Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly Walking Update

Walking last week was difficult for me. Not sure why but I didn't have the energy and I wanted to throw in the towel. I actually didn't walk on Wednesday and Friday, cut my walk from 4 to 3 miles. I really wanted to quit but I thought of Bonnie and how she is counting on me so I continued with one foot in front of the other. I'm glad I did as today's 4 miles went much better and I had more energy than I did all week. Saturday, the other moms and I walked 10 miles and we did great, averaging around 16 minute miles. I sure hope I can keep up that pace during the marathon.

I've also had some people donate so a HUGE shout out to Dad, Colleen, and G!!! I am humbled and feel so much gratitude that people would take the time to support me in this journey. I still have a long way to go with fundraising so please, any amount is helpful, even if it's $5. That $5 could change a child's life, especially Bonnies.

A couple weeks ago, the whole family walked together. Well, it was more like Jerry and I walked and Gracie and Kyle rode. It's awesome to have the support of my family and it's so cute because every Saturday when I go to walk, Gracie asks me, "Are you going to walk for Bonnie?". I love it!!!

The ride wore Kyle out, lol

We had summer type weather, hence the flip flops and short sleeves

Don't forget, you can click on the thermomter to donate electronically or click here For check donation, see post below this one or at the top of my blog, there is a link titled Walking for Bonnie which contains that info. You can also send the check directly to me and I will forward it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

LA Marathon

This past November, I was whining to my friend Karen about how out of shape I was and really needed to do something about it as I could barely walk up a set of stairs without huffing and puffing. Karen, who is a volunteer coordinator for an awesome organization called Love Without Boundaries that helps orphaned children in China, mentioned to me that she was going to sponsor a child through the organization and walk the LA Marathon in March and why didn't I join her and our other friend Paula. After I finished laughing, I realized that she was actually serious. I couldn't believe the next words that came out of my mouth but I said yes and the next thing that I knew, I was given a training schedule for the next 16 weeks.

My first day of training way back in that first week of December was VERY difficult. I was to walk an easy pace of 3 miles. Let's put it this way, Jerry went to the gym with me and was still waiting for me after an hour and 15 minutes. Gradually, each day of walking started to get a little bit easier. As the length of walks started getting longer and longer, I had to dig deep and a lot of emotions went through me (they still do) as I trained.

When I tell people people that I am walking the LA Marathon, they think I am nuts. Sure, in the beginning, I wanted to get in shape but as those days of walking rolled by and it was just the treadmill and I, I really had time to think. Each time I want to quit, I think about all the people I am walking for. Bonnie, the little girl that I am sponsoring and all the kids in China that are just like her, waiting for forever families. The people that would like to walk the marathon but can't or think they can't. My brother Frank who was just diagnosed this last July with Stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 52.

Now that you know my "story", I am writing this post to ask just one thing of you. Please sponsor me, so Bonnie, the little girl I am walking for, can get her surgery. Bonnie has a repaired cleft lip and still needs to have her palate repaired. The amount that I am raising is $1050.00, which is the cost of Bonnie's surgery. What does $1050.00 mean to most people? A new tv, a computer, a down payment for a car. For Bonnie, this amount could mean a chance for a new life, a chance to be adopted.

Think about it. What if it were your child, your grandchild, niece, nephew or a child you deeply cared about? How far would you walk for them? I know that if it were Gracie or Kyle, I would walk forever....

Please click here to sponsor me via debit or credit card. Or, you can click on the thermometer, located at the sidebar of my blog. If you prefer to write a check, you can send it directly to me or send it to:

Love Without Boundaries

P.O. Box 25016

Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0016

Make sure you note my name and LA Marathon 2011 on the memo portion of your check.

Every week, I will update my blog to let you know my training progress is going.