Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Changes" - David Bowie & Butterfly Boucher



The RunEmz journey on a treadmill is quickly coming together.

This distance has become a "training run" and. it's. freaking. awesome.

I want to give you a little information about the cause I am passionate about:

Since 1977, Sojourner Center has provided shelter and support services to thousands of individuals affected by domestic violence. Through empowerment families discover hope and have the opportunity to build a new future . . . .


As the nation's largest domestic violence shelter, Sojourner Center is a tireless advocate for domestic violence victims and survivors. With the continued support of the community, Sojourner Center can help women and children overcome the impact of domestic violence . . .


The run will be at the Channel 12 studio [200 East Van Buren] ..... outside.  Yep, I said  o u t s i d e .

There will be prizes to my followers who collect the most donations.

The new "RUN EMZ" shirts [same front . . .added new back. . . .see below]

will be given to donors [who donate over $50] - - who knows, one of the prizes may be a 5 pound Gummy bear!

You can click on the [ 24 hour treadmill "runemz" button at top right ]  to donate.  It will take you to the new site . . . . just click on the "donate" tab. 

Please be sure to indicate the size needed.

Details to follow about categories and opportunities. If any of you want to be a sponsor or know of someone who would like to have their product on the website and possibly, get air time at the tv station, let me know.
There will be bands, food, hand-outs, etc.

If any of you want to come to AZ and run with me (on another treadmill, of course), let me know.

Let. it. rock.


Anonymous said...

wow, em! you. are. awesome! love you!

by the way, i've been catching myself saying 'you've freaking got this' in regards to everyday things (not running of course:)) like taking a shower, or getting the kids to school on time. it makes me laugh and think of you every time i catch myself saying it.

Emz said...



adena said...

donate. done

You ROCK woman.

SupermomE13 said...

I said, "You've freaking got this" several times on my 20 miler this morning. LOVE the shirt and love what you are running for. You rock!

Caratunk Girl said...

This is so awesome, I am stoked for you, awesome organization, I can't wait to follow the run. Love that the 26 is a training run.

You freaking rock. That is a good one too.

Rene' said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! On my way to donate now! you are awesome and I love your saying. I feel like it is my mantra right now.

Laura said... runner friend said You've got this on our last hill today. I pseudo channeled you and forced my way up.

Pam @ said...

Do you ever get tired of hearing how awesome you are?



You're so awesome. <3

Unknown said...

Yep, I say that too now and think of you :)

Melissa Cunningham said...

and yes,in agreeance with everyone else,

Jill@Run for the Hills said...

Love everything about this, and so happy the donate site is up.

got. this.

Char said...

Love the new shirt. It's you to a t!

Julie said...

A-maz-ing! Donation coming soon!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

AWESOME EMZ!!! You are an inspiration. I love that you are weaving 2 of your passions together to benefit one another!!

Carrie said...

I LOVE the shirt!

Raegun said...

Oh wow, Emz. I stop blogging for one week and LOOK at how many AWESOME things you are doing around here! What a fantastic effort for a great cause. I used to work as a counsellor at a women's shelter when I first graduated university and this cause is still so close to my heart. Supporting you ALL the WAY!

Adrienne Langelier, MA said...

Run with Jess said...

Love the shirt! And love even more that you think 26 is a training run! OMG, kill me now!

Cynthia said...

I love the saying on the back of the shirt. I like to chant that to myself when I'm having a tough time in a run

Jim ... 50after40 said...

You are an incredible runner with an even "awesomer" heart! Good luck ... I can't wait!

ShutUpandRun said...

This is just the coolest thing. Love it, love the shirt!!

Caroline said...

LOVE the shirt!!!
GREAT idea!
I will donate.
you know what else I love
you know another thing I love
DUKE number 1 in the west.
would you like a shirt like mine?

misszippy said...

Love the shirt, but even more, love the cause! Count me in.

Erika said...

this shirt if freaking awesome!!!
way to go!

Tortuga_Runner said...

I love that you are philanthropic. Great cause. Great shirt. Great idea.

Sarah said...

Can't wait to hear the results!

Alyssa said...

Ahhh! SO COOL! This is too awesome.

And a 5 lb GUMMY BEAR!? Do they make such a thing!!??

Unknown said...

This is a really good thing you are doing!

Evolving Through Running said...

You're a great person doing a great thing for a great cause!! Wish I were closer to AZ to come join the festivities, but I'll be there in spirit (and in donation).

Love the latest edition of the shirt. I'm honored to have a vintage, first-edition version. You are an amazing, inspirational person. All heart.

Jill said...

Best freaking shirt ever! You got it!

Harold said...

Wow that's a crazy distance on the mill! You are insane, but in a good way ;)

Will Cooper said...

great cause. count me in for a donation...rock it!

Unknown said...

