Okay, maybe this is weird, but for the past couple of days I’ve had a hard time trying to figure out how to write this recap. I guess I’m still processing it all. It was hands down one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done and I want to recap every detail, but I feel funny writing about myself for some reason. Strange because I write about my silly nonsense every single day on here. Ha.
I feel like this should be about everyone else: the Sixty Feet team, all the awesome sponsors, those of you that ran and were such a big part of this (I added a few more people and their virtual runs to the list), those of you who donated, my family who sacrifices their time every week for me, for Fitness Direct for delivering a treadmill for me to run on, for my friend Tommy for dealing with a bazillion texts and pretty much making this happen and lastly for KUSI for letting me be a part of their show and sweat garlic all over a little corner of their studio.
It’s everyone else that made this happen. I’m just so darn humbled, honored and grateful that this all came together because of all of YOU.
So here we go for a little recap action……
Dad volunteered to drive me down to the studio Friday. I was supposed to be there by 6:00 am to go over any last minute things and then start the interview at 6:20 am. We got there right on time (Since we planned on getting there at 5:45 am). It was pretty quiet. They showed us the lounge and told us to make ourselves at home. We did just that. I had a few minutes to change out of my slippers and into my first pair of shoes (Mizuno Wave Sayonara) and eat some baked purple sweet potato I brought along.
Dad was in the picture taking mood (never) so we got another quick before picture. Ha ha.
Then they told me that they wanted to interview me and have me start my run on camera at the end of the interview. What? I hadn’t even been on the treadmill yet or anything so I was a little surprised at that, but I figured oh well, less time to think about it. Whatever happens happens.
A couple minutes later I got the signal they were ready and they hurried me along to my spot.
Seriously, before I knew it this interview (link to the actual interview) was happening. And then, well, if you watched it, you know I started running right then and there.
Good thing the treadmill worked. Ha ha.
Dad was a gem and managed to get a few beginning shots before he left.
About a half mile in I was sweating like a mother. Seriously. The original plan was for me to be set up on the patio, so I was prepared for cold weather, but it was raining a bit outside so at the last minute they set me up in the studio.
After the first mile I was texting Andrew telling him to bring me a fan.
I guess I wanted a few other things too. Ha ha.
Pretty soon though they cranked on the air conditioner for me.
I was already a sweaty mess, but it finally felt good. I was a bit worried there at the beginning how I was going to make it without any air circulation.
I’m pretty sure the entire rest of the studio suffered just for me with the air cranked on. Oopsies.
Dad ditched out about half an hour into the run just when I was about 1/10th of the way done.
I kept chugging along by myself for a bit. I attempted to do a little social media while running and take some pictures of my view.
Obviously that didn’t go over so well. Ha ha.
Shortly afterwards awesome Melissa showed up. Love her. She stayed with me for a darn long time and we chatted all kinds of hot sauce and mom stuff. There’s always a ton to talk about with other moms, isn’t there?
Amy came to hang out too. These ladies are the best.
I felt bad because I didn’t bring them treats or anything to entertain them and I wasn’t really that much fun to talk to.
They actually brought their own treats in the form of Quest Bars
which was a good thing since all I really had to offer was some gels, a banana and a purple sweet potato.
Oh heck yes that happened. Right about mile 15 I think. I hopped off to go to the bathroom really quick and then walked for just a bit to eat that purple goodness up.
Wait, what? You’ve never had a purple sweet potato?
Dang I really owe them for staying so long.
They left around mile 29 or so. Just a little while after we all chatted with Steve, the news director at KUSI, who just ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona marathon the other week. He was so nice.
I ate another potato around then too and got into some Vega electrolyte hydrator.
I’m not sure exactly when the STUFT gang showed up.
Andrew says it felt like they were there a REALLY long time. Ha. They did spend some time with me before they ditched me to go get a little IHOP. Ha.
Oh hey guys, you go right on ahead and eat some strawberry crepes for me too okay.
It was really great hitting that 30 mile mark. It was tough mentally just getting to 10 and then to 20. It was really weird getting to a marathon and realizing I still had 11 miles to go.
There was so much going on though that the time seemed to pass by relatively quickly.
Nothing really hurt physically except for one of my feet starting to cramp a bit. I changed into my Inspire shoes at mile 30. At that point I felt like playing it safe since I’d never run anything over a marathon in the Sayonaras and most of my training runs are in Inspires. My feet were ready for a little more support.
Once I changed shoes, the cramping went away thank goodness.
The Good Morning San Diego broadcast was done taping at 10:00 am so things got a bit quiet around the studio. People were there, but not much was going on in my little corner anymore.
I had Melissa get me my Runner’s World magazine from my bag before she left. I needed something to do the last couple of miles to help pass the time.
I’m not the best at reading on the treadmill, but it actually really made the last few miles go by quickly. Funny that this article is in this month’s issue.
They wanted me to let them know when I was almost done so they could get me on camera finishing and do an interview afterwards.
I gave them the head’s up when I had about a half a mile to go. The fam was back by then too so I felt I had to pick it up a bit for the finish.
And then we got it.
That was a really great number to see.
I stayed on the treadmill and they gave me a mike for another interview. This time it was with Dan Plante.
We chatted a bit while I walked. I never did see this on air, I guess they showed it on the morning show Saturday since some of my friends saw it. I’m bummed. Hoping to track it down somehow.
I wasn’t quite ready to get off the treadmill right away. I needed just a few more pictures to remember everything.
The boys really liked seeing themselves on the TV too. It was so fun to watch them.
37 miles, two pairs of shoes, two purple potatoes, lots of sweat, lots of love, a huge support system, a very hospitable studio……… the list goes on and on.
I cleaned up just enough to pretend I was a news anchor for a few with my sweet men.
We delivered the news pretty well in my opinion. Hmm….. I wonder if they’d ever let us work there.
Maybe Dan can hook us up with a gig. Kidding kidding.
Nice sweat mark lady.
We were on our way shortly. I’m fairly certain they were glad to see us on our way. Ha.
One last stop for yo-yos,
a quick “hello” to my buddy Mario (he said he liked my hat)
and that was the STUFT 60 Challenge morning.
As of right now our total amount we raised for Sixty Feet is at $3175, but there might still be some donations coming in from virtual runners and such. (You can still donate here.)
I really can’t thank everyone enough for the involvement, support, encouragement, donations, virtual running, prizes, etc.
This is hopefully just the first step towards giving back. I can’t wait to do something like this again.
I pinch myself every morning because I can run again. I also tell myself that at any time if I’m not making a difference in a positive way with blogging or running, then, well, I better find something else to do.
An additional huge thank you to NuttZo for donated so many jars of their amazing nut butter for people who donated and for all these other companies that donated prizes: Mizuno, Handful, Halo, Pro Compression, Action Wipes, The Chia Company and Quest Nutrition.
(Winners will be randomly chosen in the next few days and announced here on the blog and by email.)
Another additional thank you to Fitness Direct for supplying the treadmill.
to KUSI for having us
TO ALL OF YOU!
Together we made a difference for these children in Uganda.
We raised money and awareness for this organization.
The Sixty Feet team does amazing work to provide immediate relief in the form of water, food, medical care, clothing and bedding along with providing long term restoration through educational sponsorships, justice, counseling, resettlement efforts and the love of Christ.
We are so blessed and grateful.
You know, I pinch myself every morning because I can run again. I also tell myself pretty much every day that at any time if I’m not making a difference in a positive way with blogging or running, then, well, I better find something else to do.
This STUFT 60 Challenge is hopefully just the first step towards giving back and doing more good in the world with what we’ve been given.
I can’t wait to see what we can come together to do next.