Sometimes you have to send the family away in order to make some progress. Anyways, that is my story as I sent my husband off for 17 days to Torres Del Paine. He, and three of the kids, will be hiking Patagonia for 2 weeks. I, on the other hand, will be trying to convince everyone why they should donate to my cause. The list is long and I feel more passion than ever toward my fundraising.
My goal is $50,000 which I need to hit prior to December 31st in order to get to the World Ironman Championships in Kona for 2017. The money I raise goes to so many great causes like grants for organizations that support all Ironman races through volunteering, Meals on Wheels, Make a Wish and First Responders to name a few. The mission of the Ironman Foundation is to leave the Ironman legacy through philanthropy, volunteerism and grant making by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit organizations.
Also, if you haven’t heard, I will be racing in 2017 for Greg Morris! He has a long road ahead of him and I will be supporting him through our friendship, by pushing him and challenging him to work hard even though it will hurt like hell and be hard.
Continue to visit my blog for updates as I prepare for Ironman Boulder prior to Kona. For now, however, please consider making a donation and sponsoring my cause. Thank you!
Russ and I should get a talking to. We both forgot it was our Anniversary until the morning of and then it was a little late as we had made plans. Russ took Grayson to the Nuggets game as one of his birthday presents and I planned on working late (which I did)! We did, however, celebrate our Anniversary on Wednesday with a really nice evening of dinner and a movie (Dr. Strange). We had a really nice time.
Matthew and Caroline (his girlfriend) came home for Thanksgiving. We had such a nice time. We split up the dinner menu with our good friend and neighbor, Marty, being in charge of the turkey, stuffing and gravy. It was awesome. Russ even disappeared a few times during the day to go check on “Marty!” (aka watch football and have a drink)! The day began with a nice walk at Cherry Creek Reservoir and ended with a movie! Perfect.
I realized today how much everyone at the office misses Greg. At lunch, a good friend told me that Greg is like a security blanket. If he ever needed anything, he knew Greg was there. Now, that blanket isn’t around and it is scary. Greg means so much to many of us. I got to speak to Michele in length today. It was so good to hear her voice and talk. She is an incredibly strong woman. I truly hope they get home soon.
After taking a 3.5 mile walk with my husband carrying his backpack (for his upcoming trip to Patagonia) and my dog, I spent the day working and watching Ironman Arizona live. Such a cool event and I wish I was there. I did get to see Lionel Sanders of Canada cross the finish line of IMAZ and set a World Record of 7:44:29! Never in the history of Ironman has there been a better time! How cool. I can’t imagine. For those of you who know me, I just want to break 16 hours!
Last night I had another dream with Greg in it. In this dream, he was giving me advice on the office move. It has been weighing on me because we only have so many offices and a lot of great people. I did get the criteria down on paper which makes me feel good about that. Greg has definitely taught me well. I think just like him!
I spent three hours today working on donations by writing personal emails. I have a lot of work ahead of me. If you are reading this and wondering what to give then 1) thank you for visiting my blog and 2) my goal is $50,000. Any amount you give is appreciated and will Make a Difference. I am really working hard to see if my employer will sponsor me. I reflect that in my 29 years of employment, I have never asked the Company for a donation. The Company has given ten of thousands of dollars to Craig Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Diabetes, etc. so I am hopeful this will be a cause they can get behind. I am crossing my fingers, praying and not giving up! I can reach my goal and hope you might be able to help.
I may have missed Ironman Arizona today, but I will not miss Ironman Kona! Keep tuning into my blog and following me. Thanks so much!
It is time for me to look ahead and stop being depressed. I have a goal to reach and I am doing it! I looked at my goal that I set at the beginning of the year, and now it is time to achieve it! Greg Morris taught me to write down my goals and look at them each month so I would be on track. He taught me so much and became my dearest friend. I have spent the last 30 days mourning for Greg and the unknown haunting me each night. Now, as he lay in ICU in Madrid, Spain fighting for so much, I am going to snap out of it!
I want to share a memory. When Matt was 16 years old, I was struggling through a divorce and feeling sorry for myself. At one point, Greg straightened me out. He sat down with me and said, “Kristine, you have to get your f ing shit together! Your life isn’t over and your son needs you! You have a good job and great friends. I will help you, but pull yourself together and you will get through this!” He was firm and that is just what I needed.
So, this is it – I am getting my act together as Greg has always taught me and I am going to achieve my goal! My 2017 race season is for GREG MORRIS and when I make it to Kona (with all your help), I pray that Greg and his wife, Michele, will be in Kona with me. I will race for him and hope when I cross the line, he is there with my husband and kids.
My posts will be more regular now. I have $50,000 to raise for a very worthy cause.
Commitment to Community and Greg!
For the last 25+ years, Greg Morris and I have worked together. While technically he is my boss, I consider him one of my closest personal friends. He has always been there for me during some of the hardest times of my life – my father’s death, my spinal meningitis, my divorce, my mother’s death and my brother’s. He gave me guidance and great advice with Matthew and celebrated with me my marriage to Russ.
Three weeks ago, Greg had a brain aneurysm after landing in Madrid, Spain. I was in Mexico for the start of our fall break vacation when I received the news from my assistant, his daughter-in-law, Katie Morris. After hearing how severe it was, and with the support of my husband, I caught a flight home so I could be in the office to handle things. While Greg is stable, he is in very critical condition. Right now, it is just day to day with lots of prayers being sent to Greg.
My priority has been focusing on all our employees, work and taking care of things. I have been unable to train though I tried a number of times to get in some critical workouts, but each time something more pressing was occurring. I spoke to the Ironman Foundation and they have graciously offered to move me to another race rather than trying to finish Ironman Arizona. I also will be able to get to Kona for the World Championship if I hit my fundraising goal by year-end!
So, though I am postponing my next race, I am finishing what I started and am more convinced now than ever to hit my goal! I am making a difference for so many organizations that do not get much support – like Make a Wish and Meals on Wheels!
Greg was very supportive of my fundraising, training and racing – though he thought I was crazy. I plan on dedicating my 2017 racing to Greg! Hopefully, Michele and him will be able to fly out to Kona next October!