Well it’s the big weekend, and first and foremost I would like to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who supported me in raising $3000 for the Arthritis Foundation to run in the New York City Marathon.
WE DID IT!!
I obviously could not have done it without the contributions of so many people, and I am eternally grateful for all of you who believed in me and believe in this cause. You truly are supporting a great thing. As of Halloween night (and I think the fundraising officially closes tonight), I’ve raised $3,095, surpassing the goal of $3000! So exciting!! Even more, our Arthritis Foundation team of 25 people have exceeded our goal of $80,000! So again, let me say thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude from the people in my life.
This will be quick because it’s two nights before the big race, EEeeekk! I’m heading down to NYC Saturday (tomorrow) morning, thrilled about all the excitement and vendors at the expo, and a carbo load brunch with the Foundation as well. Thankfully no rain is in the forecast for Sunday, but it looks like a nice November high of 48 degrees with a good gust of wind. I’ll be sure to have tights and a long sleeve on for the entirety of the race!!
I’m so, SO excited to run with tens of thousands of people (somewhere around 72,000) who have trained for months for this day, just like me. People who have overcome obstacles to do this race, who are running this race for the 10th time, or newbies like me, all working towards the same monstrous goal of 26.2 miles. The crowds are going to be ecstatic, the adrenaline is going to be pumping, and the legs are going to be moving on Sunday morning.
I. Can’t. Wait.
So I believe the race is broadcasted on ABC both on TV and online, and in addition, you can track runners HERE to see their progress and such. It’s probably going to be the most boring thing to track people chugging along from mile to mile for four hours, but in case you love me enough, my bib number is 43827 and I’m in the third wave beginning at 1030 in the orange corral. I believe the first race begins at 9:30AM with the professional women. I’m shooting for a goal time of under 4hrs, which I think is actually pretty ambitious actually, so we’ll see what reaaallly ends up happening, haha.
Anyways, wish me luck and keep my in your prayers that I cross that finish line! I know so many things could happen on race day, but I know the LORD goes before me and will keep me safe!
XO Until I cross that finish line!