This is the last week I'm going to be begging you for money towards my half-marathon fundraising! Here's a quick video update and last plea:
If you were hoping to be randomly chosen for the bracelet giveaway, I notified winners early this morning (Sunday), so check your email.
I am completely overwhelmed with the support – it's come from those I know and those I don't, and from all over the world (literally: US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, and more!) We only have a couple hundred more dollars to go for fundraising, so please help spread the word and help me push past my $2,500 goal!
It's been a long road training for this. I wanted to share with you some photos of my training, taken by my friends at Rideout Photography:
This half marathon training has been kind of bonkers. I've run the gamut of emotions and physical pain. When I took the adventure on, it was rooted in the sentimental without much thought to practicality.
I spent my 20's with my weight literally going up and down hundreds of pounds. I wanted to enter my 30's in April with something to show for all my work, and as a way to help heal those feelings that I didn't do enough to help my mom when she was rapidly deteriorating with Parkinson's Disease. This half marathon fit the bill. Gave me a reason to raise money to help others with Parkinson's, and a way to feel physically accomplished days before my 30th birthday. It felt serendipitous that it fell on the anniversary of my mom's death.
I've got 1 more week to push away my self doubt, and to continue working on mental and physical toughness. I'm not a runner. I am walking this half. There might be a wee-bit of jogging. I need to tell myself that it is okay. That 13.1 miles is still 13.1 miles no matter what the final time is.
Thank you for your emotional and monetary support. Words can't express my gratitude.