Happy New Year!! As you have already read in my past articles, this year has been a year of tremendous change in my life.
In the fall of 2008, I completed my first 1/2 Marathon (see picture above). My time was 1:59 and I placed a respectable 8 out of 36 in my age division, and 375 out of 694 overall. John tried to keep me on pace for most of the run, even running backwards at times. He now tells me what a tremendous challenge that was.
It took four days of Bootcamp and Weight Training after the race for me to finally realize my accomplishment. Now that it is behind me I have the time, energy and commitment to try and in some small way change the life of another. John Wayman has promised to help me do that by making sure I am ready for and finish the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009.
For 10 years I have envied and cheered those men and women who had the tenacity and willpower to run the Boston Marathon for a cause that they were so passionate about. Today I understand why they do it. This year I am proud to be one of those marathoners. I am honored to have been chosen to run for The Second Step, a private non-profit agency that provides transitional housing and support services to women and their children who have taken the first step away from domestic violence. The Second Step helps these women to remain free from abusive relationships and lead productive lives. They provide a broad range of services to empower these women to heal, to maintain independence, and to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
The first week of training has been a challenge. Day 1, we had to run 10 miles in 9 degree weather dodging ice and snow and a wind chill that produced icicles in my hair. Day 2 was the first time John pushed me so hard that I vomited. Day 3 I got home at 10:00 p.m. (we had to officially register that night). But all of that said, I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Whatever setbacks occur, I will tough it out knowing that each step I take helps another human being take their second step away from domestic violence. Unfortunately, domestic violence doesn’t just affect women. It affects children and some children, not only are abused, but may die as a result. There will no doubt be sacrifices along the way for all in my family but I know they will support me and with their help I will finish my goal. I have enlisted the support of my daughter Nicole to help with fund raising, Danielle to ride her scooter next to me on my training runs and my husband and friends to help with the long training runs.
Now John and I need your help. We have committed to raise $10,000 to benefit The Second Step and if you can help by donating anything we would be extremely appreciative. Please go to www.thesecondstep.org and click on ‘Donate Now’. Once you have entered your information, select ‘Marathon Gina/John’ in the ‘Designation’ Drop Down. You didn’t think he would let me do this alone did you. A big Thanks to Brett who was kind enough to let me share the next chapter with you.