The SoleSisters – plus 1 (our friend Lisa), met up in Cumming, GA for the Peach Jam Half Marathon (http://www.dirtyspokes.com/georgia-peachjam-half-marathon/ ) on 4/16/16. The night before, we ate our usual pizza pre-race meal and got everything set out for Saturday morning. Because the race was located close to the hotel, we didn’t have to get up too early – that is always a bonus in our book! The weather was perfect for the race. We drove out, got our packets and then headed to the start line. There we met a fellow 100 Half Marathons Club member/50 States Half Marathon Club member, Ali. We took a few photos and waited for the race to begin. The race took place on the Big Creek Greenway where we all struggled with the amount of concrete; but other than that we just took it easy and enjoyed our time together. Since we were all hurting a bit, we did not stick around after the race for long and left shortly after finishing; only to find out later that Sue finished 2nd in her age group!!
The rest of the weekend was filled with relaxation, refueling, and more planning of races and fundraising.
We have some exciting events coming up over the next year. Once they are set in stone, we will be sure to tell you all about them. So stay tuned!
Our big news of the week is that we have teamed up with Bravelets! Check them out. Super great ideas for Mother’s Day, birthdays, graduation gifts or a just because you deserve it!
Next up – Rhonda runs Race 13.1 Knoxville on May 1. Come out and cheer her on!
On April 2, I was in Springfield, IL to run the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon (http://runabe.srrc.net/). I was having my own set of struggles that morning as the weather was definitely not up my alley. A cool 28 degrees and the wind was blowing 18 mph with it increasing throughout the race to 25 mph. I truly wanted to stay in my nice warm vehicle and just pretend I had ran it. But, I knew that in reality there is no pretending – you either do it or you don’t. Don’t wasn’t an option – not with knowing the main reason I was running. Those with ALS don’t get to wake up and say “I don’t feel like having this disease today” and I knew that I would regret not running when I was completely able to. And so I did – I actually had my best race time in over 2 years! I was very pleased. Maybe it was the high five I got to give President Lincoln and his wife Mary as I ran by their home that gave me the extra boost of luck. I will never know. After the race, while trying to find my husband, (somehow we always forget to set up a rendezvous point) I saw a fellow Half Fanatic (Stacia) and asked to borrow her phone. We began talking and I told her why I was running in Springfield and she proceeds to tell me that her Dad died from ALS. I was in disbelief. For Sue and I to meet someone who dealt with ALS first hand as a caregiver on our first run for the cause and now this 2 weeks later, I just couldn’t believe it. I had goosebumps and could not wait to tell Sue. Meeting Stacia and hearing her life story of losing her father to ALS was the perfect reminder of why I don’t give in to the fleeting thoughts of not running.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 – Sue and Rhonda each have a race not together but still united for 20 for #20.
When that alarm went off at 2:45 am March 26 and I heard the gentle pitter patter of rain on the roof, it would have been so easy to just roll over and go back to sleep. But that was not an option. I was scheduled to run for Tim that morning; and run I would. By 4:40, I was in the car starting the two hour drive to Run Skidaway .
Despite thunder and lightning threatening to delay or cancel the race, the rain stopped long enough for an on-time start. This is my second year running this race and I love the course that meanders through Skidaway Island, GA. The race staff, course support, and island residents are supurb.
Did it rain? Oh heck yes! Did I care? Oh heck NO! I enjoyed every single minute of running my third race of my 20 for #20 endeavor knowing there are so many others who would give almost anything for the opportunity.
I ran the IRecylce HM in Spartanburg, SC. http://www.go-greenevents.com/event/id/4677 It was a beautiful day – I actually wore shorts and a tank top. The weather was perfect but that course! WOW – Holy Bat Hills! It was unbelievably hilly and I gave it my all because all I kept thinking about were all of those people who would love to be out there. It worked – it powered me through. I found out the next day that I actually placed 3rd in my age group! Complete shock!
March 19th, Sue and I set out on our first official 20 for #20 half marathon. We choose the Grasslands Trail run in Decatur, TX for our kickoff race. http://www.nttr.org/grasslands/
It was an incredible run that gave us plenty of time to think of the obstacles that those with ALS face on a daily basis. We had to overcome some mud, thick sand, a creek crossing, rocks, ruts, tree roots and a briar patch but it was well worth it and nothing in comparison to what the ALS patients have going on. An interesting moment occurred as we were eating a little breakfast prior to heading out to the trail start. We met Ms. Tina, the breakfast hostess at the Decatur Holiday Inn Express. She saw our shirts and was intrigued. Then, she shared her story – she had become the sole caregiver to Mrs. Robinson, a dear friend of hers, who succumbed to the disease while Ms. Tina held her hand. We were in complete awe that on our first outing we would meet someone who could relate to the struggles of ALS and understand why we have chosen to raise awareness and funds for the ALS TDI Research.
The following day, March 20th, we ran the A2A half marathon in Ardmore, OK. http://www.a2amarathon.com/ This would be our second race of 60 for ALS (we are doing them in increments of 20 hence the name 20 for #20). It was a cold and windy Oklahoma morning but again, we were reminded of our cause as we fought through the elements even though our bodies wanted to quit. It is a privilege for us to still be able to get out there and run – and run we shall.
We will continue to chronicle our journey through June 2017 here.
We are also excited to announce that Your Pie in Greenville,SC http://www.yourpie.com/stores/greenville/ is the first to team up with our fundraising efforts by hosting a fundraiser night every 3rd Thursday evening of the month through June 2017. Continue to follow as we will have additional fundraising events throughout the next year.
The link to our ALS fundraising page is https://www.classy.org/events/20-for-20/e70363
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