Colorado, Salt Lake City & Montana

Not sure where the time went, I cannot believe I’m already wrapping up this west coast tour with only 2 shows left; tonight in Austin and tomorrow in Little Rock. It’s been an amazing trip full of blessings and unforgettable moments. 

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Colorado was extra special because my brother, his beautiful fiance, Amanda, and my two precious nephews live there. I know many of you have been praying for healing over Jeff’s hand injury and your prayers have been working. Thank you. He is going through extensive physical therapy, but we are happy to report that he’s been playing a little bass and it’s only a matter of time before he’s fully recovered.

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We kicked off our time together with a StageIt show in which everyone got involved. My nephews were on percussion, Jeff on bass, with a few original song performances on piano as well, Mom and Amanda made an appearance and even their puppy Cosmo managed to get on screen. It was a fun family affair and we’re so grateful to those who tuned in. This picture truly speaks 1,000 words…

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 We had some wonderful family time throughout the week attending the local blues jam, lazer tag, go karts & even a painting parties. Beautiful memories were made.

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Performing full band in Fort Collins was AMAZING! It was incredible to see so many friends out and about and my brother put together an awesome band for me. He was able to play a few tunes with us, but unfortunately his recent injury didn’t allow him to play the whole night. HUGE thanks to Jeff Mere, David Becher and Clint Willcox for sharing their talents.

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Huge thanks to Maggie Daniels for capturing these great shots!

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The following night I had the opportunity to perform an acoustic show on the rooftop, and Jeff showcased some of the new material off his upcoming album. Keep an eye out for it this spring. My 11 year old nephew James rocked it on cajon as well, starting him young. Loved getting to know my future sister-in-law as well. Isn’t she gorgeous?

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It was sad to say goodbye, but Mom and I hopped in the car the next morning and headed for Salt Lake City. She was so sweet to take a few weeks out of her life to come on the road with me. It was such a special time of unforgettable conversations and experiences. I just love that woman.

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Salt Lake City was adorable. I played a cute little cafe called Sugarhouse Coffee, and mom and I had some sort of turkey, avocado, cranberry sandwich that was definitely worth writing home about. Had the chance to catch up with a few old friends as well. 

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The next day was a long day of driving, with an incredibly brief stop at Yellowstone National Park. Wow. Absolutely breathtaking. I look forward to a return visit in the near future where I can spend a few days soaking in God’s beautiful creation. 

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I thought I’d experienced mountains before, but on the way to Montana I got the real deal. Wow. It made for an adventurous drive, but there were several moments when I teared up at the beauty. Absolutely amazing.

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The show in Montana was really wonderful. There was an adorable young girl named Nikayla who was just starting piano lessons and she was so excited about the concert. She really made my night. xx There were also some friends from Minnesota and Colorado in the area. We had a fun night after a really long day in the car. When were asleep before our heads hit the pillow that night.

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was i dreaming?

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Today I had a beautiful day off in Los Angeles, catching up with my blessings and old friends. It’s a gorgeous, cool day here and my heart is feeling happy and peaceful.

This tour has been amazing. I’m so grateful for the beautiful memories I am making. Although so much has happened in the last two weeks, I’m going to share it bit by bit, starting with opening for The Band Perry.

Every show is special. Each one has a purpose and I feel incredible grateful every chance I get to perform. However, opening for The Band Perry at Meadowbrook Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire a few weeks ago definitely sits at the top of the list as far as favorites go.

I kicked off the tour in Kansas City, MO at The Riot Room on August 1st. What fun it was to see some friends I hadn’t seen in ages, as well as to perform in a new city. I shared the stage with L.A. Price and Damian Malnar. They are both very talented local artists you should check out.

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After saying my goodbyes, I hopped in the car around 9:30PM and drove straight through to the Denver airport. Thankfully caffeinated beverages and an enormous amount of candy kept me awake for this 8 hour journey, a caught a quick car nap and hopped a flight to Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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I am incredibly blessed by my amazingly supportive family. Mom the make-up artist and my husband photographer flew out for the show. It meant so much to have them there with me. How in the world did I get so lucky?

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Lucky me, my friends Anthony Santoro and Giakomo Renko joined me on stage that night. It was 40 minutes of pure bliss. From the second we arrived at Meadowbrook to the time we left felt like a dream. I really have no words. I was honored to have been given the opportunity, overwhelmed by the new friends and CD owners, and truly encouraged by The Band Perry, Eric Paslay, their teams and the amazing Meadowbrook staff. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let these do the talking.

Thank you Bostic Photography for capturing this unforgettable night.

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And a few fun ones…

Roasting marshmallows with mom backstage.

