Penultimate Post!!!!! NJ Marathon Tomorrow!

Here we go baby!!!!!



Tomorrow at 7:30 am I will take step one of the 20th Annual NJ Marathon.

You can track me if you want

I am Bib number 1626!

The weather unfortunately is not “Ideal for running”

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But we are gong to take it down anyway. Heres what I got going on!


Ok I don’t have enough time to figure out how to rotate this but here is what I have going on:

  • TEAM AFSP Official Shirt
  • SLDR that Griff gave me at the Cabs Golf outing a couple of years ago, Its a great running hat, I use it all of the time!
  • Blue rain coat
  • Running shoes Asics Nimbus 18’s
  • Gels,chews, Pretzels and Craisins!
  • Full force Chafe less attack- Aquifer, two bandaids, and a bottle of goldbond
  • New I phone armband, got some great mixes from Shostakovich to the Killers with a little Biggie Smalls and Tribe Called Quest, cause thats how I roll…
  • And most importantly: Eddies Congressional golf hat given to me by Yasumi and Fred’s Name tag that was on one of his Duffel bags from Iraq given to me by the Fiumes.

I can thank everyone enough for coming with me on this journey so far. Words would fail to express how much I have grown from this whole experience. I can say that I have never felt so much love and support in my whole life so it is needles to say that I am very humbled and grateful. It is also a testament to the life force of these two great men who continue to bring joy to this world each day.

Thanks all -Jon

Word of the day- Thanks!

Unicorn of the day!


100% Baby!!!! Eddy and Freddy To NYC!

We did it!!! 102% for a total of $5089.92 for the AFSP!!!!!


I want to thank everyone who donated!!!!! (List on bottom of the post)

We did it but were not done yet! With your help we crushed our goal of raising $5000 for the AFSP in Running with Eddie and Freddy! I am so proud to be a part of this acomplishment that I’m going to keep honoring the lives of these two great guys and extend Running with Eddie and Freddy by running the 2016 NYC Marathon on November 6th and raise another $3500 for the AFSP! Just like NJ 100% of the donations go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and honor Eddie and Fred. Please see the Donate to Running with Eddie and Freddy link on on the left or go to
Im going to keep blogging about it too at ! If you donated before thank you and I ask that you spread the word and encourage others to do the same. We also will be looking for donations or matching donations from businesses and companies.  Thank you for your continued support, it has been a great journey so far and Im looking forward to taking Eddie and Freddy on a run through all 5 Boroughs of NYC!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any and all questions and concerns:-) thanks again Ill be posting as the NJ Marathon approaches, the weekend of and results of course…
– Jon Kinne

Word of the Day: Gratitude 

gratitude |ˈgratəˌt(y)o͞od|noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness: she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support.

Unicorn of the Day:


Running with Eddie and Freddy NJ Marathon, AFSP Donors!
( in random order) 

JoAnn Hughes

Jen Wise

Diane Kinne

Tara Catanzariti

Cheryl DeFalco

Francine Giorello

Kelli Mest

karen witt

Inhye Kwon

Tom & Beth Osterlof

Laura Scotti

Lisbhet Garcia

Erin Monaghan

Cristina Bernotas

Joanna Sargent

Pat Germain

Bonnie donnell

Ericka Clouther

The Takara Family

Beth Toole

Jen Moloughney

Meg and Chris Olson

Angela Wilkos

Cristina Nicolau

Patricia Passaro

Rachel Cappio

Kathleen McCarty

Rachel Glatman

Michele Zimmerman

Frank Ring

Margaret Nastasi

Joe P.

Jessica Ferlauto

Clare Speck

jonathan yap

Dave Clary

Judy Yi

Brendan Lowe

Angel Rivera

Lauren DeMatteo


Carmen Palomino

Ellis Berger

Carol & Brian Majoros

Maureen Hensley

Robyn Cafiero

diane edwards luke

Diane Kinne

Anonymous Donor

Jeff Grosse

Michael Ryan

John E Brigante

Maria Artime

Jeff Adler

Kathryn Clores

Kelly Moore

Mike Mazzola

Jacquelyn BLAUVELT

Nicole Bowden

Blanchard Family

James Oliver Plunkett

Brian Grilk

Heritage Surgical Group- Dr. Stavros Christidious

Frank Nash

Kay Eltman

Ken Bledsoe

Stacia klui

Peter Olson

Matt Dodd

Toria Seetaram

Kelly & Bryan McDonnell

Maureen Hensley

Valerie Hunter

Joanne Fiume

Maureen Kinne

Lara Chard

Katie Hughes

Ash and Phil Parker

Andrea Tokarik

Marianne Kerr

Janette Merrill

Jeremy Steiner

Robert Olson.

