I have the Back on My Feet 20in24 Lone Ranger race this week, on 7/20! I am running for 12 of the 24 hours due to work the next day, but I am grateful for this chance to still run with my friends. I am humbled and thankful for all my supporters who have generously donated to my cause, and as of this week I have raised $530 for Back on My Feet. Over the past two years, I have raised over $2000 for Back on My Feet as as FundRacer! It is an amazing organization that uses running as a vehicle to help the homeless regain self-sufficiency. If their residential members (individuals experiencing homelessness) attend 90% of practices, they are connected with housing assistance and job placement assistance.
I have run this race for the past two years, and it is one of my favorite races because it was the first time I had ever run 76 miles in 24 hours back in 2011. It was a transformative and unforgettable experience. Below is one of my favorite photos from the 2012 edition, with my friends Otto and Michelle. My goal is to run 50 miles in under 11 hours, then work the next day!
I feel like I trained well for this race, and it will be a great stepping stone for my Bear 100 preparations. In the past few weeks, I have completed the Oakley New York Mini 10K (time was 53:46), the Portugal Day run 5-miler (43:48), the Front Runners Gay Pride Run 5-miler (44:21), the Governor’s Island Get Outside 10K (new PR of 49:55), and I paced my friend Juergen for 26 miles of his first 100-miler (The Greater NY 100). I had so much fun seeing my Dashing Whippets male teammates dressing up to cheer on us ladies for the Mini 10K, and I loved running with my friends Shamz, Leong, Peter and Carol on Governor’s Island. I know I am ready!
I am a bit worried about the hot weather (NYC is experiencing a heat wave right now), but I just need to hydrate properly and adjust my pace according to how my body is feeling.
I won a Twitter contest through Running and the City, where I said that if I won the prize of a month’s supply of Enlightened ice cream, I would use it as motivation to train for the Bear 100. Out of dozens of tweets submitted, mine was chosen as the winner and two weeks later, 8 boxes of healthy Enlightened ice cream (in flavors of Fudge, orange cream, and coffee, yum!) showed up on my doorstep! Thank you thank you!
I also entered a Facebook contest for a Skechers Performance/ Meb Keflezighi (elite marathoner) prize pack worth $650. I entered it without much thought, and I received an email a week later saying that I won! The prize pack included a Garmin Forerunner 10, Oakley Flak Jacket sunglasses, a Sony Walkman Meb mp3 player, UCAN product, a box of Krave turkey jerky, Powerbar product, CEP compression socks, Meb’s book “Run to Overcome” and Skechers running shoes! It was the best raffle prize I ever received. Thanks so much, Skechers and the raffle gods! Now I have even more motivation to train my best.