Like many people I know, I have a bucket list. It’s long. I’m sure I will never be able to accomplish 100% of the things that are on it. Yet, I’ve made a renewed vow to give it my best effort. Everything that has happened in the last few months has made us realize that we need to start truly living, and part of this (for me) means accomplishing some of the goals that I’ve been putting on the back burner for quite a while. Traveling. Seeing artists in concert. Taking classes.
Only I’ve chosen to tackle one of my hardest goals first:
Running a half marathon.
Yes, I know. I’m insane. At least I felt insane as I hit “send” on my registration form. Only I knew that if I didn’t register and put it out there, I would NEVER do it. So, I bit the bullet and joined a charity team to run in the half marathon I’ve always dreamed of participating in:
I will be running on Sunday, February 22, 2015 on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network supports hospitals around the country in providing kids with care for serious illness and injury, as well as neonatal care – a cause that is near and dear to my heart. (As part of my commitment, I am required to raise $1,000 in order to receive my race bib. If you feel inclined, please consider donating to help me meet my participation requirement.)
I’m incredibly nervous and excited about this adventure, and I am sure I will be writing about it along the way. (My advanced apologies to those of you who don’t want to read about sore feet and running in 100% humidity. I’ll try to make any updates as entertaining as possible.) None of this is going to be easy. I’m not a natural-born runner or athlete. I never participated in sports growing up, aside from gymnastics, and it’s been years since I’ve run in an organized race. I’m going to have to work hard and consistently to pull this off. But I also know that — as I’ve done with everything in my life — if I put my mind to it, I can do it.
And it will be worth it when I cross that finish line.