This is a great day. It’s Friday. Tomorrow is my future SIL’s bridal shower (expect lots of pictures next week!). And yesterday, I signed up for my second half marathon.
For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I ran my first half marathon with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. You can read all about that here. It was such an amazing experience and something I will never forget.
don’t let that smile fool you. i was in PAIN.
I’ve been trying to decide what my next race would be all week. I had another TNT race in the back of my mind, but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to raise the money again so I kind of let it go. Sudan and I talked about it and he felt that it would be a great experience, but maybe not right now. I just moved out, I just started a business, and I’m kinda broke to be honest. He didn’t want me to add any more stress to all of that. I agreed with him, but I still felt something inside of me saying I should do it. I just felt like God was telling me that this is the time. Anyone can give of themselves when they’re overflowing. But when you’re struggling, that’s when you have to dig deep to give of yourself. As soon as that thought crossed my mind, and I am not kidding, I got an email saying that there were still spots left to register for the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon with TNT. It didn’t take me 5 minutes. I signed up right then.
This year, my race is dedicated to my cousins, Don and Tamara. Don was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2009. When I ran my last race, he was in remission, but he recently had a relapse. By the grace of God, he was able to have a bone marrow transplant three weeks ago and he’s in recovery this very moment at Johns Hopkins. I am so thankful for his life and I hope that by running this half marathon and raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, there will be many more stories like his. You can hear more about his story by listening to this interview.
So with all of that being said, today is a great day. I’m 15 weeks away from half marathon #2 and $2,950 away from my fundraising goal. I know that this blog is a fun place for my readers to get away from work for a few minutes and read about my latest antics or current food/fashion cravings. And I hesitate to even ask things like this, but someone once told me that I should never feel guilty about asking for a donation. By asking, I’m giving that person a chance to be a blessing. So I’m asking you to be a blessing today. I’m running 13.1 miles to be a blessing to others. This is your chance to be a blessing with me. Think of the lives we could save.
If you’d like to donate, please visit my fundraising page. I’ll be writing about my training each week (most likely on Sundays but I’m not sure yet) if you’d like to follow along. I’ll tell you all about my goals for this race next week. Pray for me! Have a great weekend everyone!