January 2017 Progress Update

Withum 300 kicks off with a new year and our biggest class yet! We are kicking off 2017 strong with over 5,700 total miles, which means that over $2,800 will be donated to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund. In just our first month, 10 of our runners have already accumulated triple digits miles, one with close to achieving the 200 mile marker! Great job!

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

25 Miles:
  • Brian Wallace
  • Rob Reynolds
  • Zsia Rosmarin
  • Tom Reck
  • Lisa Frank
  • Andrea Fernandez
  • Helene Morizzo
  • Sima Maslow
  • Rick Coyne
  • Stephen Antenucci
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald
  • Pat Walsh
  • Lori Norton
  • Cathy Bendall
  • Anurag Sharma
  • Ryan Herring
  • Jim Bourke
  • Dominique Falcone
  • Danielle Hickey
  • Susan Murphy
  • Bill Sansone
  • Chris DeMayo
  • Erik Halluska
  • Dennis Boo
  • Michelle Aurich
  • Marquis Noble
  • Bill Hagaman
  • Rob Lightman
  • Steve Talkowsky
  • Tom Girone
  • Rhonda Maraziti
  • Keirstin Chrzanowski
  • Denise Inverso
  • Jessica Leuthold
  • Nicole Lorenc
  • Ottaviana De Ruvo
  • Kelsi Morrison
  • Richard Benitz
  • William McClusky
  • Brian Lovett
  • Brian Dethlefsen
  • Christina Lazaro
  • Ray Russolillo
  • Karen Williams
  • Nicole DeRosa
  • Megan Boullianne
  • Dolly Ayala
50 Miles:
  • Michael Yarrow
  • Jennifer Regensburg
  • Steve Yardumian
  • Howard Scribner
  • Donna Palsa
  • Christopher Smith
  • Edward Hofma
  • Lauren Bologno
  • Paul Kuhl
  • Joe Ruppe
  • Tom Angell
  • Dave Dacey
  • Deborah Massa
  • Ken DeGraw
  • Jose Antunes
  • Giulio Scotto
  • Scott Mariani
  • Carol McCarty
  • Doris Martinez
  • Amy Lafontaine
  • Shawn Henderson
  • Jeanette Emmons
  • Paula Black
  • Tony Rappa
  • Pat Schuman
  • Tracy LeBlon
100 Miles:
  • Zoria Clarke
  • Joseph Kresse
  • Barry Horowitz
  • Lisa Cappiello
  • Ivan Brown
  • Matthew Walsh
  • Emmy Zhu
  • Charlie Bramley
  • John Scrhumpf
  • Josh Davis

Withum 300 Raises Over $27,000 for Staff Hardship Relief Fund

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Our Withum 300 health and fitness group was recognized at Monday’s annual State of the Firm event for their efforts by awarding each team member who completed the challenge of running 300 miles or more over the course of 2016 with a personalized Withum 300 running shirt.

And for good reason: our group of 182 active participants ran a total of 55,048 miles, a “personal best” since the program was initiated in 2014. And this wasn’t a matter of simply hitting more miles because more people were participating — the group averaged 303 miles (up from last year) and nine people managed to finish with over 1,000 miles.

That isn’t to take away from the incredible growth of Withum 300. This year’s class saw 84 team members achieve their goal of running 300 miles or more, which is double the amount of people who participated in the program in its initial year.

Perhaps the accomplishment the group is most proud of, however, is the fact that their efforts helped raise significant funds towards the Staff Hardship Relief Fund, which was established in 2012 to financially assist our team members and their families who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event. For 2016, the firm generously agreed to donate 50 cents per mile, resulting in $27,524 being contributed to the fund. Since its inception, the Staff Hardship Relief Fund has assisted 17 of the applications received and we are certain these additional funds will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue helping those in need.

Withum has agreed to once again donate 50 cents per mile in 2017 and based on our initial response, we anticipate over 200 runners to join Withum 300 this year.  We can’t wait to see what this year’s group can accomplish!  Be sure to continue visiting our blog to follow our progress and hear our stories!

December 2016 Progress Update

The end of 2016 is finally upon us, and Withum 300 has once again surpassed the group’s overall performance from the prior year. Amazingly, our team of 80+ runners completed a total of just over 55,000 miles! As a frame of reference, that would be like running around the earth…..twice……and then to Ukraine.

This year, we had nine runners hit over 1,000 miles (an all time high) and the group’s average performance was 303 miles, up from last year.

