Christina Bechtold wrote -
First of all, thank you so much for all the messages and outpouring of well wishes that I’ve received post my NYC marathon announcement, this has been an amazing encouragement. I’m not sure if I can say ‘I am ready’ but there is certainly no going back.
I’ve packed the supplements, hydration sachets and protein powders, survived the last long run of 33.5km (which did hurt more than expected…) and New York is waiting.
I wanted to add a small personal note to this. In addition to the great cause I am supporting (LAHI), this marathon will hopefully also mark a wonderful personal achievement. It has been 2 ½ years now, since I broke my ankle in all 3 places, having emergency surgery on Christmas Eve involving 9 pins and plates in order to fix it. The prognosis at the time was rather uninspiring with regards to any type of sports and running was particularly going to be off the table forever. Now - being my stubborn self - I didn’t quite take no for an answer and after an extensive physio, rehabilitation and strength training, I’m ecstatic that I am now feeling ready to tackle this task.
I’m looking forward to the race, however, I’m also very much looking forward to being a little bit more social again afterwards, leaving my trainers behind and enjoying a couple of glasses of wine again with all of you.
I am very excited to be running my first marathon in New York in 3 weeks time. As you know, I have participated in a number of duathlons and half marathons, but I have been saving my fundraising efforts for the big one.
I wanted to choose a charity very close to my heart and that I have been working with and for since their inception in New York back in 2006: Lend-A-hand-India (LAHI).
LAHI is a non-profit providing vocational training, career counselling and financing to people in rural communities and helping impoverished youth in India. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and I know the founders Raj Gilda and his wife Sunanda personally very well, meaning I can vouch not only for the genuine and tireless efforts being vested, but also know that 85% of funds raised go directly to projects in India.
We have launched multi-skilled vocational training programs in over 50 schools helping over 8,000 youth create sustainable change in their lives and their communities. LAHI's goal is to cover 20,000 youth by opening over 100 vocational training centers in high schools across India.. Those who know me well know that I am especially passionate about women's education, and I am very proud of the work LAHI does in that regard.
The marathon is not far away, just a few weeks, so this will be a very intense 3 weeks of gathering you all to hopefully support me and LAHI.
I can assure you that I will be in pain which some of you will be secretly enjoying. There'll also be pictures after a careful vetting process…
If you can, I would love for you to sponsor this great cause while I'm running my butt off, so please donate generously.
I look forward to seeing you all either before or after the marathon for suitable celebrations.