Now that I am in month 3 of this competition, I am beginning to feel the "sense of urgency" for what lies ahead. While 13 miles (half marathon distance) seems much more like a reality than I could even fathom just two months ago, I still have such a long way to go. On Saturday's run, I made the mistake of not making sure I was hydrated before my run (I woke up super thirsty and tried to chug a couple glasses of water, which obviously was much too little too late). Because I was so dehydrated, I started cramping in my left calf (horrible pain, like getting stabbed in the back of my leg with a knife). But not wanting to relent, I tried to run through it, and I am pretty sure I made it worse. Now I am limping around trying to figure out how I am going to burn calories. It is times Ike these that in the past I'd say to heck with it, eat something completely bad for me and tell myself I'll get back on the wagon when I feel better.
But I don't have that luxury now. I am running those 13 miles in a few short months, and every pound counts. So hopefully I will recover quickly, and I'll be hitting the bike, elliptical, and pool in the meantime.
Now for the big ask. Any of you that know me probably know that I really enjoy coaching and being around kids in general. So just to make this whole journey just a little bit more meaningful, I have decided to ask anyone who is willing to pledge either a "per pound" amount (ex. $1 per pound lost) or even just a flat donation after this is all over that I will combine together to make a donation the The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. So if any of you are willing to pledge, just message me on Facebook or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just let us know the amount and a good way to get in touch with you in April (if we don't know already of course).
The support from all of my friends as well as people that I barely know has been amazing. I appreciate everything, and I promise, I won't let you down.