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

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

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

nicole-runningNicole DeRosa is another “Withum 300 Original” who has succeeded in her goal of running 300 miles or more every year since the program was launched in 2014. However, unlike many of the other stories our runners have shared, Nicole’s obstacles haven’t been about making time or finding motivation, it’s been about her physical limitations. This month, Nicole tells us about how she’s overcome and worked around those issues:

Where do I even start? In a nutshell- I used to HATE running. Ever since my freshman year of high school, I’ve been an avid gym-goer. Exercising and staying in shape is part of my daily routine; it is my primary stress reliever. With that being said, for cardio I’d literally do everything BUT run.

As a high school varsity cheerleader, one of the requirements was that you had to be able to run an 8 minute mile. I’m 5’1″ on a good day, and running an 8 minute mile did not come easy for me; dancing and gymnastics, on the other hand did. My “8 minute mile struggle” was very real. Now I know a lot of you probably find this humorous, but that is really where my hatred for running first began. Anyhow, I made varsity cheerleading as a freshman and ran my 8 minute mile (yay!)

I remained active during high school and college but things took a serious turn when it was confirmed that I needed hip surgery, and one day would need two blown replacements. Of course I received multiple opinions, and tried everything possible first but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

My first surgery on my left hip was when I was still in graduate school; the recovery was about 8 months – it was horrible, BUT, this was when my hatred for running slowly turned into appreciation. Once I was finally able to bear weight and walk again, my physical therapist incorporated running into my regimen. After I graduated from physical therapy in 2008, I was easily in the best shape of my life AND running every couple of days because it really helped with my hip and kept things loose.

Eventually I hit a speed bump a year later; my right hip was already shot and I knew from prior MRIs there was an issue – surgery on my right hip was inevitable. Here we go again, I knew the drill. Recovery on my right hip was 7 months.

My last surgery was in 2009 and I refuse to let my hip problems get the best of me. I’ve been running consistently ever since my last surgery to keep the pain to a tolerable limit and teaching Zumba once a week starting in 2011. I know my limits, it’s a very fine line. The first year of the Withum 300, never in a million years did I think I’d be able to reach 300 miles; I logged 350 miles. Last year, I set a goal to run 400 miles; I ran 402 miles.

This year, I set a goal to run 450 miles; unfortunately I’m nicole-x-raynot going to hit my goal and will end the year around 365 miles. This past February, it was confirmed that I had re-injured my right hip and surgery was the only option to fix it- otherwise, I could suck it up and do physical therapy/exercises to minimize pain. Since I’ll eventually need two replacements anyways, I stuck to the physical therapy route which put me back a solid 2.5 months for running. Most days, I feel completely fine- and I attribute that to staying active and listening to my body.

I’m not looking at this as a failure; I did what I could and put my best foot forward, literally. The fact of the matter is staying active and exercising is SO important for endless reasons. I grew to somehow enjoy running and am so glad that my company recognizes this- not only am I doing something good for myself, I’m also able to effortlessly contribute to our Staff Hardship Relief Fund. Double win!

November 2016 Progress Update

As we approach the final month of 2016, 60 runners have now completed the Withum 300 health and fitness challenge. Of those 60, 9 have achieved the “Withum 300 Silver” honor (400 miles or more) and, amazingly, over 25 have accomplished “Withum 300 Gold” status (500 miles or more). As a whole, the group has accumulated over 50,000 in 2016, which means that over $25,000 will be donated to the firm’s Staff Hardship Relief Fund. All of this, despite some mighty cold weather!

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

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

Running Towards a Goal

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Believe it or not, Christina Lazaro is the first of our blog contributors who has been participating in Withum 300 since it was created in 2014. And while joining the group didn’t get her to start running, it has changed her attitude towards running and pushed her towards accomplishing previously unthinkable goals. In this month’s blog post, Christina talks about how her perspective of running and the group has shifted over the past three years:

I played soccer my whole life and learned in high school that endurance alone could win a game, so I did track during the off-season to stay in shape. I have always enjoyed running. So when soccer ended, running continued. What I have always liked about running is that you are completely in control of the outcome. It is also time for you, to think, or to not think – whichever is more applicable at the moment.

Before the first year of Withum 300, I never tracked my miles. When the first e-mail about Withum 300 came across, I ignored it. Running was for me. It was my escape. I didn’t want to be held accountable. I didn’t want to stress if I struggled to meet the goal. I wasn’t doing it.

And then Jose Antunes signed me up. Ugh. So there I had it, I would be running 300 tracked miles during 2014. So I did. Christmas Day 2014, I had run 301.3 miles during the year. Merry Christmas to me! Good. Done. Bye, pressure.

And then came State of the Firm 2015, where Bill announced we would be doing it again. Greatttt. Now that I’ve started, I can’t not continue, right? But I already ran 300 miles, so now what?

