Week 20, Day 1: Race Week aka The Final Countdown, and We Need Your Help

Here it is; week 20 of 20. The final week of training leading up to day 7, which is race day. After all of the runs, workouts, cardio sessions, blood, sweat, and tears, we’re finally coming down the stretch to the day that seemed like it would never come. This Sunday morning, Christine and I will be participating in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital half Marathon. The race takes place the day before my 32nd birthday. For everyone reading this, whether you’re a friend of mine from middle school or a complete stranger, I have a special request for you. Nothing would make my birthday more enjoyable than having as many people come out to support the conclusion of our journey this Sunday. An encouraging smile, sign, or cheer goes a long way for us, and the more the merrier. This is how YOU can do your part in helping us power through these 13.1 miles.

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This is a map of the route we will be running Sunday morning. Based on all of our previous runs and our average pace, I’ve marked off some key points on the route and the estimated time we’ll pass each. This way, you don’t have to stand out there the whole 3 hours waiting for us to pass. Keep in mind these times are estimates, and arriving at these spots 10-15 minutes earlier than the time listed will ensure you don’t miss us. The race starts promptly at 7:30 and will take us about or under 3 hours to complete. During our training runs, a few people here and there would yell out “good job” while they passed us walking on the street or driving by honking in their cars.┬áThose moments of encouragement pushed us further, and more of that will be needed Sunday!

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We encourage you to come and go all out! This is a BIG step for us, as you have all heard about our weight loss journeys, and you’ve seen us struggle with running and fitness in general. Completing this half marathon is a big deal for us, and we want you to celebrate with us! Make signs! We LOVE signs! Funny, encouraging, uplifting! Be creative! We’ve ran over 500 miles this year to make it to this point, so please help us out. Lastly its my 32nd birthday! This is a cheap gift

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Below is a list of creative sign ideas! Creativity is encouraged, but overall your presence and vocal encouragement is all we’ll need to push through. This will more than likely be the last post until the race is over, but check back next week to hear how it went, and stay tuned as I document my next training journey; my first Spartan Race!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/the-35-best-signs-from-the-nyc-marathon

http://www.active.com/running/articles/20-great-marathon-spectator-signs

http://running.competitor.com/2015/10/photos/25-marathon-spectator-signs-we-love_136577

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