Though the number of races I have done since my first endurance event in 2015 (an Olympic triathlon) are modest compared to most endurance athletes, I have had the opportunity to complete some pretty cool races. There was the first half IronMan in 2017, the first full IronMan in 2018, and my first 50 Mile ultra-marathon in 2019.
The most fun race I have ever had in a race however, was the 2020 Carlsbad Half Marathon, where I was fortunate enough to join Team Scott and Team Ainsley’s Angels for the first time. Ainsley’s Angels is a non-profit that helps challenged athletes of all ages participate in races by pairing them up with experienced and dedicated runners, while spreading awareness of the unique challenges of disabled athletes around the world. For 13.1 miles Scott, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, and I were hooting and hollering, encouraging and being encouraged by others, and having a grand old time. It was so much fun that time flew by and those 13.1 Miles didn’t seem that far at all. Scott inspired me and thousands of fellow runners that day and led by example, showing that no matter what situation you find yourself in, you are always capable of moving forward.
Being able to race, even just being able to move your body and exercise, is an often under-appreciated gift. Each year I strive to raise my personal baseline by challenging my physical and mental limits. At mile 48 of 50 during the 2019 Old Cascadia 50 Miler, after 13 hours and 12,000ft of climbing and descending the technical trails of the Cascadia mountain range, I hit my limits. For the first time in my life, my mind could not will my body to run, having to walk the last 2 miles to the finish. This presented me with the cherished opportunity to find answers as to why I couldn’t push myself past that mental barrier, answers I needed for my big goal in 2020. I will be running my first 100 Mile ultra-marathon on August 1st at the Angeles Crest 100 and raise awareness and funds for Ainsley’s Angels.
I found Ainsley’s Angels through speaking with Brent Pease from the Kyle Pease Foundation. He graciously pointed me in the direction of the Southern California chapter, as he knew that is where I was currently stationed. I got in touch with the SoCal ambassador, Robin Bourque-Totsch, who brought me into the Ainsley’s Angels family as she does with so many other great volunteers, riders, and runners. Robin is awesome and the perfect person you want to lead the Southern California chapter. As a proud Marine and mother, she gets the job done every time.
I am excited to build my mental and physical fitness in preparation for my first 100 Miler. I will be posting monthly training updates on my blog: http://neverquitmotivation.com/fitness2/running-for-good-100-miler-fundraiser. I hope you can join me in my journey and help raise funds and awareness for this incredible cause. With your help, we can raise funds to help acquire more race-chairs so that those not as fortunate to be able to simply get up and move their feet still have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill and excitement of race-day. Let’s run for good!
Lastly, all contributions to are TAX DEDUCTIBLE under section 170 of the IRS Code, as Ainsley’s Angels is qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. Our tax ID is EIN 45-3576353 and our IRS tax exemption ID (DLN) is 17053067330003. Of note, all donations through this page will receive a Donation Receipt from Crowdrise for upon donating and all goal overages will aid Ainsley’s Angels in mission execution!