I really can’t believe this weekend is almost here! All the updates I’ve gotten so far say that the marathon is still happening, despite all the destruction to NYC these past few days due to Hurricane Sandy. I think race officials are expecting less runners because of all the transportation issues that may not be resolved in time, but the race is still on! I am focusing on equally important issues such as picking out what I’ll be wearing for the race and what pose I’m going to strike as I get my picture taken crossing the finish line. Lot’s to think about, you see. Thank you to everyone who’s excited for me this weekend! I can’t wait!!!

And thank you to the Gallagher family, the Sasser family, and Reid Bader for donating and bringing my fundraising total to $2,672. Not far to go!!


ALSO, check out the blog post about me and the other members running for WITNESS! http://blog.witness.org/2012/10/running-for-a-great-future-team-witness-tackles-the-2012-ing-nyc-marathon/


Training With Friends

Training With Friends

Running with my roommates Mary Archer and Caroline Johnson… photo credit goes to Meagan Koeth 🙂

11 days, 12 hours, 51 minutes, 9 seconds… and counting…

Just so you know, I promise I did not just spend my night calculating exactly how long until the marathon starts…there’s a countdown on www.nycmarathon.com 🙂 So hello friends, family, and other wonderful supporters! We are getting so close and I am getting so excited! I hope to make up for my previous depressing post tonight.. I’m feeling really great about the race now. I ran the last three days and I’ve felt good. Yes, my left foot, my left knee, and my left achilles all hurt now (all my past injuries seem to be making a grand reappearance for the home stretch) but I can do it! It’s no pain that I can’t run through and I am determined to. But I do hope and pray that nothing else gets added to that list! My runs really are going well but I definitely lost something these past few weeks. I was in such a good rhythm and now I have to work a lot harder while I should be letting up but I know I can still do it.

I just want to take a moment and truly thank everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, donated, prayed for me, wished me well, given me a light push, or kicked me in the ass these past few months. I am so blessed to have all of you in my life and I am here, preparing for this marathon, because of you! I owe so much to Joe, my parents, my family, my roommates, my friends, and WITNESS who have been here for me through EVERYTHING! The good runs, the bad runs, the injuries, the doctors appointments, the shopping trips, the fundraising, and the encouragement… I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate everything you’ve gone through to support me. I promise to make you all proud in 11 days! And while I’m thanking everyone, I’d like to also acknowledge my last donors Jenn Seitz and Mr. Lou! You guys rock! Only $618 to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FYI – For any interested family members or stalkers of mine, you will be able to track my progress during the marathon via TrackMyRunner which can be found here: http://www.nycmarathon.org/entrantinfo/trackmyrunner.htm and the marathon will be streamed live via ESPN2 or online.

Anyone wanna see what I look like in my jersey??

That’s all for now!

“I like running because it’s a challenge. If you run hard, there’s the pain – and you’ve got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is ‘Don’t overdo it’ and ‘Don’t push yourself.’ Well, I think that’s a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond.” — Bob Clarke

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” — Juma Ikangaa

14 Days Left

Okay so yesterday at the doctor’s office I found out it’s not a stress fracture but it’s tendonitis in my posterior tibial tendon (that’s the tendon that goes down the calf muscle and attaches to the inside of the foot/ankle). He said that I am not damaging my foot any more by running the marathon but he doubts I’ll be able to run through that pain. He said I can start but I won’t finish. So yeah. That really sucked. I’m going to do some short runs this week and see how it feels and I’m going to hopefully start physical therapy. It’s not a really bad injury, just painful apparently. I’ll be sure to post something more upbeat later this week. For now I’m just really frustrated.

However, I do want to HUGELY thank the Koeth family, Aunt Whodat and her family, the O’Donovan Family, Joe Morelli (I hope someone has read the Stephanie Plum series and gets this reference…Yes – THAT Joe Morelli!!! Courtesy of Granny Robbins), and my Uncle E!!!!!

I have currently raised $2,312 thanks to all of you wonderful people!!! Please help me be the first on my fundraising team to reach $3,000! We’re almost there!!!!!




Hello Again

Nothing new to update – just saying hi! I go back to the doctor this Friday to get another x-ray and see if my foot has healed any. I haven’t been running, just biking, and I’m going crazy! My muscles are aching to run and I’m so anxious thinking about how I’m going to now finish my training in just two weeks and then run a marathon.. Now taking suggestions/advice/opinions!

I want to also thank the Tully family, the Docal family, and an anonymous donor for contributing to my fundraising! So…..THANK YOU!!!!!

It Never Ends…

So I’m not really sure how this happened but I most likely have a stress fracture in my left foot. I went for an X-ray this weekend and it’s hard to tell but the doctor is pretty sure. I’m in a walking shoe/cast thing (see picture below) and I promised to stop running for 10 days to give it some time to heal. On October 18th I go back for another X-ray and we’ll reevaluate everything then. But here’s the thing… stress fracture or not, I’m still running this race. So please say some prayers for me because I need them now more than ever!


And a huge thank you to the Brill family and the Peters family for donating!! We have less than 4 weeks until the marathon and $900 to go to reach my goal! Please help me reach out to family, friends, and others you think might be interested in supporting both myself and WITNESS! Feel free to share my fundraising page and this blog with anyone! We can do this!!!



“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  ― Nelson Mandela

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”  ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture