It’s finally here… The Los Angeles Marathon 2014! I can’t believe it. I’ve spent seven months in training, went through six pairs of running shoes and ran a total of 348 miles; the equivalent to running to San Francisco from Los Angeles! I never used to think of myself as a runner but feel I’ve now earned my stripes. I cannot wait to do this and am so proud to be doing it alongside two of the coolest cats that have ever graced my path- my husband Joe and my good friend Nadim. On Sunday, we’ll be representing St Jude Children’s Hospital, the families that they aid and the many individuals that donated, allowing us to reach our goal and run with purpose.
It’s interesting, when I first started, I was given a myriad of opinions. Strong opinions. I didn’t ask for them. My mind was already set but I listened. I get it. It’s human to worry. The whole project was a lofty one and totally out of our norm. I made sure to do my research, found the right training/eating plan and scheduled a few appointments with specialists in order to add a professional outlook to that list of opinions. After that, any little black cloud that tried to push it’s way into my game plan was simply used for fuel. When they rained, I pursued it with greater confidence, stronger legs and insatiable endurance. Over time, I found my group of supporters and not just through donations but through words, gestures. In a journey like this, your true believers; your true friends and family are the ones who cheer you on no matter the odds and help you up when you’re completely exhausted. I could not have done it without them. That encouragement was priceless. Today I am proud to state that my team and I have succeeded in raising over $8000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I’m up to eighteen miles in distance. Sunday will cap me out at the well-known 26.2. So a whole lot of good came out of this! Which, reminds me of a quote I came across recently…
“Only those who will risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” -TS Eliot
You never know until you try so…. Let’s Do This!!!!!! Keep an eye out for BIB# 11456!