Operation Jack

During the winter of 2009, I found myself wrapped up in running blogs. Danica at Chic Runner and Sarah at SkinnyRunner amazed me with the amount of miles they covered during the course of a week. Mileage totals I had never ran in my life they were running in 7 days. I was inspired. I set my sights on Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio (the full, but I later downgraded to the half due to an injury) in November 2010.

At the end of January, I discovered a post on Danica’s page talking about Operation Jack and it’s founder, Sam Felsenfeld. Sam is attempting to run at least 1 marathon a week (61 total for the year) to raise Autism awareness. His son Jack was diagnosed with Autism just after he turned 3 years old. He hopes his 2010 year of marathons will help raise money for autism research as well as awareness across the country. He has just 10 marathons left this year to reach 61. Check out these posts to see how he went from couch to marathoner:

Where I Come From

From Unable to Run a Mile to a Full Marathon in 18 Months: Not as Unrealistic as You’d Think

Why I Think Couch to 26.2 is a Reasonable Goal

And then also, he posted another one today after I asked him via Twitter what his pace used to be like before he started BQing like nobody’s business:

The Secret of My Success

One of the races he is participating in is the RnR San Antonio next month. I created the team “Your Pace or Mine” and set up a donation page. Unfortunately, neither of my teammates are going to be joining me, so I will be flyin’ solo – running for Operation Jack! If you would like to make a donation to my team, I would greatly appreciate it! $1, $5, $10 – whatever you can! Fundraising really isn’t my forte; I feel awful asking people for money, especially with the economy the way that it is. Any little bit helps though 🙂 thank you in advance if you do donate! It’s really for a great cause.

Don’t forget to check out Sam’s blog to watch his progress, and if you’re on Twitter, you can follow him at @operationjack.

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  1. Wow, this is certainly a pleasant surprise. I’ll definitely make sure to catch up with you at some point in San Antonio. Just bought my plane tickets last night.

  2. Done 🙂

    And Melissa – would you have any interest in sharing a room Saturday night? Feel free to tell me heck no since we don’t know each other, but just thought I’d throw it out there 🙂

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