OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!

Is anyone else really excited for the next 12 or 13 weeks of this race!

How fitting was it that 45 years ago yesterday, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the LIncoln Memorial and delivered his infamous “I have a dream” speech.  Emmet Till, Rosa Parks, Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, Project C, these are all pieces of what led to this dream.  Although we have come such a long, LONG way from 45 years ago.  I would still argue that there is more to do.

I recently read something really stupid about how “America is not ready for a black president”; reading it made me want to kick someone.  HARD.  When I read, hear, witness ignorance at its best (or worst), I can’t help but feel total anger and frustration.  REALLY.  Is my anger out of place?  Perhaps, but I’d rather be angry and stand up for what I believe in, then to sit at the wayside and follow the masses and not “rock the boat”.  It’s time people became educated, instead of following in the footsteps of their friends and adults that surround them.  It’s time for people to think for themselves.  Then, make an informed decision…

Which brings up another point I have.  Why is talking about politics so taboo?  Isn’t the presidential election of 2008 really important?  I mean, come on people.  Get over your insecurities, your sensitivities.  This is such an important topic; this will dictate the way America is run for the next 4 years…

That’s it for now.  I tend to get myself into trouble when I talk about politics and racial issues. Let’s just say it’s because I’m SO passionate about it… GO OBAMA!

PS. Happy birthday Mr. McCain, you’re 72.

August 20, 2008

Hi Friends,

After 4 weeks of not running, I am finally getting back onto the road—hitting grass instead of pavement this time around… and I’m celebrating! 3 whole miles last night! You’re thinking, 3 miles? That must be a typo— T-minus 52 days (and counting) and she’s supposed to be running 26.2 miles!

4 weeks ago while I was running a typical, no big deal, 3 miles, my right knee gave out. So, with my head down, I walked the rest of the way home. That weekend, I went out to the lake shore determined to run my 9 miles, was a mile in and had to drop out of my group and walk (in the rain!) back. That was the most depressing mile of my life.

So during the beginning of my hiatus, I was devastated, depressed, angry, and frustrated. After I had enough of sulking around, I decided to do something about it. Through great friends, a wonderful doctor (thanks Uncle Bill!), an awesome brother, and an amazing husband, I found other ways to get my cardio workout in. During these 4 weeks, I arm pedaled via an invention by Sean, found a great community fitness center (only 15/mo!), spent time doing workouts with great friends, learned how to swim (thanks Frankie!) and realized that I had been relying only on myself to complete this marathon.

Is there still pain? Yes, but it is much more tolerable.

Do I think I can run the entire marathon? I’m not sure. But I am determined to finish; even if that means walking the entire 26.2 miles. I don’t claim to be the best or the fastest. But I am passionate and determined.

With only 52 days to go, I am PRAYING that my knee will be able to withstand just a bit more pounding. HOPING that I’ll be able to remain positive. And I’m THANKING the Lord for each mile that I can run.

This is why I run:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56G0AKdQHDw

July 15, 2008

Hey Friends!

Thank you SO much for your overwhelming support!! I am up to 13 miles now… my long runs are just going to get harder. But, I am so excited for this challenge! I ran 12 miles with my brother on Sunday and it just felt great! So I am getting there…

I was recently approached by Team World Vision to share “my story” to be featured on Week 5 of our training log. So, I wanted to send the link to you all so you can check it out! Just click here: MY STORY

I will continue to keep you updated on my long, long journey…

Hope to hear from you soon,

Alice (Hwang) Wightman

May 27, 2008

Hi Friends,

Guess what! I’m running the Chicago Marathon in October this year! It is
with honor and great pleasure that I am fundraising for Team World
Vision this year.

Your donation, in support of my efforts, can make all the difference in
the lives of African children and families. A little money can go a long
way to help! Here are some examples: – $25 can provide an orphan care
kit (nutritious food, basic medicines, etc) – $30 can provide basic
health care provisions for one child – $50 can provide adult assistance
and counseling for a vulnerable child – $100 can help build a home for
an HIV/AIDS affected family.

Please think about sponsoring me in my run for LIFE–any donation you
can make is most appreciated! It’s so easy to make a donation, just
click on the link below. It only takes a few moments to make a
contribution that could enhance the life of a child.

I am confident that with your help I can make it to the finish line.
Thank you for supporting me in this tremendous undertaking. When I hit
the road in October to complete my first marathon, I’ll know that you
helped me and many others along the way.

Running for LIFE,
Alice W. (Hwang) Wightman

You can make a donation by clicking one of the links next to the picture
on our page, a link to which is below:
http://www.firstgiving.com/alicewightman

It take a matter of minutes, is totally secure and you can leave a
message with your donation too!