Friday, March 18, 2011

Almost Here!

So, I have 1 full day and a few hours left until the LA Marathon which is this Sunday. I am so proud and happy to say that I made my fundraising goal of $1,050.00, to cover Bonnie's surgery. I honestly didn't think I would make it but I did!!!! Thank you so much to those people that came through and supported me.

I can't believe that I will be walking this Sunday. It seems so long ago when I first started training, 16 weeks to be exact. A lot of stuff has happened between then and now but I am still walking. This was my last official week of training and I got really emotional on Monday while on the treadmill. I'm sure the other gym patrons enjoyed that!

When I first started this goal, I remember that in my mind, I would think about my kids being stranded somewhere and me having to walk to them. Sadly, the Japan earthquake happened last week and I had heard someone on tv who lives in Japan, saying that after the quake, everyone was walking and walking for hours and they were all so tired. Thinking about that, has become one of my new means of motivation because I could not imagine how scared they all must have been but they kept on going.

I also think of my brother Frank and how he was alive when I started this journey and now he's in heaven. He will be the angel on my back, giving me wings to fly.

"A marathoner is a marathoner regardless of time. Virtually everyone who tries the marathon has put in training over months, and it is that exercise and that commitment, physical and mental, that gives meaning to the medal, not just the day’s effort, be it fast or slow. It's all in conquering the challenge."

Mary R. Wittenberg, president, New York Road Runners Club:

All of the marathon participant's name were on this car

Up close picture of the car with my name. My name was there two times because there was a mix-up and someone registered me twice.


Mom of Three said...

Way to go!! Sorry that it didn't go as well as you had hoped for. Maybe next year will be better :)

Karen said...

You rock girl! I am so proud of you & what you accomplished!!