To all of my friends, family and supporters:
Thank you. With 9 days to go (eek!) I wanted to express to all of you how much it has meant to my family and I that you have supported my run in the NYC Marathon in honor of my sister-in-law, Elizabeth.
My friends and family, friends and co-workers of my family… people who mean the world to me and people I have never met- all donated financially to the Organ Donor Network and made this race possible. It has brought me to joyful tears on multiple occasions. To all of you- THANK YOU for believing in me. The thought of your support has helped me to get through some of my rougher training days.
I have pestered the heck out of my Uncle Randy and my friends, Chris and Besch for running tips. These three guys were quick to donate and have been wonderful advisors the last few months. All have completed marathons and their advice and support has been so helpful.
I also want to say an additional “thank you” to my Father-in-law, Larry Turner. I know he went out and really campaigned on my behalf and a lot of you found out about this race because of him. I really appreciate all of his friends and co-workers who do not know me but felt compelled to send in your donation. He has some great friends and I thank you all for your support this past year.
A quick update…
My training has been a mix of emotions. It’s been really neat for me to go from being a “non-runner” to someone who can book two hours out of my morning and crank out a half marathon on a Saturday. I started off wearing cute yoga wear. Now, I wear a runner’s hat, carry a fuel belt and wear knee-high compression socks. I’m not hardcore, but I sure look the part!
Physically, I have had a few (expected) injuries. I am putting my body through some serious training in a short amount of time and have been paying for it. I have a taped shoulder (old injury from my swimming days), a busted knee and a neuroma in my foot. All that being said, I think my body is going to handle the course well and I am hoping to only walk-away with the typical battle scars of swelling and blisters.
Mentally, I am scared, excited, anxious and ready to get this show on the road! I have found out that I really enjoy running and I love how it clears my head. Spiritually, I have this thing on lock. I know I can run 20 miles with no problem. The last six are going to be a beast and, from most accounts, where people start hitting the “wall.” At that point, I hope to pull-out my secret weapon and have Elizabeth pick me up and carry me across those last few miles. But, if they have to use a spatula to scrape me off of the pavement at least they will see by my uniform that I support organ donation!
This is the biggest marathon in the world. We will be taken to the Staten Island starting line by ferry boat and will wait there for three hours before my start time. I had exactly the right amount of sponsors to assign each family a “mile” of my race. I will be thinking of each of you as I crank along the race. Additionally, some of you have supplied me with some awesome music to run to! For those of you who haven’t already, I would love it if you had some music suggestions for me to listen to during your mile of the race! Something awesome to run to, a song that reminds you of Elizabeth or a song that will keep my head in the game! Feel free to send 3 or 4 selections if you would like to! Your music selections and the cheering crowd will hopefully distract me from the pain! Feel free to e-mail me with your song choices this week: GoTeamTurner@gmail.com
My husband, Brian has decided to make the trip to New York with me. I am SO happy that he will be there. I will need someone to carry my luggage and to carry ME home when my legs are unavailable. It means the world to me that he will be there to cheer and to attend the Organ Donor Network dinner. Training for the marathon is a ton of work and a major time commitment and he was there to hold down the fort while I was out running. Brian and the girls were out at my training runs with water and Gatorade “stations” and to cheer and hold-up their “Go Mommy” signs. It’s hard not to feel like a champion when you have that kind of support at home and I am glad I will have that support in New York as well.
I will be posting updates before and after the race on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, please feel free to send me a friend request if you would like to follow along! I’m sure Brian will be taking a ton of photos and posting on my page as well on race day. https://www.facebook.com/shannon.m.turner
Some of you have also requested my phone number for race day text messaging purposes. Thank you for that- I’ll love the distraction as I wait at the start line! My number is (770)324-8774.
Thank you to everyone. I feel truly blessed to have all of you behind me and I cannot wait to send an update on Monday to let you know I made it!