The months are going by faster than I could have imagined and I'm alternating between panic and excitement. Some days I think about running through the crowds of cheering people in Boston and get the nervous, excited butterflies. Some days I have pain in my foot or knee or any other imaginable part of my body and doubt if I'll even be able to do this.
But that's half the fun. Not knowing, but going for it. Pushing limits. Sticking to things you committed to, even when they seem crazy, in both running and fundraising.
I started this season in a boot, an air cast that left me unsure of what was wrong and how I would get to run my upcoming half marathon, followed by a full marathon. I was confident at the time that I would be able to run Boston, but not as confident that I would be able to run my half marathon in New Orleans.
Surprise, surprise, I know nothing! The half in NOLA went off without a hitch. I was nervous, but I taped up like a walking KT Tape billboard and programmed my watch to buzz for 5 minutes of running, followed by 2 minutes of walking, repeat times a million. No problems! I was sore, I was tired, but nothing too bad.
Shoutout to my sister for joining me in this half! She signed up last minute at the expo like a crazy person. Who does that for their first half marathon? Her. I'm a bad influence. I told her I'd pay her $20. IOU, Kim.
A few days later, after road tripping a bit, I ran a few miles along the beach in Clearwater FL. Then I ran a 5K in the trails of Palm Coast FL. All seamless!
Now, here I am back in New Hampshire, land of the hills, and my body seems to be falling apart! I'm blaming it all on the hills! #HATECHUhills
Since getting out of the boot, the majority of my miles have been run on a treadmill or in the flatlands of the south. Last weekend I joined up with a group of ladies in NH to start getting on track for the marathon and we ran 9.5 miles.
I was ecstatic to have a group that was down with with the run-walk-run approach, but less than ecstatic when PAIN! About 8 miles in my left knee, which hasn't bothered me in a while, decided to come out to play. WHYYYYYYY...
I'm guessing the rest of this training is going to be a balancing act between "Don't hurt yourself" and "Don't be completely unprepared." I'm sensing a theme for my last year.
Either way I will do it. I will make it the 26.2 miles on April 17th. I will raise at least $8,000 for the Mass Eye and Ear hospital, who provides amazing care to it's patients.
Both my husband and my mother-in-law are currently unable to walk. My knee may hurt, but I have two legs and they still work.
I may be stressed as I work to organize my millionth fundraiser in the last 12 months, but I have functioning eyes, ears, thyroid, head, and neck.
I will do it.
It may not be easy, but I'll do it!
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Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance