Since crossing that 1st marathon finish line in March of 2012, my decision to complete all 50 States while raising awareness against domestic violence seemed impossible. Impossible on many levels. How was I going to fund the travel expenses and race entry fees? How was I going to take the time off from work to do this? How was I going to train for 50 States and still have time to work to pay bills and spend quality time with my kids and friends? How was I going to have the time to work on my advocacy and volunteer efforts against domestic violence? I remember shaking with fear before making my 1st announcement in 2013 that this was my goal. Most of my friends thought I was nuts for taking on such a huge task. But somehow there was a voice inside of me telling me to do this and to keep moving forward and to do what I needed to do. I often say that it was God’s voice. That same voice kept telling me not to worry. So I didn’t! God provided ALL of my needs over a 6 year time period! I acted on FAITH and I was blessed immensely!
This July will be my 50th State at the Mad Marathon in Waitsfield, Vermont. Originally it was scheduled to be in Colorado Springs, Colorado which is my hometown. But due to logistical issues, I couldn’t make it happen. The Mad Marathon is known as “The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon”. Since my hashtag for my advocacy is ‘#beautifullife’ it seems quite fitting. Over the next 6 months, I will be writing about my journey. I will also be sharing old posts from my Marathons Against Domestic Violence page from Facebook here on this blog. You will read stories about my race experiences, people I’ve dedicated races to, and the wonderful places and people I’ve met along the way. I will write about my advocacy, local and national news stories I was in, as well as the times I was on the 5:00 News. You’ll also read about the heartbreaking and violent stories about my ex-husband. Those stories are filled with traumatic memories. But it’s those memories and what I experienced which fuels my footsteps and my VOICE to continue to help victims and survivors of intimate partner violence.
Through my struggles I found blessings. I remained financially broke to achieve this 50 State Marathon goal, but I became UNBROKEN! These past 6 years was a journey of not only helping others to find their way, but in the end…..I have found mine. In this journey I found me. I found my purpose. Best of all, I found love.