Last year I committed to something bigger than I ever have before. Bigger than any goal I had ever set for myself in the past and I stepped way outside of my itty-bitty comfort zone. I committed to running 165 miles in 6 days AND raising $10,000 to help fund research for finding a cure for MS. I had some serious questions in my head about being able to meet these goals that seemed so far out of reach. I had never participated in a fundraiser before, or committed to something that was of this nature- something that was for a bigger cause, beyond my personal needs or wants. I really had no idea how to begin a fundraiser or how I was supposed to train for this kind of mileage.
Luckily, I was given some great advice. A training plan was provided to each runner giving us a road map to get us started. I tweaked the plan just a bit to fit my personal schedule. This was the easier part, as I’m pretty good at following a training plan – it fits my personality profile. I just wrapped up week 5 of 19 for training and overall it’s going well. There are definitely some ups and downs, as with any training process. The weather has been cold and I just can’t seem to talk myself into getting into 5 layers of clothes and hitting the streets. I’ve been logging most of my miles on the treadmill, and it’s really starting to take a toll on me. My body is in need of some sun and scenery. The added cross training has been fun. I’ll admit – I’ve been sorer these past few weeks than I had been in quite some time. I’m definitely pushing my body, asking for it to do more, and I know that it will pay off this summer.
Week of 2/22/15 – Planned Miles: 44 Actual Completed Miles: 44
Sunday – 18 miles easy; Crossfit Endurance workout
Monday – Crossfit
Tuesday – 5 miles easy
Wednesday – 7 miles easy; Crossfit
Thursday – 7 miles easy; 60 mins indoor cycling
Friday – Crossfit
Saturday – 7 miles progressive pace
I did cut back on a few of my workouts this week compared to last. I’m trying to give my foot a little more time to heal. It’s important to stay injury free!
The other part of this whole commitment – raising $10,000, I had no idea how I was going to do this. Well, I’m here to say that I did it!! Not on my own by any means; I had a LOT of help, and some fabulous donors!! There are no words to fully express my gratitude and thanks to each person or company that has helped me reach my goal. I have truly been blown away at the support I’ve received from everyone. Reaching this goal this past week left me speechless. It reminds me of how loved and blessed I am.
Thank you to each and every person or company that donated to support me and MS Run the US. I’d like to include a few shout-outs this week. To see a full list of my donors, please visit my first-giving page.
And I’ll leave you with this one last quote – just because I think it’s fun, and we all should have a little fun in our days!