Week 9: February 29-March 6th
Total Sponsorship Amount: $70
Total amount donated by the sponsors: $140
Current Fundraising Total: $10,150
It is March! The first week of spring! So awesome! The hard part is done, if you ask me. Now it can only get better, with more light and warmer temperatures and hopefully not very much more snow coming over the the next month. And if it does snow, at least it melts quick usually. And I have started doing some running this last week. I am taking walk breaks to be cautious and not come back to quick, but I had a couple days this week of doing 2.5-4 miles in a day, which is a start and much better than ZERO! I feel some discomfort in my upper hamstring, but hopefully it won’t get any worse than just discomfort for awhile… And I am getting a cortisone shot this upcoming Tuesday, so I hope that helps. I think the plan is to get a couple before Boston, and then maybe another one after Boston and before MS Run the US. I have to take several days off after the shot, so this next week I may go backwards a little again, but hopefully after that I can get more consistent and get some longer, pain free runs in. That is my hope. One week at a time… I am just so happy I got to run some Friday and Saturday when the weather was nice again. I am so ready for it to stay like this all the time! Hopefully that snow we are supposed to get on Tuesday doesn’t happen! I would be okay with that!
Fundraising is going well, and just a reminder about the last event coming up on March 10th! Karama from 6-10 pm, go and eat, drink and play trivia in the basement of Karma and my friend Danny is donating all his tips to MS Run the US. I hope you can make it!! Have a great week everyone! Now I have the pleasure of introducing the two sponsors of the week, Bryan Rynders and Pat Garvin! (Both on their third week of sponsoring since January 2015!)
Sponsor #1: Bryan Rynders
Bryan is a returning sponsor from the 2015 MS Run the US fundraising I did. He actually didn’t just sponsor one week last year, but two different weeks right at the beginning of my training and sponsorship weeks. Besides being a sponsor and someone who has donated a LOT to my fundraising efforts so far, Bryan is also my boyfriend and best friend. So I guess he feels obligated to help me. Just kidding, he is just a good person. 🙂 Bryan has been there for me every step of the way over the last year and a half since I started this crazy MS adventure. From the moment I texted him and told him I was applying, to every new development from what segment I found out I was running, every training mile, and every fundraiser. Last year he even came out to Colorado to see me finish, which I still to this day consider the best gift I’ve ever gotten. Having the company of him as well as my best friend Sam, made the whole experience that much better because I didn’t have to spend that amazing moment of crossing the finish line alone. They were there to cheer me in. 🙂 It was this amazing memory, as well as the wonderful feeling of knowing I am running for others, that made me decide to do a second year. Bryan never discouraged me in any way when I told him I really wanted to do this event again even though it effects him in a big way for me to make this big commitment again. It will be weird for us not to have this in our lives again next year!
As you know if you have read this blog at all this past 9 weeks, or have talked to me personally, that year two is not going as planned so far. Well, I shouldn’t say that, fundraising has gone better than it did last year, so I know I learned some things there, but running is not. And guess who has to deal with me when I can’t run and I am down in the dumps? This guy… I’m sure there are days he just wants to be free of my mood swings due to lack of running, but somehow he has managed to hang in there. He knows how important running is to me, and not only do I miss it for myself, but I miss the runs Bryan and I did together before my injury. I think I miss running with people and the social aspect of it just as much as I miss the act of running itself. Thank you Bryan for all the support you have shown me throughout both the fundraising as well as the training part of this adventure. I know I couldn’t have made it this far without you. And of course thank you for every donation you have made towards this important cause! XOXO.
Sponsor #2: Patrick Garvin
Pat is another returning sponsor, and just like Bryan, he sponsored TWO different weeks last year, so I had the pleasure of honoring and thanking him in my blog twice last year. Excited for round three this week! As with many of my friends and sponsors, I met Pat at Anytime Fitness where I work. I trained him for a couple months after Max left, and we became friends. He is a smiling face I always enjoy seeing walk through the front door. He is always so upbeat and always says Hi to all of us working every day that he comes in for his workouts. Pat is a Lacrosse player, and he is currently coaching at MSOE. That is is passion, just like mine is running. I had the pleasure of having coffee with Pat last week and talking about life in the fitness and personal training world, as well as hearing about his love for Lacrosse and coaching.
Even though I have not trained Pat for quite awhile, I am lucky enough to see him in the gym most days of the week while I am working. He is a great friend and a great person. Last year he gave over $100 to MS Run the US for my fundraising! He not only sponsored two weeks as I mentioned, but also attended one of my main events last year at Karma. I really hope he can stop by again for the one coming up this year as well! I have enjoyed getting to know him over the past couple years, both at the gym and hanging out with friends, such as when he came to hang out with us one new years and for my birthday one year. Thank you so much Pat for once again giving to this cause and helping me meet my goal of over $10,000!
Thank you again to Pat and Bryan who have given a lot to my cause, both last year and this year. I am so excited to be over $10,000 already!
Want to be featured as a sponsor of the week!? I am still looking for more! Let me know if you would like to help! Or just want to make a donation? Please use my fundraising website or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks! 🙂
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Have a great week everyone! Happy March!