I started writing this post genuinely not knowing what was next. Well I just decided!
I struggle when I don't have an end goal. I also struggle with committing to long training plans. When I trained for my first half marathon I was really good about doing my long run every week, but I didn't necessarily stick to my plan the rest of the week. I just ran 1 or 2 times a week for 1-3 miles during the week. No hill training, no speed work. I just made sure to get those long, slow runs in.
I started training for Reach the Beach, but then quickly ditched that plan. I have started lots of home workout programs and I've never FINISHED one. I get distracted and start doing something else quickly.
Well. I just pulled the trigger. I am going back to where this all started and joining Team Challenge New England for another half marathon!
I am really excited to join them for another half. Last time I joined I had never run longer than a 5K. Every week I was breaking my longest distance. I feel like this is how I REALLY became a runner. I met so many people and talked about poop while we ran. Not many places you can do that! ha!
That's one of the cool parts about joining a fundraising group that benefits the disease that you and your family members have. So many of the people I met had Crohn's or colitis and they were all amazing! Personally, I haven't struggled very much with my disease. I have had periods of difficulty, but for the most part, I don't have it half bad. I have seen first hand through my dad how people with severe disease can completely overcome and live amazing lives despite surgeries and hospital stays and stomas and and I got to experience that even more through Team Challenge.
This time we will be heading to Rock 'n Roll New Orleans 1/2 Marathon in February. I'm pumped to experience a Rock 'n Roll race and to go to a new city. Now...let the training and fundraising begin!
Want to donate to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America?
Visit my fundraising page here.
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