Donna Deegan is the reason behind what I do every Saturday morning. She is an inspiration to me! Her story is incredible and has played out on the local news here in Jacksonville as she is one of our local news anchors. She is a fighter. She believes in hope. Her passion for her foundation and for finishing breast cancer are unmatched! I am so proud to run with her every week!
The Donna Foundation "raises money to be used exclusively for First Coast women living with breast cancer... who, for whatever reason, can't make ends meet." I believe that their mission is a unique and incredible one! The money helps women right here, every day, in just continuing to live their lives after such a devastating diagnosis.
The 26.2 with Donna, the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, is a local race doing local good - but also GLOBAL good! The money we raise not only helps the Donna Foundation but also helps fund some of the most cutting edge research to find a cure for breast cancer. Our own Mayo Clinic is leading the way right now in finishing breast cancer! It's an amazing thing! But the really amazing thing is the crowd support in this marathon/half marathon. It is like nothing you have ever seen before! The cheering, the pink, the signs, the decorations - blocks and blocks of street parties to celebrate us as runners and help us through! If you have never run this race and live anywhere close by (or far away!) you really should add it to your MUST DO race list! You will NOT be sorry!
|That's me in the black waving as we run thru Atlantic Beach|
Saturday is one of the most positive, happy days of my week! I always look forward to our group runs - no matter how early, how hot or cold or how many miles we will be running!
My past three Saturdays have been full of positive, happy people and events! On July 21st we had our Group Leader Magic Mile. The Magic Mile is a formula Jeff Galloway uses to help us determine our ultimate paces for all distances. I had a goal to break my last MM time of 8:09 from last September. But deep in my heart of hearts and left unspoken was another goal: Break 8:00!
|My fast shoes and my 7:59:04 time!!|
So my day started off with a bang to say the least! Then came the celebration run for the Getting Started Galloway group. Every year they host a Getting Started 5k at the end of their 9 weeks of training. For many of these men & women this is their first ever 5k! And I was in charge of medals! Very cool!
|I love pink!|
|Catching up with friends|
|At the new Donna Headquarters - <3 the surfboard!|
After all of the morning welcomes we then head off to run! The first two weeks of training runs are always a bit chaotic! I love that I have done this before and now know what to expect! We "do the Galloway" (insert link to video here: Do the Galloway) so we Run-Walk-Run in various intervals. If you are new to the group, you stick with someone leading a group of runners or walkers that you think you might fit with. Because Donna has a new headquarters right next to the University of North Florida, we got to run thru part of this beautiful, naturally preserved campus! It was lovely!
|Coming back from our 3 mile run|
It was another great Saturday morning! It doesn't matter if we meet at 6am or that it is freezing cold and dark in December. It doesn't matter that I have to be up at 4:30am to drive 45 minutes to get to our training location for the week. I know when I get there I will be among friends. I will be welcomed and inspired. I will get in an awesome training run for a wonderful cause!
|My crazy fun training group from last year! The Lost Soles|
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