Today was a big motivational kick in the sore rear end in my world of marathon training and fundraising. Let me tell you why…
On Sunday I finally sat my arse down and wrote out fundraising emails to send to family, friends and colleagues. Yes, I know many of you received an email about a month ago, but I’m an editor and hadn’t deemed it fit to be mailed to the greater public. So sitting spread eagle with my legs covered in ice packs and Icy Hot (yeah, I’m obsessed), I spent the afternoon on my bedroom floor writing, editing, rewriting, editing… Seriously, some times I wish I could revert to my accountant-brain and just finger-vomit onto a keyboard and not care if it was grammatically correct, spell checked or even the slightest bit entertaining.
The result of those emails? Lots of donations today!! My colleagues, some of which I was very nervous to email because I hate asking people to part with their money, were very generous. (Thanks everyone!!) For the most part that is; not everyone believes in charity donations apparently, but annnnnnyways….
$20 here, $25 there, a fat check in the mail… and my number started to climb.
I’m up to $620.21 on the website with another $230 in checks on their way. That brings me to $850.21… 26% of my $3,200 goal. HOW FANTASTIC! I was panicking over the fundraising aspect of this endeavour (Oops, check out that Britishism; I’m gonna leave it for nostalgia value). Actually I’m still pacnicking, but slightly less.
What excited me the most was not that all these people are helping me reach my goal; it was the fact that they all considered Leukemia and Lymphoma an important cause worth contributing to. One colleague heard from the other ladies in the office (Im crap at including everyone on emails apparently) that I was fundraising and walked right over to offer a donation. After explaining what I was doing she told me about someone she knew who lost a child to Leukemia. I choked up. You really never know who its personally affected. Knowing she was donating in support of a personal experience made me feel so good about embarking on this challenge. 🙂
Thanks everyone… I’m getting there but still a long way to go. Soooo GO DONATE! 🙂
Now, on to the physical side of the equation…
Despite my aching knees, splintin’ shins and the tendonitis teasin’ ankles, I’m feeling really confident about the run. Tonight I ran a 5K down at Robert Moses Beach on LI. It was part of the State Parks Summer Series that includes a number of races at the different parks on LI.
(I just realized the Jones Beach race is the same day as the Nike team’s free Pure Yoga class. Such a tough one. I mean it’s a free yoga class at Pure, but at the same time, Id feel like I was cheating on Jones Beach if I didn’t race there. Jones Beach is my training ground; my outdoor gym; my respite. How can I NOT race it?)
I completed the race in 30:21. That’s a 10:06 average mile. Go me!
According to my iPhone/Nike+ personal assistant, that was my fastest 5K and fastest mile (9:36). Yay me! (I should have taken a photo; I need to work on this remembering to take photos thing.)
I ran it just how my coach told us to run the 5K taking place tomorrow instead of our training (No, I didnt know I was racing Tues when I signed up for this thing!)… smart and at an effort level 3 to 4. Towards the end I was huffing and puffing more than I probably should, and I definitely grunted at the end of the sprint I made for the finish line, but whatever, I rocked out my fastest time yet.
Overall a good day in the world of TNT. I’m feeling positive and optimistic and ready to raise a crapload of money for an awesome reason… and then go conquer the hills of SF.