This is off the charts!! Great cause. I'm in for a donation can't wait for a shirt.
We are proud to work with you!!

The Squires Group / 26.2

Stacie said...


Almost hit my 28 miles :) You will be amazing. I LOVE the new shirt design. Totally wanting one of those. Maybe I can round up some people to help donate so I can get one :)

Nicole said...

Amazing. I love the new shirts. I'm excited for you!

Matty O said...

So stinkin jealous that 26.2 is a training run for you :)

I can't get through 8 miles. Struggling haha.

Look at you being all tech saavy and stuff :) We will donate for the cause :)

Kristin @NyceLife said...

You are amazing. A. MAZE. ING.

Anonymous said...

You are "awe" frickin' "some"

Michelle said...

Love the cause.
Love your effort.
Love that shirt.
Count me in on the donation!

Rock it girl - just amazing!

Heather said...

this is awesome! love the shirt. love that you're doing this for such a great cause. you're amazing!

KovasP said...

Outside on a treadmill? Hmmmm. New site looks great, BTW.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

you are freakin awesome!

Katie said...

love it, love the shirt, but love what you are running for. amazing.

Kera said... when did that happen???? i'm trying not to jump off a bridge about the training run thing...okay...breathe. moving on. you're dope.

Laurie said...

So freaking cool!

Unknown said...

The shirt keeps getting better and better! :)

Marlene said...

Oh man, this is going to be a HUGE event!!! Love it!!! So wish I could be there in person.

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

You are officially my hero. Seriously, woman this post gave me the goosebumps. You are doing something so amazing and you are changing people's lives. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

Caroline said...

hey there!
something is not right with the link under donate the pic with Sojourner Center
it leads to this

Sorry — your last action could not be completed

MCM Mama said...

Love the shirt, love the cause. Will be hitting donate shortly.

BTW, you may notice that you won a certain giveaway on my blog - hit me up at mom2shoo at

Jen said...

You are awesome. Is there much more to say? I love your cause and wish that I could be there for part of the time. Your "training distance" is nothing short of unreal! WOW!

TRI714 said...

REally ??? and with a great cause too.



Jason said...


Nelly said...

You will do great!

donation is done - I couldn't resist the opportunity to get a EMZ shirt (and to support a great cause)!

Nelly said...

Also, are our contributions tax deductible since the Sojourner Center is a charity?

Generally for tax purposes the amount of your charitable contribution minus the value of whatever goods you get in return is your allowable tax deduction.

But since the value of a EMZ shirt is infinity, my allowable tax deduction might be below zero! haha (alright, I'm a tax accountant, and that was a lame attempt at tax humor, haha)

Emz said...

Nelly. Love. It.

Sojourner will send a letter to each of you for your tax needs.

You. Are. Awesome.

5 Miles Past Empty said...

That is so stinking cool!!! I am SO proud of you and humbled by you and in awe of you....I haven't looked closely but what is the deadline to donate? I want to donate plus I WANT A T-SHIRT!!!! But my hubby just bought a stupid motorcycle and broke us to the point of sticking to a strict budget for the remainder of MARCH! Ugh... =)

DRog said...

26.68 on the TM !!!!!!!! hoo ray as training run? you are my hero that is seriously unreal. you keep pushing me:)

I'm excited for you to be doing this. - lolol

ill hit that donate link when I get home tonight:)


One Crazy Penguin said...

Yowza! A marathon as a training run!?! I've said it before and I'll say it again, You. Are. My. Hero.
You're going to rock this run so hard.

I also love the cause that you are supporting. Something very near and dear to my heart. I'm sending out a link to everyone I know to see if they will donate as well :)

Emz said...

OCP----thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

We should hook up SKYPE on different peoples treadmills and then set up times so that you can chat/run them while they run on another treadmill, but with you to keep you company for an hour here or there...

Love the new website! Great cause!

You do freaking got it!

Hannah said...

I am so so so so so so so so excited for you! And how fun when your marathon+ distances are training runs. I LOVE IT!

I am seriously just giddy about your 24 hour treadmill run! You are incredible, and I love it!

Jan[et] Cicelia said...

Does the donation have to be OVER $50 for a shirt? I'm scraping one together (not only for the shirt, but for you and for the cause). Not working = hard.

Not as hard as running 24 hours. on a treadmill. Scraping = worth it.

Aimee said...

What a great cause! Like everyone else has said, you are awesome!!! I love the shirt too! Very cool!

Anonymous said...

YOU have freaking got this. Wow. Training run, eh? I'm oddly jealous of your endeavour. I think it would be awesome to test the body like that while raising awareness and money for something amazing. Can't wait to hear more (I am so behind on blog reading).

Little Miss Runshine said...

I'm a new follower!

LOVE the shirt! :)

Lindsey said...

You're doing such a great thing. SO freaking awesome. <3