It’s been a pretty action-packed holiday week for me, and I’m sure many of you. I’ve been doing a lot of running. Last week was a 43-mile week. But I have more exciting news than that!

Yesterday Jack signed up to run the Tower of Terror 10-Miler with me.You heard it here first. I’m PRETTY EXCITED.  For your viewing pleasure here is a picture of the Tower of Terror, the race’s namesake and one of the rides we’ll be riding after we finish!

I signed up for this race as soon as registration opened, but recently we’ve both been doing the family Runner’s World Run Streak…something like 42 days and counting. And this race. You guys, this race. You get a finisher medal with a little elevator that goes up and down just like the Tower of Terror ride. And it starts at 10:00 p.m. And it’s on Jack’s birthday weekend. Could it be any more perfect? No.

Basically, this is going to be awesome, and it’s also going to be a huge accomplishment for my dear husband, who is understandably a bit nervous about this undertaking. I plan to run with him, although when I told him this he said, “No. You run by yourself so you can run fast and do well.” And I told him that there’s no way I’m going to be busting out a speedy 10-miler in the Florida heat at 10:00 at night, particularly if he’s also running the race. In this case there is no point in trying to compete. It’s all about the cool medal. And the Disney Villains. And riding the rides at the after party.

It’s also about something else as well. While I run a lot of races (and Jack occasionally joins me) that support different charities, it’s not often that one of us signs up with a charity team. For this race (which will be his longest race ever) Jack is participating with Autism Speaks.

According to its website, Autism Speaks is an organization that is  ”dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.”

I can get behind that.

So, here’s what we’re trying to do (“we” because, you know, married people are a team, and this was my idea in the first place): meet Jack’s fundraising goal by September 22nd (of this year). The goal? $750. 

We’ve already donated $100 toward the cause (lest you think that we’d let our friends and family and Internet acquaintances do all the work) and now we’re trying to get the word out there so that anyone who is interested can chip in.


If you’re so inclined, here’s how to donate:

1. Go to Jack’s donation page at There you will see a cute picture of him and and a small bit of info about his plan to run the race.

2. Enter a donation amount in the box marked “Enter Donation Amount Here.”

3. Click the green “donate now” button.

4. You’ll be prompted to fill in payment info on the next page. When you’re done, click submit. Easy peasy.

If you can’t donate online, there’s a printable donation form available as a PDF here and on Jack’s donation website. You can use it to mail checks directly to Autism Speaks. If you don’t have a printer, contact me and I will print one and mail it to you. Seriously. Additionally, please feel free to share this link and/or blog entry with peeps you know that might be interested.

And, just a side note: all of the money that is donated via the donation website or by mailed check goes directly to Autism Speaks—we don’t handle the money in any way.

Guys, I’m really, really excited about this entire thing. Jack and I have never run a race longer than a 5k together, so I’m sure both the training and racing processes will be new and interesting for both of us. You can expect to see frequent or semi-frequent updates about this over the next couple months. You might even see some guest blogs from the man behind the curtain himself. I will, of course, also post updates as to how the fundraising process is going. Don’t worry, though. I’ll try not to overdo it. And it’ll all be over by September 29 except for race/trip recaps.

So, thank you all in advance for your audienceship on this, one of the greatest running adventures we’ve ever embarked on as a couple. It’s sure to be a wild ride (bahaha…pun intended, the Tower of Terror is ridiculously wild).

Take one, Tower of Terror Training 2012…and, action.

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