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September 5, 2011

Fundraising from Within

 In the past few weeks we have made long term plans for this year's fundraising efforts.  Since we are planning on doing the Las Vegas race in December 4th we need to get some fundraising out of the way but are not starting our serious effort until late-December-- like last year.  

Four of us- myself, Alix Marcus, Brian Teague, and Duncan Payne will be looking to compete in Vegas so that will cost $14,800.  We already have a good amount out of the way from huge early donations.  One idea which is going to be fundraising from within is called "Biggest Loser Intestinal Fortitude Edition."  My father, Stephen Marcus, and our great developer friend, Doug King, are having a competition to see who can lose the most weight.  The loser and winner both have to donate to Intestinal Fortitude but the loser must donate double.  We have another idea that myself, Brian Teague and Duncan Payne have preliminary worked on involving celebrities but I don't want to get into too much detail yet because I am not positive exactly what we will do.

I moved back to New York this week and my sister moved to San Francisco.  New York is pretty good so far and I start my new internship with Permal Finance Group this week.  Classes at Fordham University started last week.  The program I am doing is an exchange program through Stonehill with an internship and two classes.  I have decided I will not be taking the LSAT because I am expecting to be extremely busy doing everything and my brain will be fried.  I'm going to continue running and training for the Hartford marathon though.  The reasoning is because having the LSAT on my plate this semester would just be overwhelming, but the marathon would serve more to be something to look forward to.  I definitely will take the LSAT but I think it will have to wait until at least December and/or February.

In two weekends (the weekend of September 16th), I will be competing in the 200-mile Reach the Beach Relay.  My friend, Stephen Ivanoski, who was supposed to run the Napa-to-Sonoma half-marathon until he got in a bad car crash got me on board for this event. I don't really know much about it, but it's a challenging course in NH, 12-person teams, and at all times somebody is running for one's team.  There are two vans so it is essentially a relay.  I am taking on three pretty challenging legs of 9.5 miles, 7 miles, and 6.5 miles.  This will cover my long-run for that week and I'm sure it will be fun but tough due to a lack of sleep.  I'm looking forward to it as Steve will be there as well as his brother's buddies.

My training this week was pretty good.  I actually started and ended the week with long runs of 2 hours 30 minutes and 2 hours 35 minutes.  The 2:35 one was the most humid day in a while so I was dying.  I did regular 80 or 50 minute runs the rest of the week but also did a workout of 4x5-minute which felt pretty easy.  I haven't done many workouts but the long runs have been good so I'm not too worried.

That's about it for this week.  I'll be back next week.  Bye.

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