Some of you know I'm training to run this marathon in October. The countdown has been posted on the side of this blog for a couple of months but I just never mentioned it. Don't get too excited, I'm not doing the full marathon, I'm doing half.
(F*** all of you who just said, "Oh, just a half marathon... whatever.")
A half marathon is 13.1 miles. And quite frankly, before 3 months ago, I refused to run 1 mile. Because it sucked. And I hated it. Literally. But now... now I am woman. I just ran 8 miles last Saturday. So there. I left the training session with blisters on my feet and a sore hip, but I did it gosh darn it.
Why am I so crazy, you ask? Well, this started out as one of those ex empowerment things. And it still sorta is. But since I started training in May, this has become serious for me. I have only missed 1 Saturday practice since May (which, might I add start at 7:00am...6:30am recently). And the one practice I missed was because I was in Texas (yee haw!) and I tried to do my miles there but it was like running with a plastic bag over my head. My training has become so ridiculously therapeutic for me. I'm conquering my hatred of running and kicking the shit out of those miles. I've lost poundage (heyo!) and my legs are stunningly toned. Ok, maybe not stunningly, but still. I've realized that once I get past mile 2, running is like an out of body experience. It's like, my body is moving, but I'm not really there.
Anyway, in order for me to do this, I knew I had to be held accountable. I knew it had to be with an organization that had scheduled practices that I would feel obligated to go to. So I signed up with Team in Training to tackle this bitch. But what's double cool about it, Team in Training represents the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. So not only am I running to tackle my own demons, I'm raising money for a fantastic cause. I mean, seriously, how many of you know someone who's been afflicted with cancer? Yeah, that's what I thought.
And what's triple cool about it (ok, maybe this isn't so cool), I found out right before I started my training that a former student of mine is being treated for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. She's going to be a freshman in high school in September. She has been told it is not fatal, but the treatments are brutal. She's already lost all of her hair from chemo and is constantly in the hospital. Her attitude is amazingly upbeat and I admire her strength in all of this. So I feel like this fundraising is all serving its purpose for me.
Now this is where I always feel awkward. There's a link on the right that says "Donate Now." I'm not going to beg (I know I said I was going to beg earlier, but I won't) and I won't even put any pressure on you. But.... if you'd like to donate to my marathon cause, just move your mouse over on top of that link (right below the countdown widget) and click. The website will tell you what to do from there. And you can check out how hot I look when I run (and when my hair was 7 inches longer).
There you have it. Take this information in.... or don't. I won't judge you either way. Or maybe I will... who knows.