I did it! 13.1 miles!

The weather was good for a half marathon today.  It was between 30-40 degrees and the skies were clear.  It took an hour for my corral (#33) to reach the start line which means I started my half marathon at 8:30 am instead of the 7:30 am which is when the elite runners started.  🙂

I had some technical problems with my watch and knowing what my pace was.  5 miles in I stopped looking at my watch.  For most of the race, I was feeling pretty good and decided to just do my best and hope I didn’t run out of energy at the end.

On miles 5-13 we went out along the Schuylkill and then crossed a bridge to go back along the Schuylkill where we would end in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It was LONG and somewhat boring.  Since it is called the Rock n’ Roll half marathon, I was expecting to hear bands throughout the course but I was kind of disappointed.

Tony and the boys surprised me by showing up around mile 12.  I was jogging at the time so they jogged along with me.   When I switched to walking, they kept jogging to try to reach the finish line before me.  🙂

I finished the half marathon in 2:51:58.  Yes, that is a LONG time!  I did my 3:45 walk and 1:00 jog intervals the whole time.

I averaged 13:08 min/mile which is fast for me!  Tony was waiting for me to die at the end but I kept a pretty steady pace throughout the whole half marathon.  My legs were TIRED but the rest of my body felt fine.

After I finished I had to walk back to our hotel which was probably a half a mile away.  I just kept moving because stopping was not an option.  🙂

I am back home.  Trick-or-treat is just starting.  Tony is taking Seth around our neighborhood.  Matt is in charge of handing out candy in our house.  The thought of walking back and forth to the front door is not going to happen for me right now.  I am sitting on the couch probably for the rest of the night.

My fundraising total as of right now is $1,390 from 20 donors.  Thank you to everyone that donated!  $1,390 is a lot of money and I am excited that I was able to raise that much for Mosaic!  Many people donated more than the $25 which is why my total is higher than $500 (20 donors*$25).  Each donation encouraged me on my journey to train for this half marathon and raise money for Mosaic.

My original fundraising goal was 100 $25 donors and I did not reach my goal.  I knew fundraising for Mosaic would be hard.  The people in South Africa are far away and the level of poverty is hard to understand unless you see it first hand.  I didn’t fully understand it until I went to South Africa myself.  12 of the 20 donors have been to Africa or Haiti to see the poverty first hand.

I did hear from people that they enjoyed reading my blog.  I feel like I did what God called me to do.  I shared my stories from South Africa and I didn’t shy away from my 100 $25 goal even when I knew I wasn’t going to make it.

I have one last story to tell before I stop blogging for this half marathon.

20725582329_6f7f6095f7_oEthan was one of the little guys that helped me as I went around with my wheelbarrow to pick up stones/trash/etc.  He didn’t always listen.  He could be naughty at times but he was there working with us.  I remember him.

Another group was recently down in South Africa working in the same area we worked in.  Rachel Sutherland was on that trip and she posted a picture of Ethan on Facebook and said this…

“This is Ethan who is at our worksite every day. His mom leaves for work at 6am, locks him out of their shack and doesn’t return until dark (he’s 5). And most locals tell us he’s lucky because he has a mother and she has a job.”

He is lucky he does have a mother in a country where they have 3.7 MILLION orphans.  He is also lucky his mother has a job.  I am guessing he is locked out of his shack so items that they own inside the shack don’t get stolen.  It breaks my heart that at 5 years old he is locked out of his shack all day.

This is my last request for donations…  You can still donate to Mosaic and help make a difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children (like Ethan) in South Africa.

Please Donate by Clicking Right Here!!

If you would prefer to send a check, you can make the check out to MosaicSA and mail it to: 64 East Uwchlan Ave B274, Exton, PA 19341.

In 2014, 93% of Mosaic’s spending went to provide programs and services.         Only 7% went towards paying administrative expenses and fundraising expenses.

 Mosaic is a 501(c)3 charity in the US.  All donations are tax deductible.                 EIN #27-1175422

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