Showing posts from April, 2016

Why Fundraise?

I’m often asked this question.  I’m not an eloquent speaker or writer, but I’ll try my best to tell you why I’ve started fundraising.   Have you ever had the feeling your life would not be remembered after you were gone? I kind of had that feeling a couple years ago.  I imagined someone standing up to talk about me at my funeral and they didn’t have much to talk about.  I mean I could picture them saying she was a mother, wife, friend, etc.  But then what else would they say.  This really hit me hard for some reason.  Maybe I was in a dark place at the time.  Not sure…  but it lead me to sign up for the St. Jude marathon as a hero to raise money for St. Jude back in 2013.  It was the most humbling experience ever!  It was then that I realized it didn’t matter what was said at my funeral.  Sitting and listening to a mother talk about how each day she wondered if her child was going to live and die will break you.  I soon realized that life’s not about me.  Not that I didn't already…

I am a RAGNARIAN! 8 friends, 3 trails, 1 billions stars, overnight camping .... TAILS FROM THE SIPP

This post may be long and I'm sure I will leave out so many details cause a relay over 2 days can have lots of happening things! Let me first say I had a BLAST.  As always this is about "D's" adventures, so it's all in MY perspective.  Others on the team will probably have different perspectives. That's whats so cool about life.  We all have different takes on the same thing. :>) 

What is Ragnar? (Info from their website) Here’s what we do: long distance, team, overnight running relays that take place in the most breathtaking places in the world. Teams come together to conquer a course over two days and one night, and push their limits (AMEN), on little amounts of sleep (AMEN), with friends and a community of runners by their side.  Your Ragnar experience is as competitive as you make it. Rally your team and battle the other teams in your division for the top ranking, or simply make it your goal to cross the finish line together (That was our goal!)! Ragnar…

Traditions TRI 4-9-16

Today was the first TRI of 2016 for me.  It was a sprint TRI which consist of a 1/3 mile swim, 17 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.  This was a new TRI for me.  My first time doing it so I was unfamiliar with the area in which the race was to take place.  Earlier in the week my friend who was also doing the race told me that her sister lives like a mile from the race area and invited me to go down on Friday and stay with her at her sisters house.  This was great because I had just planned on going down on Saturday morning which meant driving at 4am to make it on time.  It worked out great.  We left Friday after work and headed to the coast.  We arrived at her sisters a little before 7pm.  She has a beautiful home.  Her daughter had a cheer competition in Florida so they were gone and I got the "Princess room" as Kathy called it.  We decided to go grab supper so we could get in the bed early.  When we walked outside, we quickly realized it was very COOL!  Kathy & I both just…

Some days you run for you..... and some days you run for others!

Y'all knew they'd be a blog post after the race today... Didn't ya? :<>)

Let me start by saying .. WOW!! What an incredible experience!  All week I was so excited, but also a little nervous.  It's a big deal to take someone else's child and push them during a half marathon and maybe a bigger deal to take a child with disabilities.  First of all two hours is a long time.  Some of these kids can get upset at the smallest things.  Not knowing the child personally can make it even harder.  You may not know the right words or actions to use if the child was to become upset, agitated or even sick during the race.  So yes, I was nervous.

Friday night I ran to get my race shirt and bib and just happen to meet the mother of the little girl that I was supposed to help push.  OH ....the mother was so excited for her child! She said Mackenzie was a real joy and that she would love the race.  She told me how she was non-verbal, but that I would be able to understand her …