Charity auction, Giving Tuesday, Team for Kids

Team for Kids Charity Auction, take 2

Ok guys, the charity auction is over but I still have some leftover awesome items!!! So, here comes Charity Auction, take 2!

100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to support Team For Kids and their effort to provide free or low cost health/running programs for school age children across the United States.

So how does this work? First, read the rules post here.
– Second, find something you like and place your bid!
– Email me at with your bid amount and which lot you are bidding on. I will post the highest bid below the lot and update as I get more bids so keep checking back!
– Want to outbid someone? Remember, each bid must be at least $10 more than the previous bids.
What happens when you win? I will email the winners and you will have 24 hours to make your donation in the correct amount to my Team For Kids page!

The auction will end on 6/12/2017 at 8:00pm!

Mother runner package

  • Tales from Another Mother Runner (signed) + Train Like A Mother sticker + Badass Mother Runner sweaty band (color may vary) ($30 value)
  • $15 Road ID gift card
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a

Safety package 1 

  • WearSafe pod (white)+ 1 year of service ($72 value!)
  • $15 Road ID gift card
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a

Safety package 2 

  • WearSafe pod (gray)+ 1 year of service ($72 value!)
  • $15 Road ID gift card
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a



  • 2 10-count boxes of SOS Rehydrate ($40 value)
  • SOS Rehydrate bottle ($10 value)
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a


  • Trigger Point prize package: GRID foam roller, MB1 Massage Ball, & NANO foot roller ($80 value)
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a

Snack bonanza 1

  • Bakery on Main granola bar sampler ($50 value)
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a

Snack bonanza 2

  • Bakery on Main granola snack pack sampler – 1 oz packages ($65 value)
  • Starting bid: $25
  • Current winning bid: n/a
Giving Tuesday, Team for Kids

Giving Tuesday: charity auction spotlight and thoughts about the Boston Marathon!

Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday! I’m linking up with Marcia and Kooky Runner today.

T-minus 6 days to Charity Auction Day!

Which brings me to my first charity auction spotlight: WearSafe

Why is WearSafe awesome?

1. I feel safe. That says a lot.

2. All you need is an app and the tag. I rarely run alone without my phone so remembering one extra piece really is not a big deal.

3. It was created in my home state of Connecticut! So a little bias there, but definitely still the bomb dot com.

4. Again with the bias, but as an audiologist I LOVED LOVED LOVED this case study done at the American School for the Deaf. If you’re looking to nerd out, read it here. Sure, I’ll definitely wear it running and but I love knowing that I’m supporting a company with a conscience.

First impression: cute packaging!
Small, light, and discreet
Easy to pair and set up with the app!

Cool specs:
-Water resistant
-Bluetooth connection for up to a 200 foot radius from phone
-Long battery life and easy to change battery
-Clip to a keychain, wear on a lanyard, or clip it to a sports bra/waistband
-Real time feedback with the ability to create your own networks
-Share medical information
-Send alerts with location and audio

Bottom line? I love it. Not just for running, but for walking to the bus in the pre-dawn morning hours and for biking to yoga after sunset. Of course, no device will stop crazies from being crazies so I still try to be aware of my surroundings. But it’s nice to know that I have one extra layer of protection. And I know that when I’m out on the road for hours during marathon training, sometimes miles away from home, I’ll have an extra little safety net to rely on for peace of mind.

{Shameless plug: WearSafe was generous to donate 2 tags complete with a 1 year subscription to the charity auction…don’t miss out!}

We are *also* less than a week out from Marathon Monday! Most people, even non-runners, know that the Boston Marathon is a big effing deal. As a born and raised New Englander, I’ve always been pretty obsessed. And I’m not going to lie, now that I’m living in the South I’m even more obsessed. Because nostalgia. I have a long way to go but my big pre-30 goal is to qualify. Just admitting that is scary but exciting!

Boston is the best because…of the history of the race. The course has been graced by so many amazing runners

Boston is the best because…of Katherine Switzer. Paving the way for women runners everywhere.

Boston is the best because…of the city. Beautiful, scenic, and literally just the best.

Boston is the best because…of the spectators. Can you say dedicated?

Are you obsessed with Boston? 

Song of the day! Of course…The State of Massachusetts by the Dropkick Murphys

Happy Tuesday friends!

♥ Nicole

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Giving Tuesday: Tunes, & Charity auction update


Good morning, y’all. Happy Tuesday? Yep, Happy Tuesday. I’m linking up with Marcia and Kooky Runner today!

Yesterday was a TOUGH day at work. Can I just sleep through the rest of this week please? Since I can’t, I made myself a “pump up playlist” so I can make it through the rest of the week without needing to cart a bottle of wine around with me. Ha.

Check it out here (on Spotify).

My all time favorite song on that playlist?

Do you run with music? Sometimes I’m all about music, sometimes I’m all about podcasts.

I am also SO incredibly excited about what I will be able to offer during the charity auction you guys! The running community is such an amazing group of people, I can’t even.

Look forward to awesome offerings from:

And there’s more coming down the pipeline so stay tuned!!!

♥ Nicole

Giving Tuesday, Team for Kids

Giving Tuesday: Bringing communities together

You guys, this is why I’m Running for Team For Kids.

Not because I get automatic entry into the New York City Marathon (although that is a definite perk).

Not because I get anything for free (I still will pay the full registration fee + airfare + hotels).

Not because it makes me “look good”.

But because Team For Kids helps to bring communities together, inspire goal setting, and boost self esteem of children across the country.

I work at a pediatric hospital and, day in and day out, I see how much an impact a child’s daily environment makes on their healing and happiness. So why not doing something to ensure that the community and support system is strong?

💗 Nicole

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Giving Tuesday: Fundraising Update

You guys, fundraising is harder than I anticipated. I feel like a total newb admitting that because obviously asking people for money is difficult. And coming up with creative ways to fundraise is quite challenging.

Duh, right?

My progress so far:


What I’ve done to get to this point:

– Donated to myself! $100 to kick off the fundraiser

– Hit up my closest family and friends. So far only a smattering of them have donated so far

– Sent 5 fundraising letters as a “pilot”. I have a huge list of future senders but wanted to get an idea of how effective letters would be.

– Facebook and Instagram…lots of likes

– Started sending emails to local businesses (just one as of now)

So what now?

What would motivate you to donate?! Being able to dedicate a mile to someone? Getting your name on my race day bib? Getting to pick an aspect of my race outfit or picking songs on my training playlist? Or would you want something homemade in return for a donation?

You tell me!!!

💗 Nicole

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Giving Tuesday


Team for Kids is more than about running.


NYRR awarded $44,225 worth of books to 378 Mighty Milers sites who ran more than 789,000  miles towards new books as part of NYRR’s Miles for Books initiative.

“Running helps in the classroom because you get all of your exercise, and then you can focus on your paper or your education.” – Mariciana, 9

“Mighty Milers and Young Runners has been a rallying point at our school. The entire school is involved in every step from picking out the music to counting the laps and helping each other reach their goals. I can’t say enough about the program. It’s my favorite part of the day!” –  Kyra Wolfe, 35, coach and teacher, P.S. 686

I am so excited to have the opportunity to fundraise for such a worthy cause. It’s easy for people to “brush off” a charity that raises money for “just sports” but Team For Kids is so, so much more. It’s a charity that invests in our future doctors, lawyers, and leaders. And it teaches children that they are more than where they grew up or what their parents can/cannot afford.

♥ Nicole