I used to call myself a marathoner. Not that I was truly a marathoner – because someone who takes four hours to finish marathon isn’t exactly competing against other people.
But I used to run marathons. Before kids.
I’ve been running for 22 years. I run 5-6 days a week for 3-5 miles. This is my church, my quiet time, my keeping myself healthy time, my trying to keep off the muffin top time, and truly my only ‘me’ time.
I love to run. I love it so much that I wake-up at 4:30am every morning – whether it’s raining, snowing, 80 above or 30 below…and get up and run. I run for 30 minutes or an hour or whatever I have time for that day.
And on the days that I don’t run, I feel like a big blob all day..not just in body, but I did not get that extra time with just me and my mind. That pure time of quiet and peace of putting one foot in front of the other without any other distractions.
I don’t like running with other people because for me, running is quiet. I don’t enjoy the conversation or trying to keep pace as I run for me. Selfishly.
I don’t listen to music when I run. I want to hear the dogs barking, the birds waking up, to say hello and hear a response when someone passes me. I also want to hear cars approaching or even have a ear open for the boogie man if he jumps out at me some morning.
My favorite pair of running tights are nearly 19 years old. I bought them for my first marathon in 1994. They still fit the best and are the most comfortable. But thankfully I wear them when it’s dark outside as they are most definitely no longer in fashion. But I don’t care. I don’t have the latest gear or fastest times or even a way to carry my iPhone yet besides holding it in my hand each morning. But I do have good shoes and socks.
I ran my last marathon in 2000. The year before I became pregnant with Eloise. Motherhood consumes me. In a good way. I pour nearly everything into it, yet the one thing I’ve given up that I’ve regretted the most is running races, as I still won’t give up my time with my kids just to go run a few extra miles.
But my kids are getting older and sadly so am I.
So last week I officially sign-up for the Twin Cities Marathon. On October 6,2013 I’m running another marathon- 13 years after my last marathon. It’s been officially way too long.
What finally kicked me in the butt to do this? Well, besides getting something back that is purely about me and letting my kids know how important it is to stay active and live a healthy life? I am actually going to give back for every mile that I run.
I want you to go to the App store right now and get Charity Miles. I’ll wait while you go do that. You don’t have to run marathons or even run to use Charity Miles…so go download this FREE app right now.
Charity Miles is the simplest app in the world – and does so much good. Just pick your cause, and then bike, walk or run and you earn money for that charity as a sponsored athlete. You earn 25 cents for every mile you run or walk and 10 cents for every mile you bike.
With the 450 miles I have planned for my marathon training…plus the 26.2 miles during the race…that is $119 that will go to my chosen charity – Shot@Life. That $119 will give six children in developing countries the vaccinations they need to give them a shot at a healthy life. Or that $119 will give 119 children each a vaccination against measles. And all I had to do was put one foot in front of the other.
And you don’t have to run marathons. Take your kids on a walk each night or each week. Take a bike ride with your family on the weekend. Spend quality time together exercising and at the same time save a child’s life.
Get your kids involved and organize a walk for kids this Spring! If 100 kids at school sign up to just walk 2 miles each as a fun after school activity – they’ve just given more children a shot at taking their first steps.
This is an easy one that we all can do. Join me and download Charity Miles today..and then go take a walk.
And if you are really feeling energetic today – join me for a marathon this year. I think we could all really rock our green t-shirts together.