When people ask me why I run, my first thought is that if I didn't run, I'd almost definitely be 500 pounds. As you know from our previous posts, I like to ea t... A LOT.
My second thought is this:
The days that I don't run (gotta cross train, y'all!), I feel like I'm missing something.
I swear I wasn't always this crazy. It all started two years ago during a Galentine's Day dinner when a few of us pinky promised over margaritas (never a good idea) to run the Brooklyn Half together. Even though I'd run races before, I'd never run much more than a 5K, and I was terrified.
Thankfully, my friend Cat planned out training runs around brunch places because, let's be honest, nothing motivates me to run like a mountain of pancakes covered in syrup.
Training runs were fun (see above) and the race was amazing. I won't lie, miles 11-12 felt endless (screw you Ocean Parkway!), but crossing the finish line felt like this:
And I never wanted that feeling to stop. I starting signing up for more halves including one (over my birthday!) in New Orleans. Yes, that means I'll be running a race the day after Halloween ... in NOLA. Drunk racing anyone?
This will be the first big race that I'm traveling for and the first one that I'm running for charity. Even though the race is cheap by half marathon standards and fundraising isn't a necessity, I'd really like to support the charity associated with the race: Children's Hospital in New Orleans. Just read the race's slogan: "Racing to Beat Childhood Cancer!" I can't say no to beating childhood cancer! I'm hoping that you can't either (or you know, that makes you a bad person, right?).
Here's a bit of info on the hospital that you will (hopefully) be donating toward...
Children's Hospital in New Orleans treats over 1,100 kids with cancer every year. Cancer treatments are among the costliest, and the hospital has a strict policy to never turn away a child in need, no matter the family's ability to pay.
The goal is $250, but I know I can smash that with your help!