I can't believe I haven't written about the marathon yet.... I am a terrible blogger....
To refresh your memory, on November 11, Taysen's aunt Tawnee and I ran the Santa Barbara International Marathon, as part of Team GSF. We collaboratively raised over $135,000 dollars -- beyond amazing! There were over 100 people on the team, people who were connected to SMA in some way shape or form. Parents, aunts, friends, co-workers.. all offering their support and actually doing something to make a difference.
This was one of the most special experiences of my life. Something that I will never, ever forget, and something that I felt proud to be a part of. I felt proud of myself for completing my second full marathon, but mostly I felt proud to be raising some awareness, and be part of something that will make an impact on this terrible disease. As much as I hate to refer to something that is a very part of my son as terrible, it truly is a disgusting disease and there is no other way to put it.
|Here is my training schedule taped to my fridge. the best part was crossing off each and every run. ( i never missed one)|
I'm thankful for my sister in law for being such a big supporter of Taysen, me, and SMA. We ran all of our long runs together and I have many, many wonderful memories of those times.
|Tawnee, Gwendolyn and I at the pre race dinner. It was so great to finally meet this little hero. She was very excited to run in her first half marathon when we took this photo.|
|I got this for my new niece! Aunt Mia is having a baby in June|
|Here we are just before we left the hotel room. Nervous. And Excited.|
|Here I just crossed the finish line with a time of 4:06, so thankful it's OVER!|
|stretching in the sun, on the football field where the race ended.|
|one of the highlights of the weekend... walking barefoot in the sand right after the race.|
|So happy in this picture.. we did it! I had never been to Santa Barbara before, and now I must go back. It is absolutely beautiful there.|
|another highlight.. these are the SMA moms who ran in the half or full marathon. It was such a great experience to connect with these amazing mamas after the race.|
Again, i want to thank my amazing friends and family...you all are so generous to support us and help us surpass our fundraising goal. I thought about each and every one of you with every donation I saw come in, and every text and facebook post offering encouragement and prayers.
I don't have any long distance runs planned in my future. BUT you just never know what could happen in the future :)
Finally, because Gwendolyn's mom has captured the feeling of the weekend so perfectly, please read her blog, HERE