In two weeks, I will be running the 26.2 with Donna Marathon Weekend in Jacksonville. I will be pacing the 3:30 finish for the half marathon. If you have been following my running adventures for the last few years, you’ll know that the DONNA is a race that is close to my heart.
In 2013, I ran my first marathon at the 26.2 with Donna, and it forever changed my life. Not only because it was the race that I became a marathoner, but it was also a race I fell in love with. Crossing that finish line changed my life, and I later was blessed with becoming an ambassador for the 2014 DONNA race weekend.
The 2019 DONNA will be the 5th time I ran the race weekend. Following my 2013 marathon, I ran the half marathon in 2014, the full marathon again in 2015, and the half marathon in 2017 for the 10-year race anniversary. The DONNA is a race like no other, and it all benefits breast cancer research and helping those in need of financial assistance while fighting breast cancer through The Donna Foundation.
Since I ran the WDW Half Marathon on January 12th, I didn’t get in my long run for DONNA until this weekend. On Saturday morning, I ran 10 miles, followed by a one-mile walk. I was pretty tired and I think my recent fibro flare-up didn’t help. But, I was happy to get in a good long run, and feel prepared for the half on February 10th.
I was actually going to originally pace the 3:15 finish at DONNA, but am looking forward to going a bit slower with the 3:30 pace group. It’s going to be nice to enjoy the course at an easier pace. The DONNA always has some of the best spectators lining the neighborhood streets, so I’m looking forward to it.
The race also means more to me since I have friends who are breast cancer survivors, or are currently fighting the horrible disease. We really need to find a cure for cancer, and this race helps fund needed research for breast cancer. Running the DONNA is more than running 13.1 or 26.2 miles, it’s about finding a cure.
If you are still looking for a great race to run next month, I can’t recommend the Breast Cancer Marathon race weekend more. You’re supporting an amazing cause, and the race is a blast. Learn more about the race here.