Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Revolutionary Update: Kristen

Remember Kristen? Well, after many weeks of training, she is gearing up for her full marathon debut this Sunday!  We checked in with her and this is what she had to say:

The big day is almost here!  Next Sunday (June 3rd) I will set out to run my first full marathon.  After nearly six months of training and fundraising, I cannot wait to put on my shoes and get out on that course!  While I have certainly had moments of self-doubt, I have to say that today I truly feel ready. Two weeks ago, I completed my longest training run of 20 miles and felt great!  This was a huge boost to my confidence.  Of course, it helped that I had a few different groups of friends join me for the duration of the run, but this is also something that I have gained as a result of my training.  I have met people at races and later run with them upon learning that we have a shared interest and don't live far from one another.  Still being somewhat new to Maine and at times feeling very isolated in Castine, these connections have been such a gift.  I have appreciated having others with whom I can share this journey and experience.  I am also really glad that I chose to do this with Team In Training as a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as I know that I have done and will continue to make a huge difference in the lives of others.
Since signing up for the marathon back in December, I have run more than 500 miles and raised almost $4,000 for cancer research.  I am equally proud of these two things since each has helped me to publicize and help raise awareness for Team In Training.  In my small town, everyone seems to know what I am doing.  Many of them have donated to my marathon mission, while others have supported and encouraged me each time I have passed them on the trails and roads.  Although I am very self-motived, I know that I could not have come this far on my own.  I am grateful for my personal "team" and hope that I have also helped to inspire and motivate others through this process. 
I may not be the fittest or fastest person out there, but I have given this all that I have and made a conscious choice to make this happen versus sitting around and waiting unitl I felt like it was the right or perfect time.  In my 500+ miles (which have included a lot of personal reflection!), I have been reminded that there is no right or perfect time.  I still have some weight to lose and wish that I didn't have to be carrying any extra with me for 26.2 miles, but I am so far ahead of where I was six months ago and know now that I am more than a size or a number.  I found a quote the other day on facebook that pretty much sums up how I've been feeling of late.  It read:  "The more I run, the more I love my body.  Not because it is perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible."  Here's to many more miles and possibilities!

Kristen, there is no doubt in my mind that you are going to kill it at the marathon!  We can't wait to hear about your experience!

Inspired by Kristen? Have your own story of transformation to share? We want to hear from you! Contact us at info@mainelyrunning.com. We'll follow you and support you as one of our fitness revolutionaries. There's no better way to keep yourself accountable!  

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