26.2 miles. It's a long, long distance. It's longer than I've ever run before, and will ever run again. The last time I tried to train for a marathon I ended up on crutches...so this time around I wasn't sure I could really do it. But I've had lots of great help/tips/support (it takes a village!). It wasn't until I've gone into the home stretch - the longest of the long training runs - that I really started believing I CAN do this. But it's not done yet. I've got 26.2 miles on October 13 to find out what I'm made of.
It's an emotional rollercoaster out there. Around mile 8 I start to think why am I doing this? Maybe I can't. There'll be 18 more miles? Yikes. The guy who originally did this died? Double yikes. But I know there's folks out there who are cheering me on, and that gets me through (with the help of a good playlist!). I'm thinking for October 13, I need all the help I can get. When I hit mile 20.2 and it's the farthest I've ever run in my life, and I've still got to stride out for 6 more miles, I want to roll deep. I'm talking 100+ people who have given me a digital fistbump of support. So here's where you come in...
The cause is one close to my Rasty heart: African wildlife. Check out my video to find out why that's my cause (if you are Dartmouth peoples, you already know. If not, learn something about me....it's interesting, Rasty promise!) The $2620 ($100/mile) is pretty random and arbitrary, if you can give $2, $5, $10, that's awesome. If you can give more, all the more cheddar to a worthy cause.
But it's really not about the cash, you see. It's about the fact that I know that you know that I can do it. Give what you can, say what you mean, support me on race day as I find out, once and for all, what I'm made of!