Well, it was bound to happen. It’s my birthday this week and I’m turning 43.
And the only thing I really want this year is to be able to sing like Adele.
But since that’s probably not going to happen without a vocal cord transplant, I’ve decided to take up a new hobby.
The other day, I was talking to my friend who is heading up our new Miles For Mercy Program for Mercy House and she said, “You know what would make the kickoff of this new running fundraising program amazing? If you joined and ran a race with us.”
And I thought she was my friend.
Just typing that makes my legs itch. I ran a 5k once in the 5th grade and at the last minute opted for fashion instead of form and wore my new white Keds because they matched my shorts better than my running shoes. It took me approximately 492 years to get over those shin splints. I tried running again 9 years ago after I had my last baby. I thought running would help me lose the baby weight, but I discovered I have this condition called: It’s called being unfit.
It’s a real thing. (Don’t believe me? Read about the itchy leg syndrome I suffer from. And laugh with me, not at me.)
So, yeah, I am not a runner. I don’t even walk that well.
But as I’ve gotten older and busier with life and work, I’ve neglected exercising. If I’m really honest, I don’t have a ton of energy, I pant when I run up stairs and most mornings I’m tired and I want to change that. And until drinking sweet tea is considered sporty, I figure I’m going to have to make a run for it.
I looked at my friend and considered her words. I love being on a team. I love a challenge. I love the people who are running for Miles for Mercy. I love cute exercise clothes.
“Okay, I’ll do it. And by do it, I mean the 5k at our local marathon.”
But I don’t want to do it alone. Maybe you’re like me and you need the encouragement, support and a push (like literally, someone push me, please). Or maybe you’re an avid runner who needs a cause to add a challenge and purpose to your healthy, in-shape, disciplined life (I hate you.)
My family got me new running shoes for my birthday and I plan to actually run in them. Will you run with me?
In honor of turning 43 years old, I’m looking for 43 people who will join me and run for Mercy House. If you’re local, you can run with our Miles for Mercy Team at The Woodlands Marathon in March 2016. If you’re not, you can run a race in your town.
How Does Miles for Mercy work?
Join our team and run a race –you’ll be invited to join a private FB group and hear me whine about how much my legs itch. Plus, we will provide you with an awesome dry-fit Miles for Mercy running shirt in a Fair Trade Friday bag with a few fair trade goodies!
We ask that runners commit to raise a minimum of $250 to support Mercy House.
Local runners (Please fill out this form):
- Then go to our Crowdrise Page and click on the button that says “Fundraise for this Campaign.” Select Miles for Mercy in the drop down. It will then create your own basic Crowdrise fundraising page under the Miles for Mercy page. This means you are committing to run/fundraise for Mercy House in The Woodlands Marathon (the full, the half, marathon relay, 5K) and asking people to support you in your cause! Your next step is to register for The Woodlands Marathon. If you decide to be part of Miles for Mercy type in CHARITY (all caps) and you will receive 10% off your race registration fee.
Non local runners (Please fill out this form):
- Don’t live close enough to run The Woodlands Marathon? That’s okay, too! You will need to start your own Crowdrise page also and share that you’re running to support Mercy House. You can link a race in your city to your Crowdrise page and start fundraising for Miles for Mercy in your area! We would love to have Miles for Mercy fundraisers happening at different races across the U.S. and even the world. Let us know if we can help you get started with this by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, know triathlons and other races are a great idea too!
Not a runner? That’s okay! I don’t blame you 🙂
But I’d love for you to consider supporting me with a couple of dollars in my (attempt to) run. All proceeds will support the work of empowering the oppressed women Mercy House supports around the world.