Stick a fork in it...
The fat lady is singin'...
Raisin' the white flag...
However you want to say it, this girl has to stop.
I've spent the last eighteen weeks doing my dead-level best to be able to run this marathon Nov. 18. The last three weeks have been giving everything to trying to recover from an injury that is keeping me from running without extreme pain. My chiropractor, Dr. Lanny Stanley, (who I absolutely cannot say enough good things about), has worked even harder than I have, I think, to get me back on the road. And it will happen - but not on Nov. 18.
I have to take care of this injury and apparently, I can't do it and keep trying to run at the same time.
I am focusing on active recovery, core training, and picking another marathon for some time next spring - and we'll try this again. I'm not willing to give up the dream, but I have to put it on hold.
I'm disappointed, I'm sad, I'm frustrated, at moments I'm angry, but today -- this I know --
Here's another thing I know - even more so: This is very much a first-world-middle-class problem. I'll get over it. I'll get better - I'll move on.
It has enabled me to raise awareness for a problem that is not a first-world-middle-class problem - human trafficking. That, I will not be raising any white flags on. And I hope you won't either. We have to care for the marginalized and the forgotten. We cannot let people forget. Your niche may not be human trafficking - it may be fostering, or adoption, or homelessness, or clean water, or extreme poverty, (unfortunately, the list is endless) but we cannot forget those that society wants to turn their eyes from.
So if you still want to give to help OATH for the miles I ran, here it is: 276 miles.
And here's the link to give. My body giving out on running is no reason for us to give out on being part of a change, right?
If you're just now hearing any of this, you can look here for info on OATH, read stories, see what they do and how you can help in other ways besides giving money.
God calls us to "act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God."
I can't stop doing that - we can't stop doing that - no matter how much it hurts.
And one other thing I want to say - thank you, thank you, thank you, to those of you that have encouraged me, cheered me on, and especially prayed for me and over me (literally, in some cases) both from the beginning of this journey and especially over the last three weeks. Y'all are awesome.