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8/22/12 9:35 A

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Thanks ErniesMom! I appreciate the info. emoticon

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2011 RACES
08/13/2011Ovarian Cancer Run 5K
10/1/2011 JAX USMC Half
11/5/2011 Kings Bay 5K
11/11/2011 Fisher House 5K

2012 RACE SCHEDULE
03/17/2012 Shamrock Scamper
3/24/2012 Scope it Out
5/30/2012 Freedom 8k
7/4/2012 Melon Miler 5k
10/6/2012 Jax USMC Half
11/18/2012 Women's Running Mag 5k


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8/21/12 1:55 P

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Hi,

I don't have direct experience with participating in TNT, but I have been in several events with their team. They have an awesome day-of-event support team! I've done three WDW halfs and the Philly Broad Street run with many TNT groups represented. Their coaches run back and forth over the course to check on all TNT "runners". They were there with encouragement and help the entire way.

I've looked into participating, but I have a very small circle of friends, family and work to ask to aid in fundraising. I have done some fund-raising for MS, LiveStrong and the ADA and some of their fundraising tools include emails, facebook and other social network tools to ask for contributions. Not only does this aid the organization, but this lets friens, family and coworkers know what you are doing and what causes you are interested in.

Good Luck!



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LBLAN2001's Photo LBLAN2001 Posts: 90
8/21/12 9:35 A

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PASTAFARIAN - There are several issues with your opinion.
1. You don't know my financial or family situation and for you to tell me to take a 2nd job (if one could be found because I live pretty far out in the country) in this economy and then donate the earned money would be stupid on my part.

2. You also wrote as if I had limited running experience...not sure but I think running 20-25 miles a week for about 3 years and doing 12-15 5k's a year for those 3 years would not be called limited.

3. Also, their group runs are with trained coaches for 4-6 months before an event. I would be using their online system mainly for accountability and motivation because their closest group run is 2.5 hours away from me.

You sound almost as if you have a problem with this organization and while yes, I was soliciting opinions, I was not looking for an attack on me or the organization. But thank you for your response.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

2011 RACES
08/13/2011Ovarian Cancer Run 5K
10/1/2011 JAX USMC Half
11/5/2011 Kings Bay 5K
11/11/2011 Fisher House 5K

2012 RACE SCHEDULE
03/17/2012 Shamrock Scamper
3/24/2012 Scope it Out
5/30/2012 Freedom 8k
7/4/2012 Melon Miler 5k
10/6/2012 Jax USMC Half
11/18/2012 Women's Running Mag 5k


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8/20/12 11:11 P

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I think that hitting up your friends and family for donations is at odds with the idea that you are giving. Yes, I know it's called fundraising but doesn't it make more sense to donate your own money rather than asking others to donate? If necessary, in the time it would take you to hit up others, take a 2nd job, earn some money, and donate that. It may be less money, but you'll appreciate it more.

In fact, TIT requires that if you don't meet your "minimum" by asking others, TIT will thoughtfully charge your credit card for the rest. That's a conflict of interest if I ever heard one!

I also think that getting people to run marathons or HMs with limited prior running experience is a very poor idea. Yes, you can do it but it's a poor idea for so many reasons. I'd love to see TIT's statistics of injuries and how many participants continue to compete vs never do the distance again. I've never seen the statistics released.

Don't get me wrong - I think it's a wonderful thing to run for someone, for a cure, etc. But I think it makes more sense to train first and then once you are properly trained, know your limits, have experience with injury and avoiding it, etc, only then does it make sense to run for a cause.

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LBLAN2001's Photo LBLAN2001 Posts: 90
8/20/12 4:56 P

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I live in the country at least an hour away from the nearest large town. Jacksonville or Orlando are 2.5-3 hours away from me in Florida. We don't really have a local running store. Only a Hibbitts Sporting Goods, but they're more into football, baseball, etc. TNT flex has online training apps, coaching, etc. If you meet your fundraising goal then they also pay for travel, hotel and most of the registration to the event. Like the Disney races, there is one in St. Petersburg-Florida, Arizona or Hawaii.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

2011 RACES
08/13/2011Ovarian Cancer Run 5K
10/1/2011 JAX USMC Half
11/5/2011 Kings Bay 5K
11/11/2011 Fisher House 5K

2012 RACE SCHEDULE
03/17/2012 Shamrock Scamper
3/24/2012 Scope it Out
5/30/2012 Freedom 8k
7/4/2012 Melon Miler 5k
10/6/2012 Jax USMC Half
11/18/2012 Women's Running Mag 5k


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8/20/12 4:39 P

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I've heard great things about TNT, but didn't join because there was a different team closer to my home. Are there any other team opportunities near you? Your local running store may have one or know where the local ones are. Many Fleet Feet stores have teams, and I imagine others do, too.

