Friday, March 29, 2013

Fall Plans

 Originally the plan was to run Chicago with my brother and NYC Marathon.  Well, that changed in December when my brother had a massive heart attack at 32 years old.  I knew that I still wanted to experience Chicago with him and that was obviously out the door.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  Come mid January, I made the decision to upgrade to the full at Wineglass Marathon on October 6.

 This will be my target race, going for the BQ!  Well, as time progressed and my brother grew stronger, completed cardiac and pretty much amazed everyone with his recovery he was okayed to run Chicago.  He is now working out and running regularly and doing amazing things!  So, registration opened and we know how that went.  He didn't get registered and I was registered twice.

  He decided to reach out and received a comp entry as a "role model" patient.  They will follow his story as he trains, runs and completes the Marathon.  His first race since is heart attack is coming up next weekend, The Shamrock Shuffle 8k.

I probably would of chosen guaranteed entry in 2014 in NYC if had known how things would of played out but I am so excited to hit the streets of  NYC in November!

 I am now registered for the Wineglass Marathon on October 6 (my 8th anniversary), The Chicago Marathon on October 13 and the NYC Marathon on November 3.  Not an ideal marathon schedule but guess I'll get my Marathon Maniac status :)

What marathon(s) do you have coming up?  Have you done more than one in a "season"? How do I survive it ?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Thanks to Some Wonderful Companies!

Here we much has happened since I have last blogged!  I want to start with a shout out to some amazing companies!  On March 1, a guy I graduated with and his wife were killed in a car accident.  They were traveling back to their hometown.  In the car with them were their 3 children (ages 12, 9, and 3) and two dogs.  The three children and one of the dogs survived.  This story just tugs at my heart.  It is one of my biggest fears as a parent.  Two people taken from this Earth way too soon.  The support from the community has been amazing.  This upcoming weekend there is a raffle benefit at a local hockey game and un April there is another benefit.  The running group that I am in is donating a basket to be raffled off at the April benefit.  We reached out to some companies for help and I can't believe the support that we have received! My love for these companies has grown even more!  So far our gift basket will include 4 tubes of Nuun and a Nuun pint glass, $30 Road ID gift card, $60 gift certificate from Aspaeris Pivot Shorts, a Running Skirt, shirt, compression socks and bag from Running Skirts, 6Bic Bands, 2 Sparkly Soul headbands, Running Warehouse sweatshirt, hat and socks, 2 pairs of PRO Compression socks, 1 SPIbelt and a box of mint chocolate Clif Bars.  These companies have been amazing and will always be supported by me!!!  If you know of any other ideas to add or companies that might be able to help please let me know! The raffle takes place on April 20.  If you can help in anyway a trust fund has been set up for the boys.  Thanks!