Week 17: April 25th-May 1st
Total Sponsorship Amount: $100
Total amount donated by the sponsors: $300
Current Fundraising Total: $11,900
Hope everyone had a good week! I got four runs in this week, the last one being a quarter marathon race in West Bend. My best friend and training partner Sam was signed up for the half and I do not feel like I am quite ready for that yet, so I decided to do the quarter then cheer her in when she finished the half. I felt fresh since I don’t have a lot of miles on my legs these days, and my endurance was surprisingly good, and I was able to have a little fun and be competitive for the first time in quite awhile. It was a lot of fun and gave me a little confidence boost that I needed right now. 🙂 I was able to put in almost 9 miles between warm up, race and cool down, which is my new longest distance this year since my injury issues have kept my from doing longer runs before this.
When it comes to MS Run the US, runner #3 is just starting. Runner #2, Pat McKinney ran 200 miles in a little over a week from CA to Los Vegas. Amazing! That sounds like one of the toughest segments because it is desert, hills and heat. And a LOT of miles! Pat has a lot of motivation though, because he is running for his sister who has MS. Next up is Carlee Schmitz! She is running from Las Vegas NV to Milford UT. She has raised $11,500 so far for MS. She also has a super tough segment, 250 miles in 9 days! WOW!!!
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Now that you have the update, now on to our sponsors! Both gave last year, and one is a returning sponsor- Zach. Maggie is a good friend of mine from high school and she has made big donations both years. This year she gave $200! 🙂
Sponsor#1: Maggie Clark
Maggie is a high school friend of mine, and one of the people in my life that I have been friends with the longest. I mentioned last week when I introduced Paulette, that I only have a couple of high school friends that I am still in touch with and consider friends and they are two of them. Maggie is a year under me and since she graduated high school I have not seen her more than a couple times a year (or less) because she has lived and gone to school in places pretty far away. I met her from being on the track and cross country teams with her in high school. She was a really good 800 runner in high school (and into college) and I did not quite have the speed to keep up with her. But we did a lot of our training runs together and became fast friends.
When she graduated from Waukesha North, she went to school at West Point Academy. Since then she has been going to school to be a Children’s surgeon through the Army and she has been several places for this. Currently, and for the last several years, she has been doing residency in Hawaii! So cool! And several times I thought it would work out for me to go visit her, but so far life and work has kept me from being able to do so. I hope I can before she is done, but I think I am running out of time. 😦
I have been lucky enough to get to see Maggie fairly recently, which was the first time in quite awhile. The picture below on the right is when she was here for a month working at Children’s Hospital in the area. She came with Paulette and we did brunch after I ran the Lakefront marathon and I got to have dinner with her one more time after that before she headed back to Hawaii. Not sure when I will get to see her again, sometimes it is a year or more between visits, but when we see each other it is so great to catch up and it is almost like we have never been apart. I know we will always be friends. I only have a handful of people in my life that I know I will be friends with forever, through life changes and distance, and she is one of them. Thank you so much Maggie for your generosity and giving to my cause both of these years. I couldn’t have reached my goal without so many great people who give! 🙂 Miss you and hope to see you again sooner rather than later! ❤ 🙂
Sponsor #2: Zach Kopplin
This is Zach’s second year as a sponsor of the week and giving a very generous donation. This year he donated $100! I have known Zach for about 3 years now, and we met at the gym when I trained him for awhile. After I got done training him, he became a regular in my yoga classes at the gym. Around that time he also started to get into running and two years ago this June (oh my gosh, or has it been 3?? I am losing track of time and I have no idea…I think two…) we did our first race together which was the Ragnar Relay Chicago with a group of running friends from the gym. Since then we have done several 5ks together (pictured below), a duathalon, a Ultra Ragnar and we took a trip to the Quad Cities with a group of us and I did the full and Zach did the half.
Zach currently lives in Chicago and so we do not see each other as much, but I follow all his running accomplishments on Facebook. He has done several of the Ragnars around the country as well as many half marathons in fun places such as New Orleans. I am so glad that I got to be a part of Zach starting to get into running and finding a love in it like I have over the past 15+ years. I hope I some day get to do some of the fun races he has done in fun cities. I am so thankful that even though I do not see Zach very often anymore because he does not live in the area, he still offered to make this awesome $100 donation to my segment of MS Run the US! Thank you so much Zach and keep up the great work with your racing and training! If I had to guess I would say you will be the first person I know to do every one of the Ragnar races. 🙂 Lucky!
Thank you again to Maggie and Zach for donating again this year and helping me crush my goal for the second year in a row!! 🙂
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Have a great week everyone!