The Final Countdown

I am about to age myself, but this is worth it! When I was growing up, I played softball and basketball. The excitement before running out onto the court at a big game was palpable. Your heart pounds. Your palms are sweaty. You feel a little trepidation and motivated all at the same time! One of the songs we ran out onto the court to (along with “We Will Rock You”) was “The Final Countdown.” Anyone born before 1995 will not be able to listen to this without feeling nostalgic :).

The Final Countdown. That’s exactly where I find myself right now. The taper. The last 13 days. The pounding heart. The nail biting (reserved for my thumbs only 🙂 !). The nerves in full force. The expectation for an experience of a lifetime. It’s almost GO time!

There’s no other way to say it – the month of March and early April have been a combination of both incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding! It has been a hair-pulling, head-spinning, over-scheduled month, including many training hours, many work hours, and tons of kids’ activities, all with Ben in 24-7 work/study mode. On the other hand, we were able to celebrate my son’s 8th birthday on the same day as we celebrate new beginnings because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, Easter. Another little exciting thing about this past month… I had the opportunity to travel to Boston to meet my Team in Training team, hear two amazing Mission Moment stories, and run our last long training run ON THE BOSTON MARATHON COURSE!! Within 30 hours time, I drove 700 miles, slept 1 hour, and ran 20 miles. A little cray cray and a whole lot of “will never forget!”

March’s stats:

  • 174 miles run
  • 5 cross-training workouts
  • My longest run in March and for this training cycle was 24 miles. I survived.
  • Team Alyssa t-shirts arrived on the 29th. Thank you to those who have purchased a t-shirt! We have 27 left for $10 each. Proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you haven’t had a chance to jump on board yet and want to, this is an easy way to do it!

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Another exciting event was this past weekend. We had a Team Appreciation Party, to thank everyone who has made this journey possible. THANK YOU!! Along with Boston Baked Beans, New England Clam Chowder, Boston Cream Donuts, Fig Newtons, and everything else Boston and LLS themed, thanks to the efforts of my side-kick in this journey Kristin, we were fortunate enough to have Derek Fitzgerald, who is the only “Cancer, Heart Transplant, Ironman” in the world, share his story! This video is absolutely worth the 6 minutes! Please watch it to see exactly why we are passionate about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society specifically, but in general, about participating in something that is bigger than yourself. We all can make a difference in someone’s life!


To date Team Alyssa has raised $12,302!! That number will rise as we send in t-shirt proceeds and also receive the final countdown donations. OUR TEAM IS IN 11TH PLACE OF 90 TEAM IN TRAINING PARTICIPANTS!!!! This is HUGE!!! I feel incredibly lucky to represent all of you and your efforts to make this happen! 

If you haven’t had the chance to yet (or hearing The Final Countdown got you all fired up 🙂 !), please make a donation in support of my efforts to run the Boston Marathon with Team In Training and help get us all closer to a world without blood cancers,