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Gah! Love this new app. 

(Cc: @Over) #instarunners #running #madewithOver (at Astoria Park)

Gah! Love this new app.

(Cc: @Over) #instarunners #running #madewithOver (at Astoria Park)

1 year ago
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I’m kind of a big deal.

I’m kind of a big deal.

1 year ago
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One more then I’ll go back to flooding your feed with food pics!

#running #nyrr #nyc #superbowl #niners #49ers #gridironclassic (at The Snakehole Lounge)

One more then I’ll go back to flooding your feed with food pics!

#running #nyrr #nyc #superbowl #niners #49ers #gridironclassic (at The Snakehole Lounge)

1 year ago
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SUNDAYSUNDAYSUNDAY!!
#running #nyc #nyrr

SUNDAYSUNDAYSUNDAY!!
#running #nyc #nyrr

1 year ago
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Morning vacation run. 4 miles plus 1 mile of sprints. {Day 20: Work/play}. #fmsphotoaday #pleasanton #running #run (at Arroyo Creek)

Morning vacation run. 4 miles plus 1 mile of sprints. {Day 20: Work/play}. #fmsphotoaday #pleasanton #running #run (at Arroyo Creek)

1 year ago
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August 2011: I took my first @instagram photo of the race bib for my very first 5k.

March 2013: I’ll run my third 5k and third @nyrr race of 2013 (with 6+ more to go this year!)

#WHPfirstphotoredo #running #nyrr #coogans5k

August 2011: I took my first @instagram photo of the race bib for my very first 5k.

March 2013: I’ll run my third 5k and third @nyrr race of 2013 (with 6+ more to go this year!)

#WHPfirstphotoredo #running #nyrr #coogans5k

1 year ago
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Post-race bagels done right! 
#running #nyrr #nyc #astoria  (at Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co.)

Post-race bagels done right!
#running #nyrr #nyc #astoria (at Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co.)

1 year ago
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So I’m running my first half marathon…

I am very happy to announce that I will be running my first half marathon ever! The 2013 More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon will take place in Central Park on April 14th. YAY! I am nervous but extremely excited.

This being my first half, I wanted to participate fully in all aspects of the race, including fundraising. While there is no requirement for it for this race, participants still have an opportunity to support a charity if we so desire.

Often times with these sorts of events, the organizations that are chosen are large, national, easily recognizable (and research-able) entities like the American Red Cross or Feeding America. This race’s preferred charity, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, while perhaps lesser-known, is actually one I had come across a few months ago while watching an episode of “CBS Sunday Morning.” I immediately fell in love with their story and their work.

Founded in 1988 by the late Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. The Camp helps children battling cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDs and other serious illnesses to fight isolation and fear with fun, friendship and joy.

The Camp served 288 children in its first summer. In 2013, through Camp programs, year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics and ongoing services, the Camp will serve more than 20,000 children and families thanks to the generosity of friends like you. (While they do received a small portion of their operating budget from the Newman’s Own Foundation, they still need community support to keep their services free.)

I have until April 1st to reach my initial fundraising goal of $500, and if you could toss in a few pennies, I’d greatly appreciate it! (Of course it’s okay if you can’t!) I promise I won’t bug you for race donations again…until 2014 when I run the NYC/ING Marathon. :)

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

> Donate Here Please and Thank You <

PS Full disclosure: I recently found out that if I get all the way to $2500, I get a complimentary yoga stretch class with Hilaria Thomas Baldwin (aka Alec Baldwin’s wife)!! LET’S MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY!

1 year ago
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Why you should help my friend Matt raise money for Parkinson's...

My friend Matt is awesome. My friend Matt is the kind of guy everyone likes to be friends with. He’s incredibly smart, hardworking, kind, funny, thoughtful, and an all-around cool dude. (He’s also a Mets fan, which makes him even more super awesome in my book.) My friend Matt is also a runner, and he’ll be running the ING this fall and fundraising for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Here’s his story:

In memory of my dad

Twenty five years ago this year, my dad ran a sub-4 hour marathon, the last of his four marathons.

I don’t remember my dad as a runner — in fact for most of my childhood, I remember him as a big bellied, jovial man. By the time I was in college, that started to change. The belly shrunk, and while his humor remained, the smile was often replaced with a little bit of a blank stare. Now, some would call this getting old, but I knew something was different.  

In 2003, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I took this as an opportunity to truly understand my father and to get to share experiences with him, from a weekend at Fenway Park (unfortunately, but expectedly watching our Mets lose) to eating turkey while watching the Giants play on Thanksgiving Day, to helping him pick out a new coat, to helping him put his coat on, I knew my opportunities with my dad were limited.

In late 2009, after I had just returned from a long work trip the day before, I got the call from my mom. I had imagined it so differently. He’d be sick first — I’d get a chance to say goodbye. I was alone in my apartment in Philadelphia — I could not conceive making the 2 hour trip back to New York alone. Those were the longest two hours of my life. We buried my dad the next day.

Early the next year, my good friend Jason Levine convinced me to join him in his quest to run the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia. Having never run more than four miles, I signed up with hesitation… I ran slowly, but knew my dad would get me through the race. A year and a half later, I crossed the finish line of the Philadelphia Marathon in 3:53:57. The ribbon from my dad’s marathon metal was pinned to my shorts.

This year, in memory of my dad, in celebration of my thirtieth birthday, and in support of Parkinson’s patients and their families, I am running on Team Fox in the New York Marathon.  Below is more detail on the mission of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  Your contribution is extremely appreciated.

I miss you, dad.  This is for you.

1 year ago
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