This week, I hit the one-month mark of my Love4Gambia campaign and, right now, I am feeling really grateful. And somewhat tired now that I am back to 5-days per week of training + yoga practice. This month has been focused on organizing campaign details. I’m excited to confirm my first 3 corporate sponsors in the coming days… stay tuned!
NSGA has a staff of about 25 in The Gambia and I am so grateful for our Gambian team’s response to Love4Gambia. I’ve received glowing emails from Nyakassi, our Gambian Country Director, telling me to please know that I have all of his support. Later, he shared that he has contacted the Ministry of Education and plans to contact the Sports Council, the business community and other government bodies, as he is hopeful for an “inspiring and fruitful” campaign. And in our last communication, he assured me “we will do our best for you to have a successful run.” Gambian friend Baba Jallow emailed me saying how special this campaign was because “no one ever comes to The Gambia to do something like this.” I can’t fail with this kind of Gambian love behind me.
The last 4 weeks have also marked my return to “real” training after a one-month hiatus post Valley half marathon, spent eating steak and drinking wine in Chile & Argentina (which training partner Mike says made me soft). I’m back at the track on Tuesdays & Thursday with coach Cliff and back to the long road on Saturdays with my training boys. With the December cold & rain, I’m pretty sure I’ve run the “soft” out of me. I love the track and I love training hard with the boys. And I love the amusing things that Cliff says during workouts. Highlight of the last month (after missing a 400m split by 4 seconds): “What, did ya fall asleep on that one?!”
Training log- weekly mileage.
week 1: 43km
week 2: 56km
week 3: 53km
week 4: 57km
For now, my training is focused on Boston Marathon in April. I’ve had one ingenious idea for preparing to run across Gambia, thanks to yoga pal Stefanie. She suggests that I join her for hot yoga practice at Moksha Dartmouth. I suggest that I run laps around the studio during hot yoga practice. Yes, Stef? I’m accepting more training ideas, comment below!
I leave you with this piece of Gambia love, straight from the Smiling Coast, friends Spiderman (Doudou) and Musicman (Cherreh) from my 2007 summer: