Many of you may remember when I ran a half marathon back in 2014 and over the course of my training raised $1100 for MiracleFeet. It was truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To see my friends, family, and complete strangers come together to support me in my racing as well as raising awareness for club feet, made me feel incredibly blessed.
I gave birth to Valerie 3 months ago and I’ve been itching to register for another half marathon. I ran one while pregnant but couldn’t actually race it. I’m ready now to work my way towards a personal best at both the half marathon and at fundraising. This time around I decided to look into more local organizations within my town of Charleston, SC. There are so many great organizations around here, it was a difficult decision picking one to run for. Thankfully, I plan on running many, many more half marathons, which will give me the opportunity to raise money for lots of great places.
I stumbled upon Birthdays for All during my search of non-profits in the area. It didn’t take long for me to decide this was going to be the organization that I put my effort into. Their mission is simple, give all children in foster care birthday presents. I have friends who foster children and they are some of the most selfless, caring people I know. To be able to help these children have the birthdays that they dream of is something I am happy to take part in. My oldest, Fiona, just turned 3 a few weeks ago and I remember distinctively the excited look on her face as she opened each of her presents. The sheer joy you see in a child as they tear open the wrapping paper is infectious. To think of the children out there who go through life without experiencing that joy is heart breaking. So this year as I train, I’ll be spreading the word about Birthdays for All as well as aiming to raise $1500 for the organization.
I’ve chosen the Rock n Roll half marathon in Savannah as my goal race. The race takes place on November 5th, 2016. It seems so far away but I know it will creep up on me fast. Most half marathon training plans run from 12-20 weeks. I just had a baby 3 months ago and know that I need to allow my body longer than that to achieve the goals I want to for this race. The bright side of this is that the longer I train, the longer I have to fundraise for this great organization. I plan on starting my training slowly, without an actual plan of action quite yet. It’s more about getting my feet underneath me again, strength training, and figuring out where to go from here. However, I have a lot of 5k races that I’m excited to share with you over the course of the next 8 months. This blog will serve as a way to record my training efforts, share news about Birthdays for All and the fundraiser, and showcase some local races that I do here in Charleston while gearing up for the Rock N Roll half marathon.
I hope you all will join me and follow my journey to my next big race. I’m so excited to be back in the game and back to helping children.
A special thank you to all those who support me in my crazy running adventures. It means so much to me to have such a great support system.
To donate to my fundraiser click here.