week 12 | don't hide those brushstrokes

The final week has arrived before the Rock 'n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon, and I wanted to share some photos from my training over the last three months.

I recently read a great article about not hiding our brushstrokes. Many of us are familiar with the "highlight reel" adage on Facebook. We often see the highlights of people's lives, but not what's going on behind the scenes. The boring parts, the difficult parts, the highs and the lows.

The reason I continue to share my half marathon experience is because:

  • There are people out there who don't think they can run 13 miles (I was one of them for a loong time) and I want to shout from the rooftops that it is 100% possible.
  • I enjoy taking photos, especially of places I've never been in the city.
  • I want to raise awareness about my training as I raise money for charity: water.

When I began training, one of my goals was to document it through Nike+ and my photos, so that I could look back and see how far I had come since July. I didn't post every single photo on social media because that would be a little bit of an overkill. All of my photos were taken with my iPhone 5S and I tried (unsuccessfully) to take at least one photo during every run. 

There's literally been blood, sweat, and tears (and a very cracked up iPhone) to get to this point. It has not been easy, it has certainly not been fast, but it has been worth it. 

The support for my charity: water fundraising has been unlike any other campaign I've done, and I'm hopeful we can get the total up even higher by the time I finish my race on Saturday. $5,000 is a lot of money, but it would also help A LOT of people.

Thank you for reading this, for cheering me on, donating, and pushing forward with your own goals. The media tends to portray the millennial generation in a negative light, but I think we're pretty darn amazing.