Lauren's fundraising page for Parkinson's Research

Wow ! Thanks everyone for your support. I met my Fundraising goal for Team Fox !


Why I run for TeamFox ?

This will be my 5th marathon running with Team Fox and fundraising for Parkinson's research and my 10th marathon. It's a special year for a few reasons. My dear friend and mentor Paula came to Paris with her daughter this year. It was a rare pleasure to see her in this neck of the woods and enjoy a glass of wine and something chocolate. As Paula inspired me to reach out to Team Fox when I first started running for charity, I was eager to get her point of view on the association and how she benefits from what they do. There are any number of approachs to tackling reasearch of this nature, but the funding strategy for MJF is to accelerate the best ideas in PD research and refine that research around the therapeutic needs of patients.

Paula continues to be my inspiration for a countless number of kilometers in preparation for each race. Running for Team Fox has brought me in contact with special people who know the disease first hand. The 2014 Team Fox community is an amazing group of individuals. I run to help accellerate treatments that are ever improving via research... I run to help make a difference in their lives...

And thanks to all of you, what started as a hobby, now has a purpose and I thank you for your continued support to raise funds for research over the years. 

Thanks so much for your contribution and your support!



Countdown to Nov 2nd 2014

Mon Oct 27th : Well it's been a little rock n roll this past week. Took it easy at the beginning of the week to let my body recover while getting in two good interval workouts, and a quarterly business review. But Thursday my ankle felt weird. Ice, Aleve... still weird on Friday. Panic sets in. My Osteo is in London. Hodha saves me by getting an appt with her Kiné for 7h40 Monday morning. Now I just need to survive the weekend. Saturday SOS medcins thinking I could at least get an xray to eliminate the possibility of a stress fracture. Dr Grumpy said it was a lost cause and left me in tears. Wolf helps me make it through the day and massages my foot. Miracle ! The bar is gone... just a little sore. Sunday more of the same - just rest and a little soreness. This morning the Kiné did his magic and said that all is ok. So. we shall see... the roller coaster continues... could be worse. If my body is game, gotta get my head in the game !

Monday Oct 21st : Last long run. Beautiful weather, knowing a friend is there to meet you half way and the priviledge of seeing Paris wake up are all great motivators. Thank you Anne-Claude !

Mon Oct 13th : While Dr. Lee Pressler was doing the Iron Man of all Iron Man's I was out there running a 20km race and tagging on a couple loops around the Invalides and Champs de Mars to complete my longest run (33km). The race went really well. Anne-Claude came out in sprint form from her Berlin Marathon to run 14km with me. Finished with a personal record of 01:47:51 ! Nothing short of amazing. Brunch and a Cure D juice with Wolf (who supports this crazy hobby everyday) afterwards at the Tourville (fav spot visited with the Rodgers during their recent visit) was a treat!

Mon Oct 6th: Ok the combo of doing new strength training exercises and running a 20km were not compatible. Spent the weekend in Florence hobbling. Good thing there are a lot of cobble stones so no one noticed. Got some rest in preparation for my longest run next week so we shall see.

Mon Sept 29th : Congrats to Anne-Claude for her 2nd Marathon Finish in Berlin this weekend ! Looking forward to running NY with her next year !!! Busy weekend with the Rodgers who brought some superb weather to Paris ! 3 museums (special thanks to Sarah and Jean-Pierre for meeting us), a walking Tour of Monmartre and a PR in the Paris Versailles race 16km in 1:30:55 ! This week I've got my longest run... 32KM. Ted thank you so much for your contribution !

Mon Sept 22th : Got in two good sessions with Anne-Claude who is off to Berlin this week for Marathon #2 ! She's ready ! Go Go Go !!! I'm cutting back to 50KM and trying to sleep/eat better to regain some energy. Phantom in my leg has re-appeared probably because I thought strength training would be a good idea... my leg isn't sure about that theory.

Mon Sept 15th : Got one of my longest runs on the books. 30KM to Versailles and back. Maintaining at 65KM. Early for a 30KM but, following a new program with NYRR. We shall see.

Mon Sept 8th : Finished a big week of training. Got some good fast runs in (10km in 53 min which is my "YIPPEE" pace) and a hard long run (26KM in 2h33 which is my "GET IT DONE" pace). 75KM for the week which is way up there for me.


This is what I wrote after the NYC 2013 marathon !!! Sunday Nov 3rd 2013 : Epic ! Extra strength security with a smile, volunteers going beyond the call of duty, super charged spectators... so many efforts to make this year a safe and memorable race. AND IT WAS !  Started out faster than usual, but just went with the flow... shaved off up to 15 min from my usual pace... and did my best to maintain the pace through 30km... did pretty well and knew I would pay for it sometime, but figured I'd play roulette and give it my all to get under 4h @ 40... I was so relieved to make it to the Team Fox hang out by the park. Seeing them saved me from the wall... seriously... the last 7km were tough. I thought of everyone who had supported me through training, my mom and Cintra only a couple km away and I made a deal with my legs that they could take a LONG rest if they could just get me past the finish line. I made it in 3:57:42 ten minutes under my previous record. I gave everything I had... and cried until a lovely volunteer said "oh honey, congratulations, you did it !" Thanks everyone for such a great ride ! Could not have been done - literally without your support !