Perfect Timing: Enter Beachbody! *Insert Shameless Plug Here*

I’ve really been trying to focus more on strength training for several reasons.  One:  I know it’ll help keep me at a lower risk for injury.  Two:  It’s important for chicks in their middle 30’s to do strength training to maintain and/or lose weight.  It can’t be all cardio all the time anymore.  And Three:  Muscles are hot, yo.

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Now here are two other seemingly unrelated facts for you.  One:  I’ve recently happened to become friends with a BeachBody coach and distributor.  Two:  (And I’ve mentioned this one here before a time or two…)  I’m currently doing a long-term fundraiser for a local animal rescue.

And here’s where those two facts tie together.  When I posted to my fundraiser’s Facebook page asking for pledges for this month to be made as donations to the rescue, this friend very generously offered to donate her proceeds from her BeachBody business to the rescue for the month of August!  If you’ve ever wanted to check it out, now is definitely the time to do it.  I’ve been curious about the Shakeology products, but never tried them because I didn’t realize they had vegan flavors and–even if I had known–they’re pretty pricey.  But they’ve got a special going on right now where if you buy a month’s worth of Shakeology product you get either the Cize or the 21-Day Fix DVD sets for free.  So for the price of the Shakeology, I’m getting the mix, the 21-Day Fix workout DVDs, and I know that the rescue is getting a portion of that sale, so it really doesn’t seem like such a bad deal now!  I’ve done some of the P90X DVDs, so I’m excited to try this series as well.  If you’re interested in checking out anything from the BeachBody line, shoot me an email, I’ll put you in touch with my friend, and she’ll help point you in the right direction!

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Social Media: A Love/Hate Relationship

The good thing about Facebook is that it gives everyone an outlet for their opinion.  The bad thing about Facebook is that it gives… well, EVERYONE an outlet for their opinion.  I get that everyone is entitled to one and blah, blah, blah, but more often than not it just seems that people are throwing their opinion out there with hopes of inciting arguments and debate.  These past couple of weeks have helped me clean up my friends list quite nicely!

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BUT social media does have its perks.  To the world of animal rescue, it has been invaluable.  Rescues can reach out to fosters and donors and network nationwide like never before (at least until Facebook changed their algorithms trying to force nonprofits to pay to have their posts seen, but that’s a tangent I won’t get off on today.  If you’d like, you can read more about that here.)

I’ve become a little more involved in social medial myself this year.  At the beginning of 2015, when I was healthy, running 100+ miles a month, and had high hopes for this year, I decided I was going to actively pursue 50 half marathons in 50 states.  I knew that there had to be a way that I could use those miles to do some good, so after talking with a local rescue and a couple of friends, we came up with an idea.  Remember the bike-a-thons we probably all took part in as a kid?  You know, you go around the neighborhood asking for pledges, and people pledge so many cents per mile.  You ride your little heart out for one event on one day and then tally up how much your pledgees owe you!  Well, what I came up with works much the same way, only this “event” lasts all year.  At the beginning of each month, I’ll ask for pledges for that month and then at the end of the month I tally up how many miles I’ve run, walked, etc., and those pledgees make their calcuated donations to the rescue!  The rescue is Goofy Foot Dog Rescue, so I very appropriately (in more ways than one haha) created a Facebook group called The Goofy Runner where this all takes place.  If you’re so inclined, I invite you to join the group!  You can pledge for one month, pledge every month, or don’t pledge at all and just sit back and watch or offer moral support or share the page.  You can be as involved as you want to be!  No one will harass you or try to guilt or shame you into anything.  This is all in fun and just a very light-hearted fundraiser.  And I very intentionally keep the pledges low so as to encourage more sponsors.  I’d rather have 20 sponsors with a $10 commitment than 3 sponsors with a $25 commitment because #math.  So please come join us!  It’s not too late to sponsor July!

Also follow me on Instagram @pamruns13.1 for a hot mess of randomness.  Everyone needs more cute animals and nonsense in their day, right?

I’m linking up with MCM Mama for today’s Tuesday’s on the Run topic:  Social Media Share.

Wooftrax: Take Your Walk for a Dog

Today I’m linking up with MCM Mama for Tuesdays on the Run, and this week the topic is best apps for runners.  Except I’m going to take it in a bit of a different direction.  The app I want to tell you about doesn’t count calories, or keep track of your splits, or promise you a tight ass in 30 days.  Wooftrax is an app that tracks your run or walk, and every time you run Wooftrax donates money to the animal shelter of your choice.  It’s a really sweet setup.  You’re gonna run anyway.  You’re gonna have your phone with you anyway.  So download this free app and earn money for the fur monsters!  All you have to do is open the app, click the “Start Walking For…” button, and Wooftrax does the rest.

