The first time I ran St. Jude was in 2011. I had (what I afterwards found out was) bronchitis with resulting costochondritis and strained intercostal muscles from the relentless cough. I was in pain and hadn’t slept well in a week. I was crying in the corrals because I wanted to bail so badly. But I didn’t. And I sucked as much as one would expect.
The second time I ran St. Jude was in 2012. Normally one would be happy to have a sunny 70-degree day in December. But not a runner who has trained for a marathon in 40- and 50-degree weather for the last couple of months. My race sucked as much as one would expect.
The third time I will run St. Jude will be on December 6th of this year!
Registration for Heroes opened at 10:00 yesterday morning, and I was on it like stink on shit. Last year I waited until open registration and it sold out before I got in (which turned out great for me because the race was CANCELLED due to an ice storm last year!). I didn’t want to risk that again this year, so I committed to doing a little fundraising. This is the first time I’ve made that monetary commitment, but I’m excited to be doing it!
(If you’d like to donate toward my $500 commitment, you can do it here: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?px=2145666&fr_id=20064&pg=personal)