Putting yourself out there for something like this isn't really an easy decision. You never know how people are going to respond and you get nervous that the whole project will fail miserably. So, it took me a long time to get up the courage to put this idea out there for the world to see. But a small group of close friends gave me the final push that I needed to throw it out there and take a leap of faith that people will respond. And I am so glad that they did.
The outpouring of support- monetarily and emotionally- in such a short amount of time, has been unbelievable. I am humbled by the response that this has gotten and it makes me wish that my first race were tomorrow instead of two weeks away. I am just so incredibly thankful for the support system I have in place. It will carry me through this experience.
Before everything kicks off officially, I need to recognize a few people that have been instrumental in my preparation and readiness. I have been blessed to have some amazing people in my life that once they heard about my plan, quickly stepped up and wanted to do anything that they could to help me get it off the ground. That fantastic "26 in 2013" chalk board style header that you see up there at the top of my blog was designed by my beautiful friend Christie Crofford. Who, upon hearing of my final decision to move forward, immediately asked if she could create something special for me to use as a logo in order to give the project its own special look and feel. When she showed me the final look she came up with, this entire thing just felt so real.
And then there are my unbelievably sweet and generous friends Katie Hanvelt and her sister Megan Ott. Who jumped into action the second my plan came to life and immediately asked if they could create the t-shirts that I would wear for each event. In less than two days, they designed and sent 26 racing tees on their way from Wisconsin to Connecticut. And then refused to take a dime from me to help offset the costs. I'll be running in style and will be honoring each loved one appropriately due to their kindness.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all. I will never be able to say thank you enough.