St. Jude

I haven’t written in a while. Someone asked if it was writer’s block and honestly I didn’t know what to say. I am not sure why I haven’t done a blog in a while. I am still running, actually a lot and have added another PR. But life has been crazy and I guess I have just been quiet. But I am back and ready to share some more stories for anyone ready to read them.

Today I want to talk about something that means a lot to me, St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Last December our running group decided to sign up for the St. Jude Half Marathon or Marathon. We had a group commit and we all registered as VIPs. Our group raised over $7,000! I was blessed to be able to raise over $1,000!

This experience was life changing! Not only was I able to help such a wonderful organization, I ran my first marathon! I was not completely in marathon shape but good enough to make it through to the finish. My training was put on hold due to a tibial stress fracture so my long runs were few and far between and I was determined to do it even if I had to walk it all.

You learn a lot about yourself when you are on a road for 26.2 miles. Especially in the cold rain running the last 13 miles alone. I was just not in the same shape as my sweet friends that ran the first half with me and I assured them I would be fine and I’d see them at the finish. I’ll admit I cried a few tears as I watched them run on without me. I’ll admit I questioned myself, why didn’t I just turn off with the half marathoners? But then I would think about the children that were not able to be out there, that were in the hospital. And I made a point to look happy, to be thankful for every step I took that day.

I was tired, I was cold and wet and on the road for 5 hours and 7 mins and some odd seconds. But I finished! I was healthy! So everyone that cheered me on and looked at my bib and called me by name, I smiled at them, I waved at them, and I thanked them. They motivated me in the rain and they did not have to be there. They were colder than me. And I am sure some were extremely bored, but they were there till the end. And to the guy that ran down the road with me until I finished in the stadium, yelling at me, cheering me on, I am thankful to him, a complete stranger. We were all there for one thing, the children. And yes I fought back tears as I saw two of my sweet running friends waiting on me as I finished. And yes I said I would never do it again. (Of course I am this October and that’s a blog for another day) But it was so worth it. All of it. The sweat, the tears, the aches and pains and the stadium steps I had to climb to get out of the stadium after running 26.2 miles. But I had smiles, I had tears of joy, and I had the support of my friends and complete strangers. And I was able to help those sweet children. St. Jude runs solely on donations and this year I have decided again to sign up as a VIP. But this year I will just conquer the half. And to anyone who reads this I ask you to please consider donating. Even just $5 helps. You would spend more than that on fast food. You can donate directly on my website through St. Jude.

http://www.heroes.stjude.org/amyjaynes

Thank you and thanks for reading! Happy Running!

And Marathon training starts next month so I am sure I will have some great stories to share!

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