Monthly Archives: September 2016

Anything is Possible

schrumpf-2John Schrumpf officially joined Withum 300 at the end of July with the daunting goal of hitting 300 miles in just five months. John not only achieved that quest — he shattered it. As of the end of August, John managed to complete 302 miles, split between the miles he ran in the months of July and August. In this month’s Withum 300 blog, John talks about how he went from struggling to complete a couple of miles to finishing his fourth half marathon:

In the year 1954, on a rainy morning in the city of Oxford, Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes. At the time, this feat was considered impossible by most informed observers. By 2016, thousands of runners have run a mile in under 4 minutes, and the current world record sits at 3:43.13.

While most of us runners will never be able to match Bannister’s accomplishment, there is something that we can all share with him – achieving something that you once thought was impossible.

When I first started running a little over three years ago, running one or two miles was enough to leave my legs sore for days. The thought of running a 5k filled me with dread. Running seven, eight, nine, or (gulp) TEN miles seemed downright impossible. Rather than letting that doubt deter me, I continued running and training the best that I could by taking things one step at a time, and getting better every day. Slowly but surely, I found myself checking off those milestone distances that I once thought were impossible. In fact, I’ve gone above and beyond my original goals. Earlier this month I completed my fourth half marathon.

Through my experience with running, I’ve learned three important lessons about reaching that seemingly impossible goal:

1. Interim goals are important

When I started running, I was often frustrated with how slowly I was progressing. Once I started recognizing smaller improvements as achievements I became much more enthusiastic and optimistic about reaching my ultimate goals. Setting a short term goal of running 10 miles in a week or completing a 5k is a great place to start! As you achieve these interim goals you will feel great about yourself and you will be surprised by all of the progress that you have made.schrumpf-1

2. Embrace the running community

I’ve met people through running that I will be friends with for the rest of my life. We are constantly texting each other words of encouragement, and we run together whenever we have the chance. When I started at Withum just a few months ago, I was thrilled to learn about the Withum 300 group. Having a group of like-minded people to support you along the way is an invaluable resource.

3. Believe in yourself

This is perhaps the most important lesson I learned from running. What makes running such an incredible activity is that it is one of the purest tests of determination and strength of will. When your entire body is tired on that last lap of a run, belief in yourself is the only thing left to keep you going. Once I started trusting and believing in myself, I found that I was running longer distances and taking less days off.

Despite all the pulled muscles and sore legs, becoming a runner has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. I’ve accomplished goals in running that I once thought were impossible. I have grown so much as a person and I will carry these lessons with me through all aspects of my life. Whether your goal is to run a marathon, run 300 miles in a calendar year, or something in between, please remembers that anything is possible if you put your mind to it; Roger Bannister and I are proof.

August 2016 Progress Update

It was another big month, with our Withum 300 running group once again accumulating over 5,000 miles in August. Thirty-six runners have now hit the 300 mile marker and two individuals have already completed over 1,000 miles in 2016! Incredible! As a result of these efforts, the firm’s donation to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund has risen to over $18,000!

We would like to congratulate the following people, who have reached or surpassed the following milestones as of the end of August:

