This is it!

IMG_4184This is it! It all comes down to Sunday morning. The 7,750 minutes or training and 866 miles run in the last 9 months and comes down to the last 26.2 miles on Sunday. I am nervous and excited all at once. I have learned so much about myself and others in this whole journey and what it takes to be a marathoner. The time and determination it takes is unreal and call me crazy, I might do it all again.

Through all of the training, my health has stayed in check with my Crohn’s and have only had to make a pit stop just a few times over the 866 miles of training. I have also stayed injury free for the last 9 months! I have lost about 30 pounds since I started this journey back at the end of December when I started my conditioning and have never felt better. I think back to my first run back on December 28 where I could barely run 2 miles nonstop at a 10+ minute/mile. Now I am staring down 26.2 miles with a goal to beat 4 hours (9:09/mile pace). I know that this is possible after my 20 mile run at 9:06/mile and still had a lot left in the tank to do this (average finisher is 4:21:49 and only 43% of male runners will finish under 4 hours.)

Here’s to the 26 Crohnnie’s I will be running for and their individual miles:

1.  Ben 14.  Sterlyng
2.  Caitlin 15.  Brooke
3.  Enid 16.  Marissa
4.  David 17.  Sylvia
5.  Lisa 18.  Ali
6.  Gabrielle 19.  Carey
7.  Mary 20.  Crystal
8.  Jenelle 21.  Luke
9.  Erika 22.  Megan
10. Kay 23.  Shelly
11. Mathelde 24.  Kristin
12. Richelle 25.  Lindsay
13. Natasha 26.2 Carrie

This run is for all of you guys! Follow me on Instagram (@jimbell1974) as I may be doing some live check-ins throughout the race. While this disease is limiting, it will NOT define me!

It’s still not too late to donate to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis! You can donate here.

See you at the finish line!

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