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And although this isn’t affiliated with the Wooftrax app, I’m gonna throw it out there again anyway!  If you’re so inclined to sponsor ME for every mile I run, please check out my Facebook page, The Goofy Runner, as I run to earn money for my favorite local rescue!  I had 12 sponsors in January, I have 17 for February, and I’m now taking sponsors for March.  Don’t put off sponsoring because you think it’s gonna cost you an arm and a leg–based on my January mileage, each sponsor was only committed to $17.74, but when you multiply that by 12 sponsors, that makes a big difference in one month for a small grass-roots rescue!  Please join up!  🙂

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Five Things Friday

1.   Back during the summer, I bought a few winter things on clearance from Road Runner Sports.  One of them was this shirt.  Of course it didn’t get cold enough to wear it until November, and then it sat in a heap on the laundry room floor with all my other running gear waiting to be washed until sometime in December.  And it came out of the wash like this!  It disintegrated!  I know it was just a fluke as I’ve ordered tons of stuff from RRS, but WOW.

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2.   On a similar note, I ordered some really cool bookends from Amazon to use in my kitchen with all my cookbooks.  They arrived broken.  Heavy-ass wrought iron and UPS broke it.

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3.   I’ve had a nasty head cold this week.  I had fever with it the first couple of days, so that kind of cut into my running a bit.  I’m all for running through anything above the neck but not when fever is involved.  Thankfully it seems to be subsiding pretty quickly.  Usually when I get a winter cold it hangs around for freaking ever.  I attribute its early exit to my recent discovery and use of essential oils.

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4.   Work is reallllllllly looking up right now.  I’m finally getting a replacement for the employee that was reassigned back in November, so my life is about to get a LOT simpler.  You know.  Once I get her trained the way I want her.

5.   On the running front, I’m on par for 100 miles this month for the first time since December 2012!  I was on the road to it in November and then work happened and derailed me a bit.  Starting The Goofy Runner has given me the motivation I need to keep moving!!!

The Goofy Runner

I mentioned yesterday that I had a goal for 2015 that I hoped you guys would help me with.  So let me elaborate a little bit!

I have two loves:  running and animals.  For a long time I’ve been trying to find a way to combine those passions.  I started a local group a couple of years ago where me and a few other folks would go get some of the shelter dogs and take them out for runs.  That fizzled out pretty quickly.  Everyone thought it was a fabulous idea when I first pitched it, but then when it came time to start doing something, everyone was suddenly very busy.  It was just me and the same handful of people for a while and then it got to where they were available to help less and less.  And that’s just not a chore that someone can take on by themselves, so I nixed that program about a year ago.  I’ve volunteered and transported for several different rescues from time to time, but I’ve never really found my place.

Now on the running front… I’ve recently decided to give this 50 half marathons in 50 states a real shot.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever complete it, but I sure as hell won’t if I don’t ever start, so right now we’ll say that I’m officially going for it.  I knew there had to be some way to turn that into a fundraiser of sorts, but I just wasn’t sure how.  When I was searching the interwebs for ideas, I found an organization called Running for Rescues that does something sort of like what I was wanting to do, but their participants solicit donations for one key race and their proceeds are spread out all over the country.  I wanted to do something spread out over a broader time frame, like all of 2015, and I wanted to be sure all of my proceeds were kept local because GOD KNOWS this area needs all the help it can get.  The south in general is pretty irresponsible when it comes to companion animals, and we live in an area that is particularly bad.  So after mulling it over and getting advice from a few friends, I came up with a plan.  For all of 2015, I’ll be hosting a pledge-based fundraiser to benefit Goofy Foot Dog Rescue in West TN.

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Even though they’re based out of a neighboring county, a lot of their rescue efforts are focused here in my home county, so I’m satisfied that I’m keeping it as local as I can. They are an amazing organization founded by an amazing woman, and I am excited to be able to help them help more animals.  The plan right now (and this is a new plan, so it’s still subject to some tweaking) is to do this a month at a time so that potential donors don’t feel like they’re on the hook for an entire year.

This is the pledge structure for January:

Training miles = $0.10
Racing miles = $0.25
A new state = $5.00
A PR = $10.00

Assuming that I average 80-100 miles a month with several races thrown in there, I’m hoping I can get an average of at least $15 per sponsor per month.  I wanted to keep it low enough to encourage participation but high enough that GFDR would actually benefit from it.  I think that’s a nice middle ground.  I started a Facebook group called The Goofy Runner (based on the name of the rescue, but hey, I think it’s a rather fitting title anyway!) where I’ll be posting updates on my progress as well as the rescue’s goings-on so that my sponsors can follow along and see where their money is going.  I went public with the page on January 1st, and so far i have five committed sponsors for January.  I’d love to see that number at least double!  I know I have a lot of animal-loving followers, so please join the group and play along!  And please spread the word!  This is a small, grassroots rescue that depends solely on their founders’ income and donations to do everything they do!  And if you don’t want to do it for the animals, do it to watch a runner push herself like never before to be sure she squeezes every dime possible out of her supporters!  This could be the motivation I’ve been lacking all along!