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Enjoying a little grilled cheese and tomato soup snack with Eric Paslay.

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The rhythm section…

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THE BAND PERRY!!!!!

My heart is full. More tour blogs coming soon!

Mandolins and the Midwest

To call my latest tour a success would be an understatement. Not from a financial aspect, but for my soul. In the name of being honest, acoustic tours can be exhausting. There’ve been times I’ve driven 12 hours straight to play to a barista in the middle of nowhere. However, this tour taught me so much about growth, perseverance and encouragement that I’m bursting at the seams to share. 

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The tour started in Kingston Springs, TN. Most of you have probably seen the photo below on Facebook, but my good friend Steve surprised me that evening by GIVING me a mandolin. Now, if that’s not a great way to start out a tour I don’t know what is. I can’t play a single chord yet, but I’m working on getting up to speed on at least one song by my next stage it show (July 15th in case you were wondering). He also had a gift from his 7 year old granddaughter that she purchased with her own money. You can’t tell from the photo but my favorite Judy Garland quote is engraved on this angel. So grateful. #spoiled

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The next morning I packed up my car and headed for Des Moines, IA. What should have been a 10.5 hour drive took about 13 due to some bad planning on my part. Note to the travelers: NEVER drive through St. Louis during rush hour if you can help it. xx

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I was hosted by my dear friend Caitlin’s momma Nancie, and after a long drive, it was amazing to be greeted by a friendly face and a comfy bed.

The next morning, I had the privilege of performing 3 songs on The Great Day morning show. Wow, what a fun and quirky group of anchors! If you missed it, here’s a video of my segment.

It was a fun filled day of too much coffee, sushi and on-the-road office work. The show that night at Java Joes Coffeehouse was intimate and wonderful. Thank you Iowa friends, truly a pleasure.

imageA 4 hour journey to Le Sueur, Minnesota, brought me to a wedding where of two great friends where I had the honor of singing during their sand ceremony. Wow, there’s something really special about serenading something like that…oh yea, and I ran into this guy at the wedding as well…

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Sunday morning, I was blessed to be a part of the Trinity Lutheran worship team in Waconia, Minnesota. I still remember singing in that church when I was in Kindergarten, and to go back and lead worship this many years later was amazing. 

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After a few fun hours with family, I got back in my trusty Ford Focus and headed to La Crosse, Wisconsin where I’d find my friends Jennifer and Kelly with a giant plate of chicken pad thai waiting for me. Man, it’s things like this that are like finding a 4 leaf clover out on the road. xx

After a lovely day off on Monday where I had a chance to hit the refresh button, get some work done and practice a few new songs, I had a show at my favorite spot in La Crosse, the one and only JavaVino. My friend Jennifer, is an unbelievable teacher at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse, WI, and she’s given me the opportunity to work with the kids on many occasions and even write music for their concerts, so it’s always really fun to have the kids come out and for Jennifer to sing a little background vocals with me. That girl’s family. xo

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So fun to hear the girls singing along to every song! http://instagram.com/p/pFt8IvCqoL/

The next morning I was up with the sun driving 3 hours to Marshfield, Wisconsin where I started my day on WDLB, playing a little guitar on the radio. There’s a first time for everything.

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My good friend Brian, who owns Vox Concert Series, which is the organization that brings me to Marshfield had arranged for me to sing at a clinic that afternoon, followed by the proper tour of Marshfield; eating at The Kitchen Table (wow), cheese tasting at Market on 6th (again wow). Let’s just say my afternoon run was a bit sluggish.

imageIt’s always a pleasure to play for Vox Concert Series. They have designed an amazing listening room that appreciates the song, the artist and the stories. I’m so grateful for Brian and all he does to support live music. I shared the bill with the hilarious and amazing Ryan McIntyre, and we ended the night with a mini jam session. #funtimes Of course after the show, we ate some regretted greasy cheeseburgers, but I guess that’s life on the road…

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3.5 hours back to Minneapolis where I visited my sister-in-law at her salon for a little trim. A little pampering on the road before an interview and performance on the Homegrown Show for BOBFM.

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I drove over to Big Lake, Minnesota, a little too early for my gig and admittedly tried to nap in the car. I might have managed a few minutes because once I was finished with sound check and had a little dinner with my in-laws I was ready to rock. xx

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The show was awesome. Overlooking the lake, dancing kids and a few hundred people supporting live, original music, it made my heart sing. I can’t get over these angel faces!!! #meltmyheart

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Last day of the tour, in my adored hometown of Waconia, Minnesota. I spent the whole day with two of my girlfriends, Amanda and Jackie. Jackie’s an actress in Minneapolis and she needed some new headshots, so I hopped behind the camera and did my best. We were pretty excited about the results so I’ll share those soon…maybe Bostic Photography has a new team member?

