Good morning and Happy Monday! Hope all of you had a great weekend
I am especially excited for this particular Monday because it marks the beginning of my last official week of work! After Friday rolls around I will have two weeks of pure summer enjoyment all to myself before heading back up to school.
What do I plan to do during those two weeks? Absolutely nothing.
Well not really nothing, but there’s just something special about not having a set schedule or any prior commitments and just being able to “go with the flow.” Plus, I have plenty of friends down in Miami that I still need to see before my time is up!
Anyway, a few days ago—I received this pamphlet in the mail:
For any of you who do not know, I trained with Central Florida Team in Training group for the Nike Women’s Full Marathon in San Francisco last October. During the grueling five months of preparation and chaffing (TMI?), I worked my butt off to subsequently raise $2,954.20 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
(See my old fundraising page here)
Although at the time I felt as if I was struggling to balance an overwhelming plate (full time student, part time job, social life, and marathon training)—it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I would never take back. I can honestly say that no matter how stressed out I got, how many days I dreaded those early morning wakeup calls, or how many pairs of running shoes I had to invest in, the minuscule battle that I endured was absolutely nothing compared to the battle that those cancer survivors had to go through on a daily basis.
I can honestly say that there is no feeling even mildly comparable to crossing the 26.2 mile finish line with cancer survivors by your side.
Approaching the finish line with tears of accomplishment.
If any of you are interested, I put together a compilation of video clips and photographs to summarize my marathon experience in San Francisco that October. I strongly recommend that you watch it —I’m confident that this video does my journey a lot more justice than any paragraph summary I could write.
(or you can watch it here)
If any of you are interested in getting involved with Team in Training, click here to find out what’s happening in your area.
For breakfast this morning—I had a hankering for some oats
1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 Tablespoon ground flax, 1 sliced banana (whipped in), nutmeg, cinnamon, Truvia, salt, and a handful of blueberries
Followed by a cup of coffee non-Christmas mug (which is a rare occurrence)
A bit to think about: Would you ever consider training for an event to support a cause?