BENEFITING: The Boot Campaign
EVENT DATE: Oct 19, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 218
My Goal: Complete my very first 70.3 IronMan in combat boots
What I'm not....
- I’m not a runner.
- I recently learned how to swim.
I’m not a high level cyclist.
I'm not a high level athlete of any kind
What I am....
- I’m a young mom of 6 children.
- I'm the proud mother of a United States Marine
- I'm a bleeding heart
What I do....
I run/walk 5K, 1/2 marathons, and triathlons in combat boots
In 2011 when my son left for USMC boot camp I struggled with him being gone and knowing life for us all would forever change. During his 13 weeks at Parris Island I decided to walk everyday in USMC combat boot from The Boot Campaign. Those boots gave me something to pour my heart into. They gave me an outlet; they gave me peace. In September that same year I signed up for my fourth 1/2 marathon. It was the first I ever had the courage to walk up to the starting line of. My very first 1/2 marathon was done in my combat boots. That day; the mental and physical struggles that I experienced on the course changed my life forever. I have since done more 5K’s than I can count, I’ve done 3 1/2 marathons, 2 triathlons all in combat boots.
I am now training for my very first 70.3 (half) Ironman again doing the run portion in boots. I am doing this to raise money for The Boot Campaign but more importantly to bring awareness to the many needs of our military.
Every step I take in my boots is a love letter to my son and an outpouring of gratitude for our service men and women. I would love your support.