10 Miles:
  • Danielle Atkinson
  • Isabelle Wissocki
  • Amanda Reed-Darby
  • Gabby Romagnuolo
  • Andrew Sariyan
  • Jessica Cicero
25 Miles:
  • Terry Mullen
  • Shannon Metz
  • Sara Crozier
  • Michael Jones
  • Logan Seaman
  • Jasmina Woodson
  • Halston Fernandez
  • Kayla Heaslip
  • Peter Koar
  • John Smith
  • Phil Craft
  • Matthias Burbaum
  • Sandi Altavilla
  • Rebekah Albert
  • Jamie Quinn
  • Bobby Mandetta
  • Taryn Bostjancic
  • Carly Luczak
  • Jessica Cohen
  • Anastasia Noce
  • Jarrod Rhen
  • Steve Wilkin
  • Debbie Santangelo
  • Peter Sullivan
  • Hal Terr
  • Melody Peaten
  • Solomon Feraidoon
75 Miles:
  • Kyle Grunstra
  • Darko Naumoski
  • Nicole Lorenc
  • Susan Murphy
  • Chris DeMayo
  • Gina McAllister
  • Alex Holderbaum
  • Erik Halluska
  • Fran Domitrowski
  • Stephanie Hill
  • Amanda Simanton
  • Diana Cipriano
  • Matt Basilo
100 Miles:
  • Kathy Sikora
  • Lauren Naples
  • Tom Farrell
  • Kevin Baumann
  • Melody Peaten
  • Jennifer Safeer
  • Tanina Khanuja
  • Sean Linde
  • Liz Shullstrom
  • Jeanette Emmons
  • Corie Long
  • Teresa Crabtree
  • Fallon Gray
  • Cathy Bendall
  • John DeAngelo
  • Taka Tanahashi
  • Kirk Holderbaum
  • Steve Yardumian
  • Rob Belmonte
  • Russell Goldberg
  • Robert Schachter
  • Susan Cohn
  • Laura Riso
  • Caroline Neves
  • Denise Inverso
  • Pat Schuman
  • Kristin Hayes
  • Nina Chmura
  • Dan Vitale
  • Christina Rittendale
  • Dominique Falcone
  • Brian Wallace
  • Aamir Ramjoo
  • Maria Inciardi
  • Rob Lightman
  • Michael Yarrow
  • Allesan Palumbo
  • Brian Lovett
  • Lore Bilbao
  • Hillary Flook
  • Vanessa Wyatt
  • Allison Gorga
  • Lauren Taguer
  • Dan Richardson
  • Melissa Roth
  • Lisa Frank
  • Joe Fede
  • Steve Talkowsky
  • Lisa Quinones
  • Karen Koch
  • Helene Morizzo
  • Ryan Herring
  • Krysten Hambrook
200 Miles:
  • Amanda Ginder
  • Michelle Aurich
  • Adrienne Anderson
  • Brenna Agamaite
  • Fatema Raza
  • Tom Girone
  • Jim Mulroy
  • Jovana Saponja
  • Tim Tyrrell
  • Jeff Shlefstein
  • Jessica Leuthold
  • Myroslava Hreb
  • Zsia Rosmarin
  • Amanda Wilkie
  • Ray Owens
  • Jordan Ghaffari
  • Kathy Huff
  • Steven Schoer
  • Emily Furey
  • Nicole DeRosa
  • Bill Sansone
  • Rick Coyne
  • Jim Rickard
  • Paul Gergel
  • Karen Henderson
  • Joseph Ruppe
  • Jessica Offer
  • Stephen Antenucci
  • Paul Kuhl
  • William McClusky
300 Miles:
  • Christopher Smith
  • John Schrumpf
  • Simone Chuda
  • Sima Maslow
  • Ken DeGraw
  • Brian Dethlefsen
  • Kevin Margiatto
  • Keirstin Kain
Mile A Day Club:
  • Kimberlee Phelan
  • Kelsi Morrison
  • Donna Palsa
  • Karen Williams
Withum 300 Silver:
  • Ottaviana De Ruvo
  • Dolly Ayala
  • Edward Hofma
  • Christina Lazaro
  • Adam Daniel
  • Megan Boullianne
  • Ruth Seip
  • Amy Lafontaine
  • Rob Reynolds
Withum 300 Gold:
  • Carol McCarty
  • Jose Antunes
  • Scott Mariani
  • Rhonda Maraziti
  • Joshua Davis
  • Tom Angell
  • Shawn Henderson
  • Lisa Cappiello
  • Jim Bourke
  • Doris Martinez
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Bill Hagaman
  • Charlie Bramley
  • Ivan Brown
  • Emmy Zhu