About three years ago, I was spending time with some friends talking about getting in shape, babies, and life in general. I had just had my second child, Lucy. I blame one too many drinks on my commitment to complete a triathlon with friend, Katie, in the summer of 2011. It was a good way to get back into shape after having Lucy. I loved biking and hadn’t swam in a while (but wasn’t worried about that), but the one thing I didn’t do was run. So, in order to do the triathlon I had to figure out how to start running. I signed up for a Couch to 5K program at the local YMCA. And, once I completed that I was hooked. I ran my first 5K June of 2011, completed my first triathlon in August 2011 and have been running (and swimming and biking) ever since.
Since I started to run (and do triathlons), I’ve completed a number of 5Ks, two 10Ks, a 5 miler, four triathlons, and finished my first half marathon this past year. I don’t run fast, and before November 2013 I thought I wouldn’t really want to run far, but I keep on running. And, now I’m sort of hooked. I have almost no problem calling myself a runner.
This year I decided that I should run for a cause. I want to dedicate my mileage for 2014 towards an organization that supports girls, running and education. I also wanted to find friends, family, and other individuals to support my year-long running goals through pledging a small about of money for every mile I run this coming year.
I learned of Girls Gotta Run this past year and was drawn to the organization due to its commitment to girls and running. I was especially drawn to the focus on young women in Ethiopia. Before I was born my Mom lived in Ethiopia. She spent 7 years there as a nurse and missionary. She would tell us stories and talk fondly about her experiences and love for Ethiopia. I felt that Girls Gotta Run was a way to give back to a country that means so much to my mother and support young women, running, education, and activity.
So, I’ve decided to dedicate my running in 2014 to Girls Gotta Run. I’ll be blogging about my running, races, triathlon training, running goals, and whatever else I comes along. I’ll also be posting photos of my running adventures along the way. You can help by doing the following:
-Pledge towards my mileage. Just a few pennies a mile. in 2013 I ran just over 550 miles. (I wanted to make it to 600, but a calf injury sidelined me for almost 2 months.) My goal is to make it to at least 600 miles in 2014. That means, if you pledge .05 a mile and I make it to 600 miles you’d be pledging $30 for the year–just about $2.50 a month. Even if I make it a bit further you won’t be out much. Trust me; there’s no way I’ll to 1000 miles, so you don’t need to worry about me breaking your bank.
-Read my blog. See how I’m doing, give me some feedback, suggest photos, runs, etc. Just help support my year.
-Share my blog. The more readers there are the more support for Girls Gotta Run. And, hopefully the more people will pledge.
–Follow my photos on Instagram. Recently, I started to take photos on my runs. I run with my phone, look for something that inspires me (recently, it’s been train tracks) and snap shots. It’s become my new running adventure.
-Get out and run. Really. Commit yourself to a race this year. Run, walk, roll, whatever you can do. And, pledge to run your race for a cause. It doesn’t have to be my cause. It can be any cause. Just find one, run, and pay it forward.
My goals for this year:
-Run 600 miles
-Run 2 half-marathons
-Run a few 5K and 5K races
-Complete 3 triathlons
-Raise $600 for Girls Gotta Run ($600 supports one athlete for a year)
How donating works: Tell me what you pledge. Shoot me an email. Post to my blog Pledge Page. Just tell me what you want to commit. Then, watch me run. When 2014 comes to a close, I’ll post my final mileage totals and you can donate your pledge to Girls Gotta Run through my First Giving Page. If you don’t want to wait and see my mileage, but instead want to make a straight donation to support my running year and the girls supported by Girls Gotta Run, you can do that at any time.