Get Ready To Bid and Benefit Tufts!

Get ready to bid and benefit Tufts Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children!

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I have been overwhelmed by the support that so many of you have already shown for Tufts on my behalf!  THANK YOU!  Race day is quickly approaching with just 13 days to go.  I can’t believe it’s happening so soon and I could not be more excited!

I may be in the taper phase of my training, but I’m definitely not tapering when it comes to fundraising.  In an effort to make one final push to raise money for Tufts Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children, I will be hosting an online auction THIS WEEK!  The auction will open on Thursday, 4/7/16, at 6:30 PM EST and will close at 8:30 PM on Friday, 4/8/16.  100% of all proceeds will be donated to Tufts.

The auction can be accessed via this link only:  https://www.32auctions.com/teamtufts

There are currently 20 prize packages up for grabs to the highest bidder and they are awesome!  Go ahead and check out the listings now and see starting bids so you can get ready to bid when the auction goes live!  Please note:  If you choose to bid when the auction is live you will be asked to create an account with 32auctions.com.  It is a very simple process and no credit card information will be required.  All winning bidders will be notified by me within 24 hours of the auction close and must make payment via a donation directly to Tufts Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children.  Bonus:  You get the tax deduction AND win your prize package!

PLEASE share this post and auction link with your friends and family so that they can take part in the fun too!  I would love to involve as many people as possible on this journey to help others by supporting Tufts.  I am positive that TOGETHER we can do just that!

A HUGE THANKS to all of my donors including Inspired Endurance, New Balance, P.J. MacWilliam’s Bon Bon, The Overlook Golf Club, doTERRA, Innovations The Salon & Spa, K & E Burpies, Claire McNabb, David Welch, Mike Mazzone, Fleet Feet, Apple Therapy Services at The Executive Manchester, Nicolasa Moreau of Shoe Laces & Bibs, Patrice Strom-Morrill, The Flying Butcher, Boston Duck Tours, Abby Lane Food & Spirits, Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown, The Discovery Museums, Timberland, and all of those that wished to remain anonymous…you know who you are!

Remember, auction goes live this Thursday, 4/7/16 at 6:30 PM EST…HAPPY BIDDING!!!

Order Your Boston Strong Tee Shirt Today!

Show your support for your favorite runner on Marathon Monday AND help a great organization…WIN-WIN!

I custom designed this tee shirt and am selling them for $20 each.  $10 from each sale will be donated to Tufts Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children.  Each shirt displays my Run For Your Sole logo along with my marathon mantra, “Never Give Up”, and “26.2” right on the front.  The back side reminds us all that together we ARE Boston Strong!

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My hope is to get as many folks as I can wearing these on Marathon Monday. Whether you plan to be along the course cheering for a runner or at home, work, or your local pub watching the race, show your support for Boston and show the world that we ARE Boston Strong!

Shirts are pre-shrunk Gildan cotton and are available in youth medium and youth large as well as adult small – XXXL.  Price includes shipping/delivery which will be BEFORE 4/18/16.  Orders will be accepted through 3/6/16.  Don’t miss your chance!

Contact me at heathersweeney1979@gmail.com to order OR comment here.  Payment is accepted via PayPal, cash, or check.

Thank you!

Maine Raffle (Round 2): We Have A Winner!

Thank you to everyone that purchased a ticket for the second round of my raffle for a long weekend in York, Maine.  Together, we raised another $1,500.00 for Tufts Medical Center! WOW!

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And the winner is…

The lucky winner for this raffle is Ashley Reven.  Congratulations Ashley!  I hope you enjoy your weekend away!

Coming Together to Sweat for Team Tufts

Today was my “Sweat for Team Tufts” fundraising event at OrangeTheory Fitness (OTF) of Nashua.  Oh.  Em. Gee.  IT WAS FREAKIN AWESOME!  To have 24 people come out on a Saturday afternoon to help support Tufts Medical Center and my journey to Boston felt AMAZING!  I am beyond grateful for everyone that attended.  The majority of attendees were friends or family, but there were also a handful of folks that I had never met which blew my mind.  One attendee, Joanne, and I met when I arrived and she said she heard about my event and has fundraised in the past and works out at OTF so she decided to come out and help support me.  I couldn’t be more thankful for people like Joanne!  The feeling of having strangers show up and back my efforts really was out of this world FANTASTIC!

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For the first time since my very first OTF class, I arrived and felt nervous.  I have no idea why, but I think it was a combination of nerves and excitement knowing I’d be working out surrounded by so many awesome people and for such a great cause.  The waiting room was full of attendees already getting their paperwork completed and their heart rate monitors on.  The positive energy was through the roof!  I just kept thinking, “LET’S DO THIS!”

Christine was our instructor with help from Kristina.  I wondered how they were going to manage so many new people in a class at once, but man, did they ever!  Christine is OUTSTANDING at teaching these classes.  She takes charge, is confident, gets everyone moving right away, and makes sure all the prompts are clear so that everyone knows exactly what they should be doing and when.  I sure as hell couldn’t do that without turning it into a big mess!  THANK YOU CHRISTINE!!!  The workout was insane as always with about half of the class spent busting our butts on the treadmill and the other half pushing ourselves to the limits with strength work on the floor.  At one point, during the pushup portion of a burpee, my arms gave out from laughing with a friend and I may or may not have fallen face first onto the floor…hey, at least I can laugh at myself!  I got back up and kept going…that’s all that matters!

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As a class, we earned over 500 splat points and burned over 12,700 calories in just under an hour.  By the end, we were all covered in sweat, shirts soaked and sticking to our bodies, but still smiling!

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A huge thanks to Karen and Dwayne at OTF who allowed me the opportunity to hold this event at their studio.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to Tufts Medical Center…that’s over $500.00 that will benefit so many other families who need the outstanding care that is provided at Tufts.  WOW!

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Also, a big shout out to Honey Stinger for providing me with bags, stickers, and Caramel Waffles to include in my swag bags for each attendee.  Additionally, to Arctic Ease for providing their amazing Arctic Ease Cold Wraps which each attendee walked away with.   Last but not least, to Bondi Bands for their awesome headbands which everyone also got to take home.  Some serious swag for some serious sweat!

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Six lucky individuals left with a giveaway which we drew at the end of class thanks to Runner’s Alley, New Balance, Sweaty Bands, and Fitletic.  The lucky winner of our big item, a $50 Runner’s Alley gift card, was Rachel G…WOOHOO!!!

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If you’re looking for an outstanding workout that will challenge you, push you to your limits, and leaving you feeling out of this world, check out OrangeTheory Fitness of Nashua.  They are opening a new location as well in South Nashua on Spit Brook Road.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude to every single person that took part in this event whether it was to plan, organize (thank you Wendy!), attend, instruct, provide giveaways, take pictures (thank you Beth!), or just plain support a great cause.  We should all feel really great about today knowing that we sweat it out for Team Tufts!  If anyone can lift a drink tonight, toast to yourself because YOU ARE AMAZING!

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Last Chance Raffle: Win A Long Weekend Away in York, Maine

When life gives you a second chance, TAKE IT!

Announcing a second and FINAL chance to win a long weekend away in Maine!

This time, I am selling ONLY 15 raffle tickets for $100 each for the chance to win a long weekend at my family’s home in York Beach, Maine. 100% of these proceeds will be donated to Tufts Medical Center toward my journey to Boston! Simply make your donation of $100 via my page at http://www.teamtuftsmc.org/heathersweeney AND message me or comment here to confirm your ticket(s).

Here is a listing to the home for full details and photos.
https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3756128

There is a 1/15 chance of winning a beautiful vacation with family and/or friends as the house sleeps 16! It is fully equipped for little ones, has ocean views, is 1/2 mile from Nubble Light House, 1/2 mile from Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches, has an outdoor gas fireplace that is so relaxing, two outdoor grills, outdoor shower, and so much more! Linens and towels are provided. The house typically rents for $5,000 a week during peak season. Tickets will be sold from 1/13/16 through 2/13/16. Winner will be drawn and notified on 2/14/16 or sooner if tickets sell out earlier. Winner can choose to vacation during one of the following timeframes: 6/3/16-6/6/16 OR 6/10/16-6/13/16.

Please feel free to share with others that may be interested. This is a great chance to win with the odds being 1/15 this time around!

NOTE: THERE ARE ONLY 10 TICKETS REMAINING AT THIS TIME!

100 Days Until Boston: My Week In Review

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42 days of training completed and 100 more days until I get the chance to take my spot in the starting corral and run the Boston Marathon as part of Team Tufts.  Even though this will be my 5th marathon, every time I train it is a new journey.  You never know what’s around that next corner.  You just keep moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other, running your miles, putting the work in, and then one day, before you know it, the big day arrives and there you are, running your marathon.  It is one of the most amazing, powerful, and overwhelming feelings you could ever experience.  Finishing the distance and taking it all in, you do begin to realize, wow…I just climbed a mountain… and the view from the top is OUTSTANDING!

Over the past week, so much has happened.  It’s been a whirlwind, but in typical fashion, I’m loving the chaos.  I logged 23 miles combined on the dreadmill, an indoor track, and the open road.  I attended my first Track Tuesday.  I got to my class at OrangeTheory and got my butt kicked as usual.  I fit in my weekly Yoga class which was so necessary for my body.  I hit a record fundraising amount for myself in a 48 hour period.  I attended our Team Tufts Kick Off Meeting at Tufts Medical Center which was amazing, and last night I held my first true fundraising event at a local yoga studio, Thrive Wellness.

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I joined our local running club, Gate City Striders, about 6 weeks ago and signed up for their indoor track workouts to help keep me focused, add to my training, and get me a speed workout each week, not to mention the social aspect of meeting some great new people and learning from them all as well as the coaches.  This Tuesday was the first of six weeks of indoor track.  IT. WAS. AWESOME.  Notice, I did not say easy.  That it was not.  I have this love/hate relationship with speed work.  Before I start, I’m dreading it.  Once I start, I’m focused and determined and even though it hurts, it feels so good.  Once I finish, the adrenaline rush rules, my body feels “worked”, and I feel great!  This week I did 5 sets of 3 laps at 5k pace/lap with 1 lap for rest between each set.  Total was about 3 miles and pace for each lap was pretty consistent averaging 1:32 per lap.  It helped that I had my partner in crime Nicolasa of  Shoe Laces & Bibs running stride for stride with me!  I can’t wait to see how these workouts translate into results longer term.