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I have no words for my show at Sovereign Estate Wine that night. As a singer/songwriter, I think I’ve dreamed about what the perfect hometown show would be. You guys did it better. Thank you. 400 people in attendance and every single person on their feet after “Jealous of the Angels.” A 40 minute autograph and picture line after the first set and another 40 minutes after the show. Tears from both parties, both happy and sad. Feelings so humbled, loved and grateful. Thank you. Let’s do it again September 19th. xo HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to my friend Alec Tackmann for sitting in on cajon at both Minnesota shows. You. Are. Amazing!

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A 14 hour drive back to Nashville full of happy tears, reflection and a grateful heart. Managed to hit the road by 5AM in order to get home in time to surprise my hubby at a wedding. xx 

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Thank you thank you thank from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came out to the shows on this tour. I was blessed by your love, encouragement and support. You mean the world to me and I so enjoyed playing new music for you. It amazes me that just when the going gets tough, just when you’re not sure what the next step is or which direction to turn, God goes and throws a miracle in your path. You are amazing, thanks for being my miracle last week. When I think back to my very first tour to now, I’m so grateful for growth. Thank you for being a part of that.

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THE LONDON MARATHON BLOG

Over a week has gone by since I arrived back in Nashville after the trip of a lifetime. It’s time to start blogging.

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I flew over to London a few days before the marathon in order to get acclimated and do a little writing and recording. A massive thank you to my friends Kath and Rick for hosting me during this time. They have a beautiful home in southwest London and they both know their way around the kitchen!

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I had the opportunity to write and do a little recording with Johnny Wright, Si Hulbert and Jon Maguire while I was in London. Two new songs, which I’m very excited about. Giddy about the new album. Xxx

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After picking Michael up from the airport Saturday morning, the marathon started becoming very real. I did my best to ignore the overwhelming nerves that tried to creep in that day, ate my fair share of carbs and up and did my best to hydrate.

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After a relatively restless night, Sunday morning rolled around and we were on the tube by 7AM headed for Greenwich Park. It was exciting to see so many people with their numbers and running shoes everywhere. Anxiety started to stir. Michael, Jay and I wandered through the park catching glimpses of some pretty crazy costumes; here are a few of my favorites:

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As we hit the starting line I kept thinking, “Pace yourself, you’ve trained for this, you’re ready.” The three of us started the race together, and I was amazed at all the people who were already out and about ready to cheer us on! Michael and I had our names printed on the front of our jerseys, and it was amazing to hear people personalizing their cheers.

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The adrenaline and excitement of it all had us feeling good, 5K passed, then soon the 10K mark, where we also got a glimpse of the Cutty Sark, and somewhere around mile 9 we spotted the first green and white Whizz-Kidz cheering section! We gave our necessary running high-fives and got an extra boost in our step. Huge thanks to everyone who was out there supporting!

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Coming up over the Tower Bridge was a pretty incredible feeling, knowing we were almost halfway done and seeing the gorgeous architecture. It was incredible. People lined the entire bridge and were cheering for all the runners going by, including our second Whizz-Kidz stop! Loved seeing those green and white balloons.

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Mile 15 it started to get tough, pain I had been trying to ignore really started to bother me and I ended up slowing down my pace a little. However, 15 miles in and we still hadn’t walked; one foot in front of the other.

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The miles started feeling longer, the electrolyte gels seemed to taste worse and worse, and I was having a tough time enjoying the scenery, as I had to focus in on my body and keep running. My sweet friend Sarah sent me a bunch of tips from past marathon runners and one of them was to count to 100 in your head. Well I did that, about 100 times and let me tell you it helped. xx

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When we finally reached mile 21 I was in uncharted territory. I had only run up to twenty miles in my training so starting at 21 was the furthest I had ever run…and I had 5.2 miles left to run. I kept counting to 100, I kept counting down the miles in my mind. I tried to distract myself by high-fiving a few kids who were cheering us on but if we’re being honest, I was in pain, I was tired, and I definitely didn’t feel like running anymore.  I had to stop and walk. The pain in my hip was excruciating.   I walked for 60 seconds, and stretched my hip for 30 seconds. However, it was then that I thought about all those amazing kids that would be getting wheelchairs, all of the wonderful supporters who donated to the cause, and every person that was cheering us on both along the route and at home tracking online. I couldn’t stop running; I would not give up.

Just about that time I looked up to see Big Ben in all it’s glory. Gorgeous. That was a really special moment.

