Week 21: May 23-29
Total Sponsorship Amount: $30
Total amount donated by the sponsors: $90
Current Fundraising Total: $12,300
Great news! This week I beat my fundraising amount from last year! which means I met my goal!! So exciting! Now it will be fun to see how much farther I get ahead of the $12,251 I finished with for 2015. So thank you to everyone who once again made this possible! Without all those who donated none of this would be possible.
Running wise I had another set back this week when I woke up with some type of flu (food poisoning??) on Wednesday morning. It wiped me out for two days and I was able to run again starting Friday. I ran my first longer run again Saturday of 9.5 miles. Which I know is not enough and where I should be but life throws you curves…. And you just do what you can. That is just how it is ending up this year.
In relay updates this week has been trip down memory lane with my friend Krista running segment 6 which is Vernal Utah to Steamboat Springs Colorado which is the segment I had last year. She has not had the greatest time due to injury and major blister issues, but she is so damn inspirational that she makes me feel like I can do anything just by watching her stay tough and walk her miles when she is not able to run. I am so proud of her and I feel so much more excited for my segment because I should be able to suck it up and make it through as well. So thank you Krista for being amazing and helping me remember the big picture! This is not about me and what I can accomplish running wise, but that I get out there, try my best and raise awareness for those with MS!!! 🙂
Now on to the 4 sponsors of the week: Dona, Nancy, Betsey and Susanne!
Sponsor # 1: Betsey Hjertstedt
This is Betsey’s second year being a sponsor. I have known Bestey for over a year and a half now because I started training her in October of 2014 when Jen my coworker left to be a stay at home mom. I currently trainer her twice a week in the morning. She has a son pictured below, who is a really cool kid. I have gotten the opportunity to meet him a handful of times now, as well as her husband. Betsey works in the pharmaceutical sales industry and does traveling around Wisconsin for work. She also likes to run and has already done several races so far this year, such as one quarter marathon and several 5k’s. This past Christmas she was nice enough to invite my boyfriend Bryan and I to her annual Christmas party which we had a lot of fun attending.
Betsey has been a HUGE support this last year and a half since I started this journey. She has come to several events and given several big donations! She came (and brought her son!) to a couple of the Charity yoga classes I taught at Anytime Fitness in the fall for donations. One of the biggest things I owe her for and am SO thankful for is that she was my volunteer bartender at my biggest fundraiser this past winter, which was the AJ Bombers event. Without her I would not have raised even CLOSE to as much money as I did for MS because I myself am not a good bartender and it would have been very hard for me to balance everything and do a good job. I can never say THANK YOU enough for her doing this the entire duration of my event that night. I am still in awe at how successful that night was!!! Thank you so much Betsey for everything you have done to help me and all that you have donated to this cause since I started!!
Sponsor #2: Susanne Oliphant
Susanne is another client of mine and a return sponsor!! She has been an off and on client of mine (depending on her schedule and life events) for over two years now!! How time flies! She is someone I look forward to training when because she is great to talk to and she is a hard workers and always determined to get the most out of her workouts. She never fails to ask how I am doing, how my injury is feeling, and in general showing her support and interest in my life. Susanne has two kids, a daughter in high school (pictured below) and a son who older and out of school. She also recently got a cute little dog, also pictured below!
One of the events she took part of was my first fundraiser in 2014, my 60 mile run-a-thon. For some of the miles that day she rode her bike alongside me, showing her support when I was starting to hurt quite a bit. She took pictures for me, which I am so thankful for because I was not in the mindset to remember to do so myself. She donated to my 60 miles, and has now given twice as a sponsor. People like Susanne make this thing I’m doing possible. I can only meet my fundraising goals because of all the people in my life who are willing to donate to the charity I am running for because they are wonderful, giving and caring individuals. These are the people I am thankful every day to have in my life. So THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Susanne for all the support you have shown me!
Sponsor #3: Don and Nancy Cahen
Mom and Dad!!! My parents are once again sponsors of the last week before the big event. I cannot believe I leave in 8 days!! My parents have been very supportive in this whole thing, even though I know they worry about my injuries and how much I tend to push myself with all my running. They have made all my big events over the past year and a half, this year coming AJ Bomber, and last year my run-a-thon and Karma. They have made a handful of donations and are always excited to see my fundraising progress.
I feel like I am the person I am today because of my parents. I was raised with good values and they stuck as an adult. I have been running and competing since the year 2000 and my parents have seen me race as much as they have been able. The ones they haven’t been able to see, they are always anxious to hear about. My Dad constantly brags about my running successes with everyone he knows. So if I meet anyone that has ever talked to my Dad in their lives they instantly say to me “Oh! You are the good runner! Your Dad tells us all about all the races you have won!” or something along those lines.
Thank you Mom and Dad, for the support in all the variety of running missions I have set out to conquer over the years, such as racing 15+ times a year, training for marathons, running 50 and 60 miles in a day, running 165 miles in 6 days last year, and now doing my best in segment #8 out in Colorado. Thanks for being there for as many events as you can, and thanks for your donations! Love you!!!
Thank you again to Betsey, Susanne, Don and Nancy for donating again this year and helping me crush my goal for the second year in arrow!
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Have a great week everyone! ONE MORE WEEK TIL MY SEGMENT! Eeekk!!!