Hello friends and family!

If you know me, you likely have heard me say I'd never run a marathon. I've ran many races, including 5K's, 10K's, 15K's, and half marathons but I've always been way too scared to ever run a full marathon. Also, too slow. Until God put it on my heart to run for World Vision recently. My focus shifted from myself to those who are less fortunate than me. I'm not asking for much from you, just whatever you can give: whether that be a few dollars or some cheer and support through the next several months of training and on race day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me. Let's help end poverty one step at a time!

Update:

We are more than a month into the training and I already feel a change occurring in my life. The slow but steady pounding of the pavement helps to clear my mind. My body is also changing, my legs are stronger and my stomach chub is slowly decreasing. Everytime I'm running and feeling tired, I think of the kids in Africa who are always tired just from having to get water for the day. The fact that I'm doing this for way more than just myself is what keeps me going. Please note that for every $50 you donate, you provide clean water to one person for a lifetime. Even if you don't have $50, please consider donating whatever you can. Every little bit helps. And thank you from the bottom of my heart! I love all of you!

Update:

We are in #tapertown! Less than 3 weeks from the big day! I've been having marathon dreams, where I just am running forever and there is no finish line, but I know that I'm ready for this race. I ran 20 miles already, what's another 6.2? I never thought I would say these words: I'm only running 12 miles this weekend! I just want to thank everyone who's donated so far! We're over $500 already! If you have the means and willing to, please consider donating whatever you can. If not, just keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I wrap up with this marathon training and lace up on race day. I'll see you out there on the morning of October 8th! Love all of you!

Update:

Three days to go. This can't get more real. I've trained all summer for this race. I'm physically and mentally ready. And I see God working through my amazing friends and family who are giving as they are called to. Thank you to those who have donated, and thank you even if you can't donate. Your support and love alone is enough for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without all of you, I wouldn't have made it this far. You push me further, 26.2 miles further. :)

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Jen

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World Vision provides more clean water than any nongovernment organization in the world. They work with communities around the world to help solve the puzzle of poverty -- providing things like clean water, nutritious food, education, medical care, economic opportunity, and spiritual development.

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