Speaking about the rest of my life...I've decided to run a half marathon in every state. I've also decided to possibly hold off on marathons for now - I may try to run one on each continent (Europe and North America are "done") - because of the involved aspect of the training. It was less fun and more work. Training for a half marathon on the other hand is more fun and less work...to me, anyways. My next race is in New York. It will be cold, but I am doing it for the medal (pictured above) and because it will check another state of the list, which currently consists of Florida, California and Rhode Island. I just started last year! The Lake Effect Half Marathon is in Liverpool, just outside of Syracuse, and fit into a planned visit home (to Massachusetts). I haven't been home or seen my grandmother since July, so it is time. It is also her 91st birthday that week.
This race filled up quickly, so I was only able to run it as a charity runner, which means I have to raise $250 for Ophelia's Place - an organization whose mission is to "redefine[e] beauty and health by empowering individuals, families, and communities impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating, and body dissatisfaction." I've never had an eating disorder, but I've certainly been dissatisfied by my body, and knowing that this organization is helping some of the millions of people affected by eating disorders will help me stay strong running in possibly subzero temperatures. If you feel so inclined, please contribute to the charity through my page, and help me reach my goal. I received a scolding via e-mail from the race coordinator, so help me get out of trouble, please. :)