Jeanette's Marathon Journey

Jeanette's Marathon Journey

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GOTR Council: Girls on the Run Greater Houston

Project Created on: 11/11/2015

Project Type: SoleMates

Even though I've never called myself a "runner," I've had the itch to complete a marathon for several years. Setting big physical goals  to train for (e.g., ride the MS150, hike to Machu Picchu) has become something I really enjoy, but I had never been able to break through my mental barrier that said running was just too hard for me to do.

This year I had the distinct privilege of meeting and being inspired by Kathrine Switzer, who was the first woman to register and run the Boston Marathon. You'll likely remember her from the iconic black-and-white photos of a race official trying to pull her from the course while she ran. Kathrine spent a day in October with Girls on the Run Greater Houston, where I have served on the Board of Directors since 2014. We were able to raise over $20,000 at a luncheon where Kathrine spoke, which is a testament to just how inspiring this woman is in person!

Based on her experience in the 1967 Boston Marathon, Kathrine has recently created the 261 Fearless movement, which is uniting women globally in the name of overcoming adversity and doubt as they move toward a life of empowerment. For Kathrine, that empowerment came through running: she was instilled with an unshakable confidence at a young age, and she ended up proving herself and her supporters absolutely right.

At Girls on the Run Greater Houston, we aim to give the same confidence to young girls in Houston. This year, we are inspiring nearly 1500 3rd-8th grade girls in the Houston area to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. At the culmination of each 24-lesson season, the girls complete a 5K running event, giving them a tangible sense of achievement and a powerful framework for setting and attaining life goals. Seeing our girls complete their 5Ks, combined with hearing Kathrine speak, has finally pushed me toward conquering my fear of running for good!

I will be completing the RunGirl Half Marathon on December 6, 2015 in Houston, and the Rock & Roll New Orleans Marathon on February 28, 2016. My goal through these races, in addition to fulfilling a huge personal challenge, is to raise $1500 for Girls on the Run Greater Houston: $500 for my half marathon and $1000 for my marathon. While I know these distances will not be easy for me to complete, I also know that at some point the challenge will become more mental than physical. Your support and knowing that my hard work is going to support an organization that I love will go a long way toward keeping me motivated!

Please join me in pledging your tax deductible donation, which will go directly toward inspiring and motivating young girls to grow into confident, healthy women. Many of our girls are in need of scholarships to participate in the program, and that is where your support is greatly needed. Our goal as an organization is to never turn away any girl, school, or site because they lack the funds to participate. Together, we can use $1500 to sponsor an entire team of girls at one of our Houston sites.

Thank you in advance for your support! Please reach out to me with any questions - I will be posting race and training updates to Facebook as my runs get closer.


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