I HAVE ALWAYS...(Always as in…since I got to college and was inspired-to-the-core by my spunky, GORGEOUS, incredible holy yoga instructor who taught Zumba, yoga, and ran a marathon while raising 4 girls)
BEEN INSPIRED TO…
It scares the pants off of me to say it out loud, especially on such a public forum as this, but I figure I can use all the help I can get.
I am running a marathon. (I’ve done three half marathons, and each time at the finish line I said while gasping for air, “I could never do a full.” It’s time now for me to forget those moments and say buh-bye to my negative self-talk.)
Accountability stinking works. So here is what I have in place to keep me from wussing out:
1) The whole world knows. I’m telling everyone so they can send me prayer, positive vibes, energy blocks, and lulu running gear (HA! jk to the lulu gear…sorta).
2) I signed up and paid for the race. I used my beloved slush fund to purchase an “early bird” ticket to the race. April 26th, Nashville Tennessee. Here I come!!
3) I signed up to raise $500 for Team Compassion, specifically their clean water initiative.
Can you believe that with incredible amount of wealth and waste we existing in the US, there are still thousands of kids who die every day from diseases caused by dirty drinking water? This stat makes me sick to my tummy. For $79 you can provide a child clean drinking water for LIFE. Would you consider giving a gift in someone’s name as their Christmas gift? Maybe you could donate a third of that, $26.2 to represent the 26.2 miles that I’ll be running on April 26th. No pressure, but definitely consider it. You can give here toward my goal. I’m hoping to blow my $500 goal “out of the water” ;o)
I’m reserving Mondays as a day to blog about my running progress. We’ll call it Marathon Monday.
So far in my training for this race, my longest long run was 4.5 miles. It isn’t much yet, but it’s the most I’ve run in a year and a half and it felt AMAZING. (no redbull required…just some awesome neighbors who blessed me by watching the kids while Kev was at a conference so I could run stroller-free!)
I know that finish line will be glorious…but for now, here is to another week hitting the road!
Any encouragement or advice you have to offer would be MUCHO welcomed! (And don’t forget to visit my Compassion race website!)
(I saw this deer on my first training run this year, and then I saw another huge, gorgeous deer on my coldest training run yet. It was 15 degrees out.)