Four hundred. That’s what. Now I was determined to run 400 miles in 2015. Then sometime during 2015, my attitude began changing. I was exploring new cities by running. I was being encouraged by my fellow Withum 300 runners. I liked being held accountable. I was having fun. I hit my goal and kept going.

This year was approaching. I was ready with my goal of 500 miles and was excited to learn of the incorporation of the 50-cents-per-mile donation to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund. To be able to do something I enjoy with the bonus of my efforts supporting the Fund is so encouraging and fulfilling to me.

I ended November with 565 miles. If someone told me in 2014 that I would run 565 miles in 2016, I would have laughed. I cannot believe the goals I am hitting and how motivated I am. I am excited to continue running along with my Withum family and look forward to setting, and hitting, new goals.

October 2016 Progress Update

With only a few months left of 2016, our Withum 300 health and fitness group is picking up the pace and continuing to pile on the miles. For the month of October, our team completed nearly 4,700 miles! Amazingly, over 50 participants have now completed the challenge and have achieved their goal of hitting 300 miles or more within the year. Even more impressive, over 20 individuals hit our “Withum 300 Gold” honor (500 miles), four of which have now surpassed the 1,000 mile mark! Congratulations to everyone for their hard work!

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

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

Third Time’s the Charm

lcsu16pw05765While this is Krysten Hambrook’s first year participating in the Withum 300 running group, she’s well on her way at crushing 300 miles. As of the end of September, she’s already conquered more than 200 miles. Yet, like many of the people on our team, Krysten isn’t a life long runner. Nonetheless, after a simple challenge, she’s now completed her third half marathon. Krysten shares her story on how she went from non-runner to — in her words — half crazy:

This month I ran my third half marathon. Yes…13.1 miles…in one swoop…for the third time.

The experience this time around was completely different, but before I get into that, let me back up.

If you told me in high school that I would one day run one half marathon, let alone three, I would have laughed in your face. I went out of my way to avoid running. I was a swimmer, a skater and I played softball (and running the 60 feet to first base does NOT count as running).

I started trying to run a few years ago and was challenged by my cousin to run my first half marathon. Accepting the challenge, I Googled a few running plans and started training. Prior to that, I had never thought I could run more than three miles consecutively…ever. And this was my first road race.

Half marathon #1 goal: Run all 13.1 miles.
Thanks to my cousin keeping me moving, I ran the whole thing and couldn’t move for the next few days.

Half marathon #2 took place at Disney World. Who doesn’t have fun doing anything at the Happiest Place on Earth? Plus, I was running alongside a close friend and I was wearing a tutu.

This most recent race was a different beast. I was not running in a tutu prancing through Cinderella’s castle. Instead, I convinced six other people to join me in this feat. My goal this time was to maintain my pace and to beat my previous times. While I trained on my own, I was motivated by my brother and friends (including Simone, who posted a few months ago) who were also training. We shared the details of good runs, hard runs, and days that running just didn’t happen.

The morning of the race was cold and misty, not ideal for being outdoors, let alone for hours trying to run. At 8am, the race finally started and we were off. Our pack started together, but we separated into our own pace groups as the miles trudged on. My brother, who still probably thinks I’m crazy for convincing him to do this, and I ran together the whole time. His goal was to run the whole thing and finish together. We set the bar high by running the first seven miles at a great pace. We were both feeling good, maintaining conversation, looking at the cute dogs that we passed and were picking out our favorite houses in each neighborhood.

Then we got to mile 11 and all I wanted to do was walk. There were only 2.1 miles left and the pace we had been going at was finally taking a toll on me and this became a mental game. I couldn’t get out of my own head, thinking “I should walk. No, I want to get to the finish line faster and be done with this. Maybe I’ll just walk for a little bit. But no, I need to keep running and finish!”

The mind game took up those 2 miles, along with my brother’s sarcastic encouragement, until we crossed the finish line. We finished faster than I had expected thanks to my brother not letting me stop.

I signed up for this race so I would have an excuse to go running and it would push me to accumulate my #withum300 miles. While this race pushed me to train, it also left me knowing I could have finished those last 2 miles stronger. I guess I’ll have to sign up for another one and see!

September 2016 Progress Update

As a result of approaching deadlines and inconsistent weather, we saw a bit of a dip in our total miles in the month of September. However, the group still accumulated an impressive 4,400 plus miles this past month. For 2016 as a whole, the Withum 300 running team surpassed 40,000 miles, meaning that over $20,000 will be donated to the Staff Hardship Relief Fund.

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

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

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.