Yesterday was a pretty amazing day! It started with a killer speed session with speed demon Ashley before Physical Therapy, some super twitchy needling (this part was not awesome, but I was suuuuper tight today, so obviously it was necessary), and then I met up with this amazing lady.
Susan has run multiple times in the Olympic trials, and she runs something ridiculous like a 2:42 marathon! You know, about the amount of time it takes me to run half that. As soon as she told me that, I felt like I was talking to Bernadette Peters. What? You’re not musical theatre obsessed like me and that means nothing to you? Okay, I felt like I was talking to Meryl Streep! You want to know what else??? She didn’t start running until she was 36 years old! And she ran her first marathon in about 4 hours. Talk about freaking inspiration!
Turns out she’s kind of like a running celebrity here in Phoenix! She also happens to be my coach for the New York City Marathon!!
And now if she reads this she will think I’m a crazy stalker and probably disown me. I knew when I made this commitment that I had made the right choice, and I was super excited, but after talking to Susan yesterday, I realize just how amazing this organization is, and how lucky I am to be working with such an incredible coach on my first full marathon.
She also explained a little bit more about what Chances for Children does, and how my fundraising will offer physical education and fitness opportunities to kids who can’t even afford to buy shoes. There are several events that I have the opportunity to be a part of and see exactly where this money is going, and I cannot wait to get more involved!
If you would like to be a part of this journey with me, you can donate here. No pressure, and there will also be some fun things for sale over in these parts soon, so there are lots of ways you can be a part of this endeavor, including some awesome virtual cheer leading. 😉