I love being on a real world team, and if I want a virtual team, I just come here to Spark. What will the flex deal with TNT give you that makes it feel like the right choice?

It's hard to beat a person that never gives up. ~Babe Ruth

Never stop exploring. ~Dean Karnazes


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LBLAN2001's Photo LBLAN2001 Posts: 90
8/20/12 1:58 P

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Thank you both so much for your comments. My runs so far have only been for charity usually for the military (I was a Airforce brat for 20 years and my son is serving in the Marines) and Cancer runs. My uncle died from Leukemia when I was in my teens so I thought it would be nice to dedicate this race to him.

I've been off from running for two months due to a long overdue family vacation and a severe bout with strep/bronchitis. I've been looking for motivation to train for another half marathon instead of a 5k. My first half last year was the Marine Corp Half for my son. With the TNT Flex program, I would still be training on my own but having some accountability and a goal to reach for. I have a wide circle of friends, family & co-workers so I could probably at least hit the minimum fundraising amount without them having to donate more than $10-20 each and I feel that it would be for a great cause.

I guess I'll attend their conference call tomorrow night to get a feel about how much they require and their expectations, etc. It may depend on what expenses they have to give to what is the fundraising amount. I live within 3 hours of Disney so no airfare just hotel and the discounted cost of the race registration. I don't know if I would ever be able to afford Disney otherwise as their races are a little pricey.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

2011 RACES
08/13/2011Ovarian Cancer Run 5K
10/1/2011 JAX USMC Half
11/5/2011 Kings Bay 5K
11/11/2011 Fisher House 5K

2012 RACE SCHEDULE
03/17/2012 Shamrock Scamper
3/24/2012 Scope it Out
5/30/2012 Freedom 8k
7/4/2012 Melon Miler 5k
10/6/2012 Jax USMC Half
11/18/2012 Women's Running Mag 5k


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8/20/12 12:05 P

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I have never worked with TNT, but from the noise I hear when their runners pass, they have great support. I also see groups running around some of the areas that I run and it looks like there are several small groups of 2-4 runners all going at different paces. Speed is certainly not an issue with the group.

I guess you need to ask yourself what you want to get out of joining the group. Are you looking to increase your speed, do you need motivation or someone to be accountable to, or is there someone that you know who has or had the disease? What are your expectations from the Flex program?

At one time I looked into TNT, but the fundraising requirements were too high, and I don't like to press my friends and family for money. I knew I would not be able to come up with the amount they wanted from my personal funds, so I found a local coach who did weekly group runs and found free training plans on the internet and from books.

I am not poo-pooing TNT. I'm just saying for me personally it was too expensive. Plus I live in an area that's kind of off the beaten trail, and it's easier for me just to go out the door and run by myself than to drive 1/2 hour to meet a group, get all sweaty and then drive 1/2 hour back home.

-Carolyn

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8/20/12 11:57 A

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i dont have an experienced opinion to offer since i have never participated but i wish you the very best and i have really wanted to do what you are considering but there is not a chapter for hundreds of miles.. :(

best of luck to you and thank you for considering a worthy cause.











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8/20/12 11:30 A

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I've been thinking about joining Team in Training for the WDW Half in January and would like everyone's advice, comments, etc. Have you heard about the program? Been a part of it? If so, how was your experience and would you do it again?

My concerns are that I can meet the fundraising goal and the training goal. There is not a local section near me so I would be doing their Flex program via online/email, etc.

Some background...I'm a slow run/walker at about a 13 minute pace. I've done this for several years and competed in 20-25 5k's and my first Half marathon last year where I finished in a little over 3 hours.

Any info or opinion is welcome...thanks!

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)

2011 RACES
08/13/2011Ovarian Cancer Run 5K
10/1/2011 JAX USMC Half
11/5/2011 Kings Bay 5K
11/11/2011 Fisher House 5K

2012 RACE SCHEDULE
03/17/2012 Shamrock Scamper
3/24/2012 Scope it Out
5/30/2012 Freedom 8k
7/4/2012 Melon Miler 5k
10/6/2012 Jax USMC Half
11/18/2012 Women's Running Mag 5k


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