Thanks to the incredible generosity of my family, friends, and you out there in blog land, I not only made my goal of $250 dollars for Dayton Children's Hospital and the Air Force (Half) Marathon, I doubled it.
Thank you. I cried like a freaking baby.
So now, now my goal is to train for this mostly superhuman feat in the span of twelve weeks.
For the Columbus Half Marathon, I had sixteen weeks. And actually, I'd been training for eight to twelve weeks before that, for my very first 5K, doing a couch-to-5K program. For the uninitiated, a 5K is 3.1 miles. A half marathon is 13.1 miles, making a full marathon 26.2 miles. So.
Now, now I'm in training overdrive and already, I am feeling the burn out.
It's been hard to just suddenly be all LET'S GO RUN STUPID DISTANCES, even though I was doing that this time of year last year. I work in the evenings, which is when I used to train, so I've had to get my night owl butt up out of bed early and moving early while the kids are at camp so I don't miss time with them since I work evenings. It's a cycle.
And the kids are old enough to express their want to join me in running or their displeasure at my absence, so that's hard. Plus, not everything has be quiet on this western front so that adds stress and anxiety (both of which I know running helps alleviate) but makes it harder to actually get out the damn door and take time for myself because there are ELEVENBILLIONDY things I could be doing with that time instead.
Like blogging. Or talking to my support network. Or balancing the checkbook. Or or or ...
So. I've joined a couple of Facebook groups of friends that are helping each other stay on track with their health goals -- not just physical, but mental as well -- and I'm hoping that will help boost me back up when all I want to do it crawl back into bed and just lie in the darkness for a while (which is easy to do since my bedroom's all black).
Now, someone just has to keep me on track for the week I'm in California, and then I'll be almost halfway there.
Thank you again to everyone who donated. And you can still donate right up until the race, if you feel so inclined. It all goes to helping the kids of the Miami Valley get state of the art care right here at home, kids just like Kiedis and Tova.
Now I need to finish my coffee and go run those miles I didn't yesterday.