Challenge #29: Join a Tennis League and Play an Actual Match

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A while ago¬†I played in my first league tennis match. It didn’t go well, my doubles partner and I lost 0-6, 0-1.

I was hoping to redeem myself and play more so we could eventually win a match. Unfortunately, my partner and I had to pull out of the league due to her injury.

But! Tennis season is in full swing and I’m hoping that with continued lessons I’ll be able to join a singles league soon and play more matches. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Working Toward Challenge #19: Let My Friends Choose a Challenge

Here is your opportunity to challenge me!

I want you guys to submit ideas for challenges that you think would be fun or challenging for me to try.

Submit your ideas in a comment on this post or you can send me a message through Facebook.

Once enough ideas are submitted I will pick at least three of them and then we’ll all vote!

Let your creative juices flow because this could be really fun ūüôā

Back at it again!

After taking December off, and failing to get my act together in January, I’m officially back it and checking challenges off my list.

Watch this space for some exciting posts in the very near future!

Challenge #3: Run the Soldier Half Marathon

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Quite late in posting this, but my most difficult challenge is done! I ran the soldier half marathon ūüôā

I thought with a ten-miler under my belt and with all my training behind me that I’d have no trouble with a half marathon. Boy, was I wrong! There’s something about those last 3.1 miles that are super tough.

There was no way I couldn’t finish this race though, it was way too special to me. The race was located at my birthplace and I actually got to run right past my old neighborhood. Also, my parents flew in just¬†to see me run. My dad didn’t even arrive until that morning and he got there just as I was crossing the start line!

This race is even more special because I ran in the hope of raising $1,000 for the Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House is an amazing organization that provides housing near hospitals so military families can be nearer while their loved ones are receiving treatment.

This is a link to the Fisher House website, please take a look and see all the great work they do. If that encourages you then please donate toward the cause.

Here is a link for my donation page. I truly appreciate your support!

Here is a link to the full photo album.

Click here to see my full 30 for 30 list.

Challenge #5: Take Part in the Walk To End Alzheimer’s

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Another challenge done! I chose to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s because Alzheimer’s is a disease that has greatly impacted my family. I have lost many great family members to this disease and I would love to see the end of it!

Although the morning was cold, the company was warm – I was able to walk with my sister and my dear friend Pam. We walked all through The University of Georgia campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The true purpose of this walk was to raise $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Their vision is to see a world without Alzheimer’s and I would love to see that day too! If you feel the same way and would like to support me, please click here¬†to donate. Thank you so much!

Here is a link to my full 30 for 30 list.

Upcoming challenges

I’m enjoying keeping you all informed of the challenges I’ve completed so far. I hope you all are enjoying the reading. I love reading your comments and receiving your encouragement. Please keep it up because it’s really awesome!

I wanted to let you guys know about some of the challenges that are coming up.

This Saturday, October 22nd I will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Many of you may already know how Alzheimer’s has affected my family on such a large scale. I so badly want for a cure for this terrible disease so I’m hoping to raise $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

If this is a disease that you have been touched by in some way then I would encourage you to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. Here is a link to my donation page. I truly appreciate your support!

On Saturday, November 12th I will be running the Soldier Half Marathon at my birthplace of Ft. Benning, GA. This is going to be a very special race for me because this base holds a special place in my heart and because I’m trying to raise $1,000 for the Fisher House Foundation.

Fisher House is an amazing organization that provides housing near hospitals¬†so military families can be nearer while their loved ones are¬†receiving¬†treatment. Here is a link for my donation page. I can’t thank you enough for your donations and your support!

Challenge #2: Run the Army Ten-Miler

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Okay, I know I already said that cycling for 30 miles was a challenge I didn’t think I could complete, but¬†running the¬†Army Ten-Miler was a challenge I¬†really had doubts about.

I started training for the ATM in early March thinking that would be an adequate amount of time to prepare. However, a pretty annoying illness put me out of training for over a month. When I was finally able to start running again I felt like I had to start all over at square one.

In the lead up to the ATM I hadn’t run more than 4 miles at one time and I had resigned myself to the fact that I would have to run/walk it – not at all what I had planned and hoped to do!

Regardless of my lack of training, my sister Lauren and I drove up to D.C. (through hurricane Matthew weather) on the Friday before the race. On Saturday we went to the Expo to pick up our bibs and we were randomly given two free tickets to the ATM pasta dinner (reminded me of Spaghetti Wednesdays at Fort Wainwright!). The pasta dinner was just the morale boost (and the carbo load) I needed. We bumped into old Army friends and olympians Рit was amazing!

Sunday morning as we walked to the start line all my nerves had ebbed away. I was one little runner in a sea of 35,000 others and I felt so honored to be there. I ran with enthusiasts in crazy costumes, soldiers running in full uniform carrying our flag, and wounded veterans who were running with prostheses. It was such a humbling and emotional experience!

Race wise, I had a better time than I could have ever imagined. I actually managed to run the whole thing and I finished in two hours and eight¬†minutes.¬†I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish and I would love for you to have the chance to participate too.

I ran this race in the hope of raising $1,000 for the Fisher House Foundation. Fisher House is an amazing organization that provides housing near hospitals so military families can be nearer while their loved ones are receiving treatment.

This is a link to the Fisher House website, please take a look and see all the great work they do. If that encourages you then please donate toward the cause.

Here is a link for my donation page. I truly appreciate your support!

To see the the full photo album of the race, click  here .

Here is my full 30 for 30 list.