7 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:
- NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon
- NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas
- PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon
- WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon
- TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis
- ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity
- FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon
I woke up at 2:30am to get ready for the Disney Marathon. I ran with my friend Ferdinand (who will be running 12 total marathons with me in the #50in50), Vicki, and her friend Brian. I met Vicki at the St Jude Memphis marathon (#5). She’s running 30 marathons in 30 states. I will have seen her at a total of 4 marathons by the time I’m she’s done next month.
We started at 5:30am. We all ran together for a bit and then Vicki and Brian fell back. The heat (70+) and humidity was pretty high, and I haven’t run in 5 weeks. We still finished decently in 4:30ish, not bad considering the conditions.
Ferd kept me going. We saw Ferd’s wife Lydia and their daughter Anya a few times along the way through the Disney park.
Running through the park reminded me of the yearly trips to Gweneviere and I would take to Six Flags. I loved riding rollercoasters with her. We were such good screaming rollercoaster partners!
After the race, we met up with my non-profit coaches Peter, Travis (he gave me a big hug and I got his shirt super wet! Lol!) and his wife Liz of the CF-focused non-profit Piper’s Angels and Travis’s adorable daughter Piper, who the non-profit is named after.
I went back to the hotel, showered and changed then met them all for lunch and discussed plans for the next few months. I will be doing Piper’s Angels’ Crossing for the Cure race in June. It’s an 80 mile stand up paddleboard race that starts in the Bahamas and ends in Florida. The top competitors finish it in about 10 hours.
Next marathons on the schedule:
- LA (Baton Rouge) 1/20
- MS (Mississippi Blues in Jackson) 1/26
- AZ (Phoenix) 2/9
- TX (Austin) 2/17
Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.
Please download Gweneviere’s song
She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here
Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.
I ❤️ you Gwen.