As a reminder, I’m running the NYC Marathon for Fred’s Team, and am working towards hitting a huge fundraising goal to support cancer research! I am blogging about my NYC Marathon Training throughout this process. You can click here to read more and make a donation.
It was a great week for training! In case you missed it, I shared my goals for this training cycle here. Since I’m not focusing on time, my recaps will not include my paces going forward. I want to focus more on effort and my fundraising.
Monday: 4 miles easy plus glute/hip strength.
Tuesday: 55 minute barre class. I hadn’t been to barre in forever and it was awesome, and there was an 80s themed playlist. Who doesn’t love “Love Shack” blasting at 6am?!
Wednesday: 4 miles easy plus 4 x 20 second striders.
Thursday: 3 easy miles.
Friday: 20 minutes easy stationary bike.
Saturday: 8 easy miles. I did 2 of these on hills and the balance on my favorite trail. It was an awesome run and I felt so strong, despite the heat and humidity.
Sunday: Rest day! Brian and I had a breakfast date at Egg Harbor Cafe (my favorite breakfast place) and I tried their gluten-free pancakes….oh gosh, they were SO GOOD!!
Total miles for the week: 19. I feel good about this week overall, but definitely need to do better with things like foam rolling. That will be my focus next week.
This was a huge week for my fundraising, and I raised $820 this week to add to my total! This brings my total amount raised to $9,141. I achieved this mostly through a slew of emails I sent out Thursday night. That day, I received some discouraging news about a fellow runner who is battling Stage 4 Cervical Cancer, and it felt like the only thing I could do. I am happy to have raised so much this week!
When I started this journey, I set out to raise $10,000, so I am close to that goal. I have found that they closer I get to the goal the less effort I am putting into it. When I really focus, I have awesome weeks of fundraising! This is why, after some reflection this week, I’ve decided to raise my goal to $15,000.Why @jessrunsatl has increased her fundraising goal for the NYC Marathon: Click To Tweet
I know, I know. $15k? It seems crazy! Honestly though, $10k seemed crazy and I am so close to hitting that number. At the end of the day, I’ve already hit my minimum commitment with Fred’s Team. This means there truly aren’t any negative consequences if I fail to hit this new number.
One thing I’ve learned through this process is that stretch goals completely change your mindset and the effort you put in. Think about it: if I was shooting for $1,000, I would not have approached my fundraising in the same way I have this year. I also wouldn’t have received such large donations along the way. My effort, and mindset, changed as my goals got bigger. Anyways, all this to say, I want to continue to stretch myself over the next few months and see what I can truly achieve. More on what I’m planning in my July fundraising recap!
How was your week? Don’t forget to link up with Jessie and I below!