Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Bigger Picture

I feel like my running and my marathon training hasn't been going very smoothly. Last week, I had NO motivation to run while we were on our "vacation" at my parents' house for the holiday. I'm sure part of that was due to the heat, but also, I think I was a little burned out. Saturday morning, I met my friends for our shortest long run that we'll see for a while and everything seemed to be clicking back into place. Then life got in the way and I missed my Monday run. I know it's only week two of my training plan, but I had started thinking about what would happen if I backed off and "only" ran the half instead of the full.

Then I received this video from the Nationwide Children's Hospital Twitter account (@nationwidekids if you want to follow them) after I asked how RunFest 2012 went this past weekend:

It's an excellent reminder about WHY I chose to run the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and WHY I chose to raise funds for Children's Hospital. This race is NOT about me. It's about the kids. It's about my kids' safety and future. It's making sure that all children have access to healthcare.

After viewing that video, I hope you will agree with me that the 2012 Columbus Marathon is about much more than running 13.1 or 26.2 miles. I hope after viewing this video that you will visit My Fundraising Page and make a donation for the children. (Here is my post about why I chose to run as a Children's Champion).  Also, pick a mile! My goal is to raise $655 ($25/mile!). However, if you cannot donate $25, EVERY dollar helps, and if you're one of the first 27 donors, you can pick a mile (see the list below for available miles!)

Thank you to all that have donated already, but I still have a long way to go.

Thank you in advance for your donations!

As of 7/10, the following miles have been claimed:
1, 7, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 25, 26 & 26.2


  1. Claiming my mile! I want mile 25 just donated!!!

    1. Thanks, Deanna!!!!! mile 25 is YOURS! :)

  2. I'm taking Mile 14, Anne! In my mind, it's the toughest mile in the race because so many people make the left turn to the half marathon finish after reaching Mile 13. I want to be there at least in spirit to cheer you on to a great start in the second half. We can do this!!! Proud of you for what you are doing with this fundraising, too!

    1. Thanks, Dave! And I completely agree that 14 is HARD when the half and full start together. Luckily, as USAF Marathon, the full started 30mins before the half, so we didn't have everyone turning off. I was really thinking about turning at the halfway point of the Cleveland Marathon when everyone else did. It got lonely! Thanks so much for the donation and for the kind words. I know I'll see you at the finish line!

  3. Good on you Anne. I am sure that video will be on your mind every time you lace up and hit the pavement. Stay focussed and enjoy every minute of your training knowing that you are doing it for a very worthy cause. We are all there with you carrying you to that finish line. So glad I am part of it. xx


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