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Not only would I like to raise enough to fund this program, but I regularly volunteer for Horsey House Calls... Let me tell you what I plan to do to raise the funds...
The year was 2014. I made a decision to run my 1st full marathon after running my first two half marathons in South Lyon and Dexter-AA. I impulsively registered 2 weeks before the marathon. Mainly because that day was the cutoff to guarantee that I would get a t-shirt. I still wear that tech tee.
Let me tell you how my only full marathon panned out:
Forgot to set my alarm, awoke about 30 minutes before the gun, and I lived 30 minutes away from Kensington at the time. Within 30 seconds of internal deliberating, I quickly threw on some shorts, a tee and my shoes and threw some other clothes in a duffle bag and ran out the door. I didn't brush my teeth or rink a sip of water.
I somehow didn't get a speeding ticket on the way there driving down I-96, and arrived as the gun went off. I still hadn't checked in yet, since it was such a small race (about 40 registrants; I heard only 25 showed up). I tried to use the restroom before running, but (according to Murphy's Law) it was filled up - AFTER THE RACE had already started!
I got my bib, and approached the vacant starting line. It was quiet and I told a gentleman at the start "I'm late..." He took note of my bib and said "all right, you're good to go."
I did not stretch or warm up. No water, no bathroom, morning breath and all.
I just tried to put the chaos behind me and go for what would be a solitary run with my earbuds firmly set. I treated it just like another run by myself.
I ended up finishing 12th of the 25 runners, and hit the bathroom while on the course.
I only walked for the better part of mile 25, and said to myself "there is absolutely NO WAY I am walking across that finish line." So I worked back up to a jog for the final 1.2.
That's the story of my 1st treacherous Marathon and only one to date. That is why this one is called "Jimmy's Gonna Stretch This Time."