Amazing, friends, just amazing.
Since I joined Team in Training on October 4, 2011, you all have helped me raise $1,278.10 toward the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. It is an amazing feeling to see the dedication and support from friends, family and the community and I am proud to say that training has been going just as smashingly. I’ve had the pleasure of running with an excellent team and with each weekday workout, I am pushing myself emotionally and physically everyday. This experience is teaching me just how rewarding it can be to give your heart and soul to something much bigger than yourself – I feel so lucky to be a part of it all.
With Christmas approaching and our New York City trip tomorrow, I thought I’d take a moment to bring y’all up to speed (haha!) on how my experience is going:
As mentioned above, I’m just 15 percent away from reaching my fundraising goal. 15 percent = $222 more dollars to go! In this season of giving, I have been fortunate to have many generous donations – and believe me – every donation really does count! $1, $5 – these really add up!
Feeling festive? I suggest a $26.20 donation like my pal Allie contributed, to match up with each mile I will run at the Shamrock Marathon. I think of it this way…I could be 8 donations away from reaching the goal if the next few people donate that amount!
Soon after my Richmond Marathon recovery period, I transitioned from the beginner to the intermediate training plan. This new plan has me running four times a week (as opposed to the three a week I was doing when training for Richmond) and slates long runs on Saturdays (team runs) and tempo on Mondays. Both Wednesday and Thursday are running days as well, with gradually increasing distances as the weeks pass on.
I’ll hit 20 milers twice in this plan (one 20, one 21) which is great, plus a 16 and an 18.
I’ve really enjoyed the group runs on Saturday and though this experience so far, I’ve discovered just how much I like running with people. Sure, there are times that running is AMAZING for zoning out, but the camaraderie of running with friends is definitely a huge perk.
As the New Year approaches, I’ve had some time to think about resolutions. Believe it or not, I don’t make resolutions – I like to set up goals with small, attainable steps to keep the motivation up. With that said, here are some goals I’m working on:
- Hit my fundraising goal. As mentioned above, I’m ALMOST there! I plan to actively push until $1,500 is attained – after that, I definitely will not turn away a donation, but I plan to focus my efforts on helping my team achieve their goals, too!
- Run an injury free marathon. I’ve been so lucky to have not been sidelined with injury; with proper adherence to my training schedule, I hope to keep this a constant.
- Help spread awareness. One of the most humbling parts of this Team experience for me so far has been meeting and talking to so many people that have been touched by blood cancers; the Silent Mile event, in particular, was definitely a memory I will never forget.
…and just for fun…
4. I hope to receive a donation from EVERY state, as chronicled in my State Challenge post. I’m sitting at 22 out of 50 states right now, so if you know someone from the following list of states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
…please send them my way! 😀 Even $1!
If one person from each of the above states (28!) donated just a dollar, then I’d be less than $200 away from my fundraising goal…today! Pass this along!! 😀 Please also note that you can donate FOR a state (perhaps you live in Florida now, for example, but you are from Oregon; that could count as Oregon, just let me know in your comment!)
I plan on honoring each ‘first state donor’ with a little surprise, so don’t delay! 🙂
Do you have any questions about my experience so far?
Any advice you’d like to share with me?
I’d be glad to cover anything you’re curious about; marathon-training or fundraising related in a future post!