Week 22: 180 Miles from Denver, CO to Wray, CO in 6 days.
May 31-June 5th, 2016. Segment #8 for MS Run the US; Donation Amount: $150
Total Raised: $12,600
Well, it is here!! I leave tomorrow for my segment of the relay across America to raise money and awareness for those living with MS, and I start running my miles on Tuesday bright and early. The last runner, Kaitlyn Morgan, will be finishing her 180 mile segment today, there is a day off for the crew on Memorial day and for me to get settled and then we are off! It was a lot of fun to watch Kaitlyn’s segment on Facebook and the MS Site because it was such a beautiful run! Segment #6 and #7 are always my favorite to follow because of the amazing scenery of the mountains of Utah and Colorado. Not to mention Kaitlyn is so tough and has such a great motivation to run for MS because her dad has it. What a great way to honor her Dad! Awesome work Kaitlyn!!
As far as me and how my last week has been… let’s just say I am trying not to freak out. This last week kicked my butt work wise and my days started by 5 a.m. and went solid until about 8:30 p.m. and that did not leave much energy left for a run. But a majority of the day was on my feet and walking, so it is not like I am not moving every day. According to my Fitbit I usually cover about 10-14 miles each day walking, so that’s something! I guess that is better than flaring up my piriformis (my injured muscle that is the reason I had to be careful and cut way back on running this year) right before I go, because I usually feel it a little after any run longer than about 6 miles. Which is not good for me this next week, but if it stays mild then I can handle it. So we will see. I have no idea what is going to happen and that is the scariest part. But I am just planning on going with the flow and enjoying my “running vacation” and knowing that what I am doing is making a difference.
My good friend Aarika gave me a bracelet for my birthday that says “Though she be but little, she is fierce” and I am keeping this on my entire run to remind me that even though I am just one person, I can make a difference (with the help of all those who donated, of course!!) So on that note, I am ready to go, do the best I can, and raise awareness for MS and all those affected by it!
This week the big sponsor is Hooligan’s Supper Bar and the owner and one of my clients Mark Buesing! Thank you so much Mark for once again sponsoring the big week and my segment of MS Run the US and helping me make a difference!!
BIG Sponsor of the Week for Segment #8: Hooligan’s Supper Bar
Location: 2017 East North Ave, Milwaukee, WI
I am lucky to train the owner of Hooligan’s once a week. His name is Mark and he is a great guy, and a fellow runner. I have been training him since fall of 2014. I enjoy swapping running updates with him on a weekly basis and giving him any advice I have to help him as a newer runner. He started running several years ago and has done a couple half marathons and has plans to do more in the future. This is his second year of being one of the big sponsors of my run. Last year he gave $165 to MS and my segment of the run on behalf of Hooligan’s. This year he is once again sponsoring my segment by giving $150 to the cause. Awesome!!
Hooligan’s is Bryan and I’s favorite local place to hang out and get a drink, or a good meal on the East side. They have awesome outdoor seating in the summer and we enjoy dinner, brunch or just a drink with friends often. We are and will continue to be loyal customers thanks to Mark’s generosity! I had my last birthday get together there, and for Bryan’s birthday the year before we got friends together for dinner as well. They are always very accommodating and it is an easy place to gather with a group of friends. The service is quick, and the servers are very friendly.
If you have not yet been to Hooligan’s, I must first say WHAT?!?!?! and then after I get over the shock of it, I will tell you to GO!! It is a great place, with a HUGE variety of good food, daily food specials that change often, a great brunch, lots of beer on tap as well as wine and a large list of specialty drinks. There is a happy hour with $2 off drinks, $1 off beer, and half price appetizers from 4- 7 pm Monday through Friday. We eat there 2-4 times per month and we never get sick of it because there is always something new!
Thank you again Mark for the $150 donation, which brings me right to $12,600 for MS!
Well, my journey is coming to an end. A year and 9 months of hard work as a relay runner for MS Run the US. It has been a wonderful adventure and I treasure the experience and the memories. It has taught me so much about fundraising and giving back to others. Thank you for following my journey! Ready or not, it is HERE!!!
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