Rachel Patti

Travis Kinne

Mark Spinney

Patricia Granados

Erin Lenik

John E Brigante


Deuce Deuce, Ho-Ho-Kus & Juking a Jack Russell

Thats a record kids! 22 Miles!

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I must admit that this map does not reflect the grandiose nature of my perception of this run but, Ill take that up with Sir. Rand McNally.

So the last big 20 mile run was on the plate for this weekend and honestly I really just wanted to get it over with for a few reasons:

  1.   I have set this as the benchmark of “Wow, if I can run 20 then I can do 26.2” to make the marathon real.
  2. Spring Break 2016!!! whoooo! 🙂 I worked Mon -Thurs at the Fiume House so I was already pretty physically fatigued, I figured it would be good for training.
  3. It was really nice out, kids were at school and I wanted a run free Saturday and Sunday.

So I set out to have an adventure for the first 10 miles or so and finish up on the Saddle River Trail. I mapped out a cool run through Glen Rock, Ridgewood ect. including some new parks etc. and familiar places from my child hood. It was great but I forgot to write it down so when I ran off of the trail into Glen Rock I got lost. So I doubled back and ran into Ridgewood so I would know where I was, unfortunately it was uphill.

Once I got into Ridgewood I knew where I was and I set out to run around vets field where when I was a kid, my Dad played in a softball league and we would watch the 4th of July fire works, and had a near death experience involving a heavy public bathroom door that I could push but not pull open. (Side story- As a kid probably around 4 or 5 we were at one of my dad’s softball games and I insisted on going to the bathroom by myself. So I walked, what I now realize is about 50 yards, to the bathroom and pushed the door open. When I was ready to leave I could not pull the door open because it was too heavy. I did try to shoot it open because I was strapped with my two Cowboy style cap guns on my holster belt. images-21

That did not work so I just started to cry really loudly. Fortunately one of my parents friends Jim “Bakes” Bakelar was walking by and opened the door which I quickly ran out of. I’m 37 years old and the story is still told, and Jim Bakelar is still my hero, that is why I named my son James… Not really, just kidding)

Any way, a goal on this run was to run by my Grandparents old house in Ho-Ho-Kus.

(It did not look like that when we were there, this is the reboot)


It was cool to run around Ho-Ho-Kus since I spent a lot of time there as a kid, good memories and I even ran into my grandma’s old neighbor Willie and as was able to say hello! I think she remembered me but she could have just been being polite 😉

After a couple of wrong turns and detours I ran around the town, then back into Ridgewood, back through Vets field and headed towards the Saddle River Trail via E. Ridgewood Ave. I definitely did not pack enough water for the run and that was a bummer.

I hit the trail and felt great until about mile 14. That is where the fatigue usually starts to set in for me. I also started to realize that my right ear was on fire. Then I thought “uh-oh” I’m not wearing any sunblock. I attempted to use my Chapstick with SPF 12 on my ears and face so that helped a bit but needless to say I have a classic spotty burn on all of the uncovered areas. But I have never not met a milage goal on a run so I was determined to hit the 20!

Around mile 17 I was in the home stretch when I saw a guy walking two small dogs ahead. He thought it would be a good idea to have his dogs meet some other dogs so he lead them by these other two dogs. This meeting did not go well and he pulled his dogs away quickly, and subsequently into my direction. I have watched enough Dog Whisper to know when a dog is ready to throw down so as the Jack Russell was coming to take a chunk out of me, 17 miles in btw, I juked that devil dog like Zeke Mowatt!


I got some advice from a friend of Eileen’s who has run a few marathons and he said to tack on a couple of miles after 20 if you can so you are not surprised by “Hitting the Wall” as they say so as I approached 20 I felt like I could do it so I did! Oh…and I found the good ol’ wall. It was tough but I did get to 22miles. I did feel like I could keep going if I had to so that was encouraging. Looking forward to the next two week step down!

But the best advice I got was from my friend Cristina Bernotas (Philly Marathon finisher) who I was texting with just before I left for my run. She said “Good luck today, your going to kill it, Just keep going!”  Which is a great motivator while your running but an even better one is laughter. Her encouragement made me laugh because it reminded me of this 80’s classic:


Which is actually just good advice for life really… 😉

Thanks all!

Word of the day: vitriol |ˈvitrēəl, -ˌôl| noun

1 cruel and bitter criticism: her mother’s sudden gush of fury and vitriol.

2 archaic or literary sulfuric acid.

ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting the sulfate of various metals): from Old French, or from medieval Latin vitriolum, from Latin vitrum ‘glass.’

Unicorn of the day: (provided by Mrs. Michael J. Fox Moulder Bowden)



find the second unicorn in this pic and not laugh…

Record Breaking End of the week!

Hey Kids!

