Bon jour Paris!

Monday, February 25, 2013

In less than a week, I take the Eurostar over to Paris for my first race of the season- the Paris 1/2 Marathon.  40,000 people will take to the streets and enjoy the sites.  I am looking forward to returning to Paris as I haven't been there since 2006 for a friend's wedding.  Unfortunately, I only have a day to sight-see and I won't be able to eat too many pain au chocolat (but you can be sure I will bring a big bag back to London with me).

If you are joining me in Paris, check out my friend Becca's suggestions on how to prepare for a race.  I am taking her advice and getting a sports massage on Tuesday (will let you know how that goes).

This is only my second half marathon.  The first was Run to the Beat in October, which took me through Greenwich.  That course had several hills, and looks like Paris does too.  I am hoping to beat my time of 2:03:46.  Would you like to help me do this?

One year ago, my nephew Jacob was taken up to Heaven after a still-born birth.  He had Down syndrome too, which we were all ready for but to lose him broke our hearts.

Part of my grieving process has been getting to know Brady Murray in Idaho.  He founded Rod's Racing, which raises money for orphans with Down Syndrome.  He has a son with Downs and couldn't believe how many children were put up for adoption with this condition around the world.

Meet Elvis!
The money we raise helps offset the adoption fees (often $20,000+) for families looking to open their homes to a child.  As a Rod's team member, I am committed to raising $1000 (£645) in 2013. Right now, the money goes towards Elvis' adoption fund (which has $10,000 of the $20,000 already raised).  My commitment to Elvis is to complete at least 4 races in 4 countries this year (2 half-marathons, a sprint triathlon, a 5K).  I have already started adding more events to my list.

Please send me an email or comment below with an amount you would like to donate if I beat my PB.  I haven't trained as much for this race with my longest run only 8 miles (halves are 13.1).  I will really push myself and ignore any negative thoughts if I know Elvis is depending on my race time.

Of course, you can donate regardless as it is a very worthy cause.  If every one of my daily viewers gave $10, we could raise so much money to help Elvis into a loving home.

Please support me here.

My races (to be updated as I add more)
March 2013    Paris 1/2 Marathon
April 2013       Energizer 10K Run (London)
May 2013       *Sri Chinmoy Auckland Domain Series 1/2 Marathon (New Zealand)
June 2013       Human Race 100 km bike ride 
July 2013       London Sprint Triathlon
August 2013    Ride London (100 mile bike ride)
August 2013   5K run in USA 

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