20 Weeks To Go!

I really am terrible at keeping a blog… I just don’t know what to say! Well anyway I’ll get you all caught up on the past few weeks. I ran 7 miles this week and it was AMAZING! I felt so good after and just wanted to keep running and running. I’m glad that went well because before that, I was feeling so tired and just bleh about all this running. I felt like I wasn’t actually making any progress and I kept wondering why I ever thought I could do this. It’s been hard, although rewarding, and I’ve had several mini-meltdowns, but I’m back on track now. My dad (who has also run the New York Marathon) reminded me that the marathon is still over 20 weeks away… and that I tend to freak out about things when I don’t need to. He told me to take a day off when I need one and cut my runs short when I want to. Don’t stress about what other people say about how I train, because I’m not running this marathon for anybody else. This marathon is all about me. I’m not competing with a single other runner out there. My only goal is to cross the finish line and even if I come in dead last, I still crossed that finish line. My mom had good advice, too. She told me the marathon will be the icing on the cake. It’ll be incredible. But the real journey is the 26 previous weeks that I’ll have persevered to reach my goal. I think she’s right.

Next topic… I REALLY need to get on this fundraising!! I talked to a friend of mine who suggested doing a fundraiser at an ice cream place. So I would advertise to all my friends and family to go a certain day and then get a percentage of their profits that day. Such a great idea!! Now I just need to make that happen.. Rita’s, anyone?

Once again, thanks to everyone who supports me on this! Thank you to all my donors so far and thank you in advance to my future donors! Now, if you are a future donor and would like to become a present donor today, CLICK HERE!! 🙂 This will take you to my personal Crowdrise fundraising page for WITNESS. I’m up to $325 and my goal is $3,000. Remember, this is a great cause!! Thanks, everyone!!

By the way… who are all these people viewing my blog??????

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Updates!

Several new things to update you on! 1. I ran 5 miles yesterday!! 2. Now my foot kinda hurts. 3. I’m obsessed with SweatyBands. 4. Gu is GROSS.

I had a great run yesterday and it was such a beautiful day! However, my left foot was a little sore at the beginning of the run and it ended up being really painful by the end of it. I hope it doesn’t turn into anything too serious. I’m icing now and I might need to get better arch support for my left foot at some point. But overall I felt great after! Skipping to number 4.. I have a few “energy supplements” that I’ve been meaning to try out so I did after mile 3 yesterday. Essentially, these things are just calories in various forms – gels, jelly beans, bars, etc. They just give you a burst of energy and this one called vanilla Gu is supposed to taste like a vanilla milkshake so thats what I tried yesterday… I was literally expecting to squeeze out a vanilla milkshake and unfortunately that’s not what I got. Ugh probably one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever tasted…

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I think I’m gonna stick with the jelly beans from now on.. And back to number 3. There’s this company SweatyBands that makes headbands for athletes and they are kind of the best thing in the whole entire world. I always need my hair pulled back and out of my face and usually if I run I have to fix my headbands constantly because they fall out. So not only do these headbands stay in place – they’re pretty! I have a few sparkly ones and I want a hundred more. I’m gonna work on my parents for that one. Here’s me in my silver sparkly one after one of my runs last week!

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And lastly, here’s another friendly yet probably annoying reminder to DONATE!!! www.crowdrise.com/witnessnyc2012/fundraiser/jenniferrobbins