The last thing I thought I would be doing, after running the half at the Akron Marathon this past September, is signing up for a full marathon...but I did!! I will be running in the Akron Marathon again this year on September 27, 2014.
In March of 2013, when I told my friends, family and parents that I was planning on running the half they asked if I was raising money for a charity and I said no. I didn't want to raise money for a charity, only to not finish the race and disappoint everyone. I was able to successfully finish the half marathon in one piece so I figured I would try to complete a full marathon! Since I will be running my first full marathon I figured it would be a great opportunity to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Most of you know my mom has had this disease for many years, so it was very easy to pick the MS Society as my charity. One of the things that motivated me to stick with all the training on the days it was hot or raining, or when I had blisters on my feet, when my knees felt like they were going to give out or when I developed a nice case of peroneal tendonitis in my foot, was my mom. She has lived with pain most of her life but she has never complained or given up. So everytime I want to quit I think of how she would love the opportunity to run or walk and how determined she has always been.
In September, I can't guarantee that I will make it to the finish line but I can guarantee I will do my absolute best and give everything I have to cross it! I've already started to train; this will give me all the time I need to slowly increase my mileage and prevent injury.
If you would like to make a donation I would very much appreciate it! All you have to do is click on the 'Donate' button and you can pay with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express card! You will get an email with your receipt shortly after you make your donation. Since the race isn't until September 2014, you have plenty of time and many paychecks to come up with some $$$ for a nice donation...lol! I'm just joking! Any amount would be greatly appreciated...there is a $10 minimum though! If you really like me, please tell everyone you know to help spread the word.
I will be sending out email newsletters every couple of months with my progress and to tell you how bad I hurt! If you want me to send you my amazing newsletters email me at email@example.com and I will add your email to the mailing list. Again, thanks for your donation!