Yesterday I set three personal records! No to brag but eh-hmm;-)

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I felt good besides an injury I have. I have a slight sprain in my right ankle/foot that flared up at around mile 11 ish so it definitely slowed me down for the last few miles and totally zapped my energy levels. The injury is improving though and I am confident through my stretching routine and help from the witch doctor Ill be all good for the NJ Marathon!

I had to stop frequently to stretch it out. When I did though, I would put both hands up above my shoulder level on a tree or post and twist into my prescribed stretch. Every time I did this I would scoff with disgust from the smell I seemed to be emanating. I thought to my self that there is no way I could smell that bad because I had showered and my clothes were clean etc. At mile 12 I won the “find the smell” contest and concluded that  it was definitely time for a new I phone holder.


Iv been running with , and consequently sweating into, the same one for wayyyyyyyy too long now and I think its just natures way of saying “time to move on buddy.”

To prep for the race I have been employing gels every 45 minutes which definitely help.  I want to try some different ones this week to see what will serve me best during the race. I also have become squirrel-like and mastered stashing water at the perfect location for these very long runs. Additionally, I have significantly increased my calorie and carb intake during the week which has to be helping. Basically I am just pounding Bagels!!!! It’s awesome.


Kicks are breaking in but I’m still not crazy about them. I’m very, very sore and tired but I am excited to get to the end of the training. This week I have an 5M, 8M and 3M culminating on a short 14mile on Saturday. The week after that is the big 20 mile! Keep spreading the word for donations!!!! Thanks for all of the support everyone!!!!!! Link to the left!


Random Thoughts While Running:

If I ever go out wearing matching, solid color sweat pants and sweat shirt, I really hope the people in my life will love me enough to smack me in the face.” 

Word of the day: Postulate, verb |ˈpäsCHəˌlāt| [ with obj. ]

1 suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief: his theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanes | [ with clause ] : he postulated that the environmentalists might have a case.

2 (in ecclesiastical law) nominate or elect (someone) to an ecclesiastical office subject to the sanction of a higher authority.

noun |ˈpäsCHələt| formal

a thing suggested or assumed as true as the basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief: perhaps the postulate of Babylonian influence on Greek astronomy is incorrect.

Mathematics an assumption used as a basis for mathematical reasoning.

Unicorn of the day: 


New Kicks!!!! Week 14

Hey Kids,

I took a quick blog break to give it a rest but it did not slow me down at all and a lot has happened since this:


That was a 5mile around my neighborhood that was a huge confidence booster. The next day on 3/19 I ran the Jon Kinne Half Marathon and did 13.1 miles. It was the longest run I have done since the last half I did in October. I did pretty well, sore abs and feet, but I definitely crashed at mile 11. I was still hurting from the surgery and I realized that I had to start increasing my calorie and carbs daily. But I finished and my splits were pretty good! (dont forget to be my friend on runkeeper) )

I had our musical that night and the next day so it was a busy weekend, also keeping my diet and stress levels in check has been something that I have had to manage better but I am proud to say both are improving!

Week 13! was great. I only ran 5 miles during the week as a result of sore abs and the 13.1 seemed to cause a strain in my right foot which slowed me down. I’m currently stretching it and having it treated by my “witch-doctor” (acupuncture, it works btw, he is a real doctor) and I’m getting back on track. Got to see Marissa Yoda biking on the trail rockin some aviators!

On last weekend’s long run I set a new personal record of 15 Miles! My splits were good and I felt much better than the 13.1. I employed some gels and was glad that they did not upset my stomach. I do not know if they helped or not but I will use them again this weekend.

Also, to prevent further injury I realized it was time for some new running shoes so I got these fancy kicks


They are the Asics Nimbus 18’s. I had the 17’s which I now think I like better. I also foolishly decided to “break em in” on my 15 mile run, not my best decision. I got them at Roadrunner SPORTS!  so I have 90 days to return them if I don’t like them but during my training runs this week they are loosening up so I’m going to give them another chance. I have found that spending the money on really good shoes is absolutely worth it. I did the family VIP plan at road runner last year too and also went back for new custom insoles. Also not cheap but again worth it to avoid injury, especially if you have Wilma Flintsone feet like me 😉


I am so grateful to have received sooo many donations and our campaign is at 76% of our goal!!!! The race is exactly one month from today so please spread the word and ask for donations to the AFSP! 100% of every dollar goes directly to the AFSP which does great work for our loved ones who need it the most. (Link to the left and below) even a dollar helps!


I’v got an 18 mile tomorrow!!!!!! See ya on the saddle river trail!!!!!!!!!!

Word of the day: Perfunctory |pərˈfəNGktərē|adjective

(of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection: he gave a perfunctory nod.DERIVATIVES perfunctorily |-ˈfəNGktərəlē|adverb,perfunctoriness |-rēnis|noun

Unicorn of the day: