Mar 252014
 

I did it! I finished. I ran 26.2 miles on March 9, 2014 in the Los Angeles Marathon. Pinch. Me. I couldn’t believe it was happening then and two weeks later, I still can’t believe it. It was one of the hardest goals I’ve ever worked for so of course it came with the biggest sense of accomplishment. I was high after crossing that finish line. Completely high. So, I wanted to wrap up the experience with a final Thank You to the oh so many individuals out there that came forward to help, to listen, donate and to cheer.

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To the {jcp} running team-

Together we brought in a total of $8,429.40 in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and then, ran like hell. You guys are amazing, always inspiring and I can’t wait to run with you again.

To our donators-

My mantra during this journey was “every amount helps, donate what you can and know that every amount helps” and so we had donations starting at $5.00 and up to $500.00. Collectively, we were able to soar high over our original goal of $3000.00. We doubled it and nearly tripled it and it’s all due to the collective attention that our donators brought to it. It’s because of your generosity that we were able to help St. Jude achieve their goal of $100,000.00 for this #LAMarathon. Whoop Whoop!!

To my Soundtrack Contributors-

You have no idea. The tunes you provided for me and the beautiful messages that accompanied them, helped to carry my feet when I thought they could no longer go on. And the creativity behind the choices- “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne and “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. Brilliant. (I have some clever friends). They kept me happy, laughing and moving. Thank you so much.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot say it enough. This experience was such a sweet ride.

Mar 062014
 

It’s finally here… The Los Angeles Marathon 2014! I can’t believe it. I’ve spent seven months in training, went through six pairs of running shoes and ran a total of 348 miles; the equivalent to running to San Francisco from Los Angeles! I never used to think of myself as a runner but feel I’ve now earned my stripes. I cannot wait to do this and am so proud to be doing it alongside two of the coolest cats that have ever graced my path- my husband Joe and my good friend Nadim. On Sunday, we’ll be representing St Jude Children’s Hospital, the families that they aid and the many individuals that donated, allowing us to reach our goal and run with purpose.

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It’s interesting, when I first started, I was given a myriad of opinions. Strong opinions. I didn’t ask for them. My mind was already set but I listened. I get it. It’s human to worry. The whole project was a lofty one and totally out of our norm. I made sure to do my research, found the right training/eating plan and scheduled a few appointments with specialists in order to add a professional outlook to that list of opinions. After that, any little black cloud that tried to push it’s way into my game plan was simply used for fuel. When they rained, I pursued it with greater confidence, stronger legs and insatiable endurance. Over time, I found my group of supporters and not just through donations but through words, gestures. In a journey like this, your true believers; your true friends and family are the ones who cheer you on no matter the odds and help you up when you’re completely exhausted. I could not have done it without them. That encouragement was priceless. Today I am proud to state that my team and I have succeeded in raising over $8000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I’m up to eighteen miles in distance. Sunday will cap me out at the well-known 26.2. So a whole lot of good came out of this!  Which, reminds me of a quote I came across recently…

“Only those who will risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” -TS Eliot

You never know until you try so…. Let’s Do This!!!!!! Keep an eye out for BIB# 11456!

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Of course, I being who I am, scheduled a photo shoot for my team, in order to represent St. Jude and have a little fun in the meantime. I went HDR with this one. Unfortunately Nadim couldn’t make it but he was there in spirit. PS: How completely awesome are my mans compression socks?… That was rhetorical of course. Sexeeee! Love ya babe.
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& Big buckets of love out to Andrea, our Los Angles St. Jude representative. She’s been nothing but pure love and encouragement the entire way. Thank you Andrea!
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26.2 miles, cancer awareness, fundraising, los angeles marathon, 2014, non profit, st jude children's research hospital, goals, pushing through
26.2 miles, cancer awareness, fundraising, los angeles marathon, 2014, non profit, st jude children's research hospital, goals, pushing through
Nov 152013
 

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Dear Readers,

I am so very proud to state that my husband and I, along with our team of amazing runners, will be running the LA Marathon on March 9th 2014. That’s right, 26.2 miles! What?!!! Yep, it’s been on my bucket list for awhile & I’m doing it! I’m so completely excited and scared and excited… (& scared). You get the idea. It’s a huge leap for me but I’m doing it! Alongside this 26.2 mile long goal of scary delight, we have also decided to run for St. Jude children’s research hospital, in order to help the foundation raise money to further their research and continue on with their policy, “no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.” St. Jude’s has been near and dear to my heart for years. I feel close to their cause and feel proud to be running in their name.

I will also be running with two specific children in mind- Sophie (the warrior Princess) who was diagnosed with a rare Optic Pathway Glioma brain tumor on June 23rd, 2013 at the age of 8 1/2 months old. She is, in every sense of the word, a warrior and continues her fight every day. I also run in loving memory of Iron Hunter, who lost his fight with AML leukemia at the age of three. He remains one of the bravest lil dudes I have ever met as well as one of the best dancers. I run for them. I run for their bad-ass families and I run for more research! I strongly believe in our team and our individual goal of $2,000.00, per runner. I know we can do it. That being said, we need your help.
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Please take a moment to look over our St. Jude fundraising page. It would then be wicked awesome if you could give us a pledge and even maybe, spread the word. Any amount helps us to attain our goal, to further research and help save little lives. If you would like to read more about St. Jude, you can check them out HERE. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me anytime at: info@jencastlephotography.com and for more updates or to communicate with us daily, please go to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jcpmarathon
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If you’re like, “Enough of this, I’m ready to give!” Please go here:   My St. Jude Fundraising Page.
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& Thank you!
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xoxoxo
-Jen Castle