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On Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 PM, I announced a raffle that I’d be doing to help raise money for Tufts Medical Center.  I planned to sell 20 tickets for $100 each for the chance to win a long weekend away at my family’s beach house in York, Maine.  I wasn’t sure what the interest would be like, but I figured I could manage to sell 20 tickets in a months time so I set the raffle to run for one month.  Yesterday, at 9:30 AM the last raffle ticket was sold.  I couldn’t even believe how quickly the tickets went and how much interest there was!  I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to do this because in just under 48 hours I was able to raise $2,000 which was donated directly to Tufts Medical Center on my behalf.  THANK YOU to everyone that participated.  A winner will be drawn as soon as all payments are received.  Stay tuned…

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Thursday evening we had our Team Tufts Kick Off Meeting so I headed down to Tufts Medical Center with my teammate and friend, Alana.  We somehow got to Boston in less than an hour and had an hour to kill, so we hoofed it over to the Adidas RunBase location to figure out our size for the ever so awesome Boston Marathon jacket!  We were in and out of the store with jackets in hand and hoofed it back to Tufts with one minute to spare before the meeting began! Now THAT was a workout…in boots…with heels.  There were so many great things about the meeting in general, but my favorite part of it was getting to know my teammates.  We did a quick (dreaded) ice breaker (wahhh…wahhhh…wahhh…), which turned out to be the highlight.  Sitting in a room surrounded by so many individuals who have a connection to Tufts and feeling the energy from all of us as determined runners with the same goals in mind was mind blowing.  It reminded me how quickly life can change and how grateful I am for every moment we are given.  It reinforced that you just never know what other people around you might be dealing with in life OR what they may have accomplished in life.  I am so proud to say that we have team members running for their young children fighting Leukemia and others for their Dad, just like me.  There are nurses and physicians on our team.  One member averages 150 miles a week running (WHAT!!!), another has completed a marathon in all 50 states, and still another has run over 100 marathons in her lifetime.  I am one lucky lady to be part of such an amazing team of people!

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Finally, last night I held my first true fundraising event at Thrive Wellness here in Amherst, NH.  A huge thank you to Melissa and Melinda who own Thrive Wellness for allowing me to hold my event there and for letting my good friend, yogi, and instructor in training, Victoria (visit her at Shush Yoga), lead the class!  We had a great turnout and Victoria was just outstanding as our instructor.  She has this quality of relaxing people simply through her words (and yes, the British accent helps).  Her opening words actually brought me to shed a few tears as I hid in the back of the room.  I had this moment of just feeling outright relief that my Dad is alive and well and feeling gratitude for all of the friends that joined me at this event to help support such a great cause that I believe in wholeheartedly.  IT.  WAS.  AWESOME.  We all enjoyed a wonderful class and then headed downstairs for the raffles!  Thanks to nuun, Honey Stinger, Fitletic, Momentum, Thrive Wellness, BondiBands, Arctic Ease, and Sweaty Bands for the awesome prizes!  Together we raised another $250 for Tufts Medical Center and had so much fun doing it!

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Even though the week was jam packed, I wouldn’t change a thing.  My long run was finished early this morning with my rockstar crew and now I am looking forward to a relaxing day in the snow with my family.

Here’s to a wonderful weekend and an amazing week ahead!

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Enter For Your Chance to Win a Beach Vacation!

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As I fundraise for Team Tufts Medical Center and make this journey to Boston, I will be offering raffle tickets for the chance to win a long weekend at my family’s home in York Beach, Maine.  Only 20 raffle tickets will be sold for $100 each.  100% of these proceeds will be donated to Tufts Medical Center toward my journey to Boston! Simply make your donation of $100 via my page atwww.teamtuftsmc.org/heathersweeney AND message me directly at heathersweeney1979@gmail.com to confirm your ticket(s).

Here is a listing to the home for full details and photos.
https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3756128

There is a 1/20 chance of winning a beautiful vacation with family and/or friends as the house sleeps 16! It is fully equipped for little ones, has ocean views, is 1/2 mile from the famous Nubble Light House, 1/2 mile from Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches, has an outdoor gas fireplace that is so relaxing, two outdoor grills, outdoor shower, and so much more! Linens and towels are provided. The house typically rents for $5,000 a week during peak season.

Tickets will be sold from 1/6/16 through 2/6/16. Winner will be drawn and notified on Sunday, 2/7/16. Winner can choose to vacation during one of the following timeframes: 6/3/16-6/6/16 OR 6/10/16-6/13/16 OR Columbus Day Weekend (10/7/16 – 10/10/16)

Please feel free to share with others that may be interested. This is a great chance to win with the odds being 1/20!

Best of luck to you and THANK YOU for your support!