As I told you a few months ago, I'm training for the Bourbon Chase. It is a 200-mile relay that run through Bourbon Country. (And, strangely enough, right past the house I used to live in. On the actual street. Right there where it says Harrodsburg.)
And when I say I'm training? I'm taking this very seriously. I'm doing 2 long runs a weekend. I'm training on the hilliest courses I can find. Because I don't want to let my team down. I may not be fast, but I want to be solid.
I am pretty excited about my assignment, though. I will run a total of 18.3 miles in 24 hours, split between three legs. I have a difficult leg, then the hardest leg (8.6 hilly miles in "serious darkness"), then the easiest leg. I have the third hardest combination of legs. And this makes me feel surprisingly badass. It was scary as crap at first, but now I see that I was given that leg as a vote of confidence. I am a marathoner. I am an experienced runner.
I am Runner 5 because my team has faith in me. (Also? I'm RUNNER 5. My Zombies, RUN! friends know why that's exciting.)
And I am learning to have faith in myself. One of my goals for this week is to give myself credit for what I do, for where my talents are. I am going to be ready for this race, friends. Just wait and see.
I am running the Bourbon Chase on a charity team for Run to Remember, supporting the National Hospice Foundation. Hospice provided incredible support to my (large, noisy, crashing-on-the-floor-in-your-office) family through my Papaw's illness. We were given peace even though we brought chaos into their center. Hospice holds a very special place in my heart.
And I'm sure it does for many of you as well.
I am close to my individual fundraising goal, but I'm not there yet. And I'd love to have a little extra to cover my teammates who may not have the community (both online and in real life) that I have.
Would you be able to pack your lunch one extra day this week? To do your pedicure at home this week? Maybe more? I know money is tight, friends, but every little bit helps.
We have one donation page for the entire team. If you are able to donate, please make sure to include my name so that I can carry your support and/or the memory of your loved one with me. In the space that asks “Please make my gift in memory/honor of:” fill in whatever you choose, but please put my name (Krissie) at the end. I want to make sure that I’m able to thank each of you.
And I'll make sure to drink some bourbon for you while I'm out there!