It’s official. I signed up to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on Dec. 5th. But I’m not doing this just for me: I’ll be running with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Team Challenge to help raise awareness of these two diseases and help them fund raise. Since I know a number of people affected by these diseases, it’s a good motivator to get (and keep) this former non-runner pounding the pavement 4+ days a week.
This is week one of training. There are fifteen more weeks after this to train for running (or mostly running) 13.1 miles. Yep. You read that correctly. 13.1 miles. The farthest I’ve ever run is a 5K — and in a Santa suit. I’m not so much scared of the distance as I am the fact that I’ve challenged myself to run the entire thing. Oh, I’ve walked distances like this before (March of Dimes Walk-A-Thons, hikes, days in theme parks, etc.), just never run them! As an added bonus, maybe my body will give in and let me crack the weight that I’ve been stuck at for the past 3 weeks even with exercising.
And here’s where you come in, my dear readers:
My goal is to raise $2000 for CCFA, and I’d like to have the majority of that by October 1st. Yes, we have a minimum to raise, but the trade-offs of the clinics, pros, coaches, mentors, race fees, comradeship, and knowing that this will help people that I’m close to make it seem like it’s a small drop in the bucket. Every little bit helps in reaching my goal, so please give whatever fits your budget: $100+ or only $1.
Saturday training started. At 6:30 a.m. I am definitely not a morning person, but I still hauled my tush from my bed and made it out there. If you’re wondering how I’m staying motivated, I’m using DailyMile to track my progress (and you can stalk me on there, too, to make sure I’m staying true!) and have a fabulous team to keep me going. Sure, there will be days that I’ll want to bitch and moan about having to go out, but someone just remind me of why I’m running.
Future things to look forward to from my quest to run a half marathon: A short video and maybe a sweet donation challenge…