BENEFITING: Best Buddies International, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Best Buddies International, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
HI. I'm Jessica. I'm what people would refer to as, "Not a Runner". The only running I've ever done was either what was mandated in gym class, or required by my overly active terrier when he takes off running down the beach.
So here I am. Signing up for a Half Marathon- which I intend to complete, all 13.1 miles of it- running the entire time.
Why the Long Beach Marathon?
1. For the first time ever, Best Buddies California is a charity partner of the Long Beach Marathon. I've had the fortunate privilege of working for this organization for the last 11 years on 2 coasts- and fully believe in the power of cultivating volunteers to provide opportunities for friendship, leadership, and employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). If moving one foot in front of the other for 13.1 miles is all I have to do to raise some money and awareness for this important cause, I'm all over it.
2. I love Long Beach. I've lived here the last 2 years, and absolutely fell in love with the culture, sense of community, and tight knit neighborhoods with a hint of that 'big city' vibe. So anytime there's an opportunity to support the city I love, I'm all over it. I love how much this community gives back, and as an added perk, I get to train for the half marathon on the actual course every week!
3. I want to challenge myself. Running is COMPLETELY outside my comfort zone. I don't know how to 'do this correctly'- so I'm winging it. Learning as I go. Being persistent. Meeting other 'non runners'. Celebrating my little victories, and focusing on my own pace, my own path, and not comparing my progress to others.
ANYWAY- this is my journey, and I hope you'll support it! Cheer me on. Give me running tips! Join Team Best Buddies! Come volunteer during marathon weekend! Heck, you can even make a donation and support Best Buddies!
Thanks for reading my story. See you in Long Beach on October 9th!