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As I passed the 26 mile mark, I knew there was only 0.2 left to go. I lengthened my stride and picked up the pace toward that finish line. Honestly, longest 0.2 miles of my life. However, when we finally crossed the finish line and had that medal placed around our necks it made every single second worth it. 5 hours and 4 minutes of running.

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It was an incredible experience. I feel so blessed to have run with my husband, Michael and one of my best friends, Jay. I am so honored that you came along for the journey through fundraising, blogging and encouragement. Lives have been changed because of your generosity.

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This entire experience taught me so much about life. Pushing past the pain and challenges that cross our path, leads us to something spectacular. Something we might never have thought we could do. Something worth the fight, worth the hard work and worth the time it takes to get there. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all, and the Whizz-Kidz who will be independently cruising around in their new chairs!

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I can’t believe it’s almost time for the London Marathon!

It’s hard to believe that after 4 solid months of training, over 250 miles run, and over £6,000 raised for Whizz-Kidz that Sunday Michael, Jay and I will be running the London Marathon! 26.2 miles.

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I’m not sure what emotion best describes what I’m feeling right now; excited, anxious, nervous, strong, humbled, the list goes on.  When I think about how much money has been donated during our combined fundraising efforts I’m blown away. Over £6000, which is the equivalent to over $9,000! I’ve never done a fundraiser quite like this before, and had no idea what to expect. I am completely humbled by the way everyone stepped in and helped make a difference in the lives of these children.

Sunday is race day! If you’re planning to attend the marathon and cheer us on, Whizz-Kidz has designated a few cheer spots if you would like to join in the lime green fun!

Mile 9 – Surrey Quays (Mass participants expected to start coming in around 10:50AM). Closest tube: Canada Water (Jubilee line & London Overground).

Mile 12.5 – Tower Bridge (Mass participants are expected to start going by around 11:35AM. Closest tube is Tower Hill (District and Circle line or DLR).

Mile 19 – Canary Wharf (This is atough part of the course and runners need extra cheering right here. Mass participants are expected to start going by around 12:30PM. Closest tube is Canary Wharf (Jubilee line) Heron Quays (DLR).

Mile 22/13 – The Highway (This is also a tough part of the course, and it doubles back so you’ll get a chance to see us twice. The first time starting somewhere just after 11:45 and the second just after 1PM.  Closest tube is Shadwell DLR & London Overground.

Mile 23 – Monument Pub (This is the last Whizz-Kidz cheering point before the finish line. Mass participants will start coming after 1:05PM. Closest tube is Monument (District and Circle line or DLR from Tower Hill).

Our running numbers are as follows:

50599 Jenn

50639 Michael

50625 Jay

We’ll be posting loads of pictures after we successfully finish the race, and cannot wait to meet some of the amazing kids we’ve been raising money for! If you happen to be at the race or tweeting about it be sure to #TeamBostic and #TeamWhizzKidz in your posts. 

 Thanks for all your support!

 Jenn

Donations can be collected through the end of May. Visit www.justgiving.com/jennbostic or www.justgiving.com/teams/teambostic for more details.

London Marathon Training Update

I know it’s been about a month since I’ve last written a marathon training blog, but I have been running like crazy and Michael and I have both reached our fundraising goals!

We held 2 events here in Nashville, the first being a live music, silent auction, bake sale and the second being a fishing tournament. We are so grateful to all the sponsors that helped us make these events possible, and for all the amazing friends and family who came out to show their support.

There have been some special highlights during the training process over the last month. I have run the farthest I’ve ever run in my life, twice! The first being a 15 mile run with my friend Caleb, and the second being a 16 mile run on my own. I learned a few valuable lessons during the 16 miler. 1. Don’t overdress 2. Always bring enough water 3. Listen to your body. I had to walk a bit of the 16, but I didn’t get discouraged. This is not suppose to be easy, it is suppose to challenge me and push me past my limits.

It has also been really encouraging to see many of my friends get inspired to run longer distances, sometimes with me. During my latest trip to Florida, my good friend Sara Kauss ran 8 miles with me in the hot Florida sun! That’s the furthest she’s ever run! So proud of her.

My speed is gradually increasing, which has been fun to see, and I have absolutely been enjoying fueling up before my long runs.

Michael, Jay and I have booked our plane tickets to the UK, and we are really excited that in just 6 short weeks we’ll be over there running for Whizz-Kidz!

Although Michael and I have met our goals, Jay could still use your support. Whizz-Kidz can use all you want to give, so it is definitely not too late.

