I see that you’re using to fundraise. I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to go about fundraising and that seems like a good option that I didn’t think of…would you suggest doing it that way?

    • June 19, 2012 7:00 pm

      It was automatic when I signed up to be a solemate with GOTR. They must do all their fundraising through them because when I registered it just automatically created the page for me!

  13. June 20, 2012 7:29 pm

    That’s awesome! I have done some fundraising, so far just for the American Cancer Society. I did their breast cancer walk (Making Strides) a couple times, and then did Relay For Life for three years (not just fundraising, but I was also on the planning committee) and now I fundraise with DetermiNation, their endurance program. I’ve lost some relatives to cancer, and both of my mom’s parents battled cancer, so I worry about her health history, so it’s a very important organization to me.

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