THUMP!! That is the sound of me fainting when I checked the mail today. I received a check for a full boat sponsorship for my run across America!! This amazing opportunity came unexpectedly from an amazing family of people who have a private foundation. I was asked by my contact to keep their source anonymous to protect them from solicitation. So instead of shouting their name out in excitement, I will sing songs of thankfulness and gratitude to them inside of my head. If you only knew their family name you would realize that the sheer task of finding a word to rhyme with it will keep me occupied for my long runs over the next year. I will still be running self- supported (with cart & camping gear) but I will now have enough money to purchase my supplies and cover my expenses. I believe that I will still have a significant amount left over that will end up being donated to BIA America. YAHOOOOO!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
Ahem, and about my training this week. LAME. I have an injury that has caused me to take 5 days off. I know to many people this may sound trivial, but my runner friends may understand what this means. I am physically and mentally processing this “rest” as though I have gained 200 lbs and gambled all of my money away in Vegas. My ego and endorphin levels are telling me that I am a wicked loser. I think that I might be out of the woods however, and plan on lacing up tomorrow morning. This may have all been part of a larger cosmic plan though, this week I spent several days with my mom on a mini vacation in Laconia. Because I wasn’t out on training runs, we got to spend more quality time together.