Photo by Sara Kauss

I am so grateful for your love and encouragement through this journey. xx

Love, Jenn

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London Marathon Training: Week 5

This week felt really great! It amazes me that when I started this training I was out of breath and exhausted after 2 miles, but now running 12 feels great. I started this journey full of anxiety which has now turned to excitement. I’ve had some time to reflect and quiet my brain during a few of the long runs and as I was running this week I thought about how this process has allowed me to grow in every area of my life. Sometimes I get so caught up in where I want to be that I become overwhelmed and my focus is lost, however this training has reminded me that everything has to start somewhere and with hard work and determination absolutely anything is possible.

I logged a total of 21 miles this week in the Florida sun.

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 6 miles

Saturday: 12 miles

This weekend I’ll hit the half marathon distance, which is the furthest I’ve run, at last year’s Music City 1/2 marathon. Looking forward to continue challenging myself for the amazing Whizz Kidz charity!

If you’d like to donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/jennbostic

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London Marathon Training: Week 4

Last week was a light week, running a total of 15 miles.

Tuesday: 3 mile treadmill run.

Wednesday: Chilly 5 mile run down 12 South in Nashville. (It must have been really cold because I was running faster than I usually do).

Saturday: 7 mile run in beautiful sunny Florida! :)

This week I noticed my speed picking up which is really encouraging, however it’s still mentally challenging to get motivated for those long runs. xx Here we go week 5!

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London Marathon Training: Week 3

This week was a good one! I felt positive about all the workouts and made sure to get them done. I logged a total of 21 miles.


Tuesday: 3 miles. The weather across the states has been frigid, so I decided to do this short run on the treadmill.

Wednesday: 5 miles. My good friend Caleb joined me for an afternoon run around Percy Priest Dam in Nashville. We did a little slipping and sliding trying to avoid the ice patches, but we completed it.

Thursday: 3 miles. My first full day of writing in 2014, so of course I got completely consumed and realized that afternoon around 4:30PM I still hadn’t done my training for the day and it was getting dark outside. I hopped on the treadmill just in time to catch an episode of Modern Family, which made the run breeze by.

Friday, a wonderful day of rest. :)

Saturday: 10 miles. Michael was kind enough to slow down his supersonic speed to run this one with me. It was tough, but God gave us the perfect weather for it. We hit the trail at Shelby Bottoms Park in Nashville and didn’t stop running until the GPS said we were done. There were definitely some sore knees in the moment, but we managed to walk it off and eat a very large pasta dinner at Olive Garden. :)

Ready for week 4!!!

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If you would like to donate to the Whizz Kidz charity for our marathon efforts please visit www.justgiving.com/jennbostic or www.justgiving.com/teams/teambostic. Your donations definitely encourage us to keep going and we are so excited to be able to bring 3 children wheelchairs at the end of this!!!

London Marahon Traning: Week 2 

First of all, I have to THANK YOU ALL so much for the generous donations yesterday! I cannot believe we are already 83% of the way to my goal, and 49% to our team goal!!! You’re the best. :)

This week was rough. I ran a total of 19 miles. 

Tuesday I ran 3 miles on my own and was struggling with a terrible tight spot in my neck, I was having trouble a few days leading up to it, got a massage and apparently I was sore from that. Every time my left foot hit the ground I was in pain. I couldn’t move my head from side to side. However, it wasn’t getting worse so I ran a slow 3 miles to stick to the training.

Wednesday (Happy New Year), Michael and I went out to a park nearby and ran 4 miles together. He really pushes me, so I managed to keep my speed up! We also spotted two deer along the trail. So beautiful! We ended our workout with an awesome game of ultimate frisbee with some friends.

Thursday it was cold and snowy in Nashville (a rarity), so Michael and I decided to run our three miles on the treadmill. Yikes. I’m not sure why, but it was really tough for me. I’m not a huge fan of treadmills, maybe it’s because I feel like one of those poor hamsters running on a wheel and not getting anywhere, but I struggled through a very slow three miles.

Friday was a restful birthday, and today I got up and headed straight to my favorite running spot to challenge myself to 9 miles. I wont lie, it was hard. When I was walking to my car before the run I thought, it’s cold, it’s windy, I really don’t want to do this today. BUT, then I thought about all of you wonderful people, your generosity in being a part of this journey, and the ultimate goal of completing that marathon and seeing the joy on that child’s face when he or she gets a wheelchair at the end of it. Needless to say, I ran the 9 miles and didn’t complain once after that. 

This isn’t going to be an easy journey, but I’m excited to be challenging myself through it. I feel so blessed that you’re reading this blog along the way, it’s holding me accountable. It’s helping me be honest. Thank you.

Resting tomorrow, bring on week 3!

PS If you haven’t had a chance to donate, here are the links:

www.justgiving.com/jennbostic

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