Today is my 44th birthday.
And while that feels really old to write, I hear 44 is the new 24.
[I would believe it except when I stand up after sitting on the floor for a long time–I feel 94.]
Someone told me the other day that my longer hair makes me look younger. So, obviously I will never cut it again.
Last year for my birthday, I started something new: running. I quickly stopped it after my one and only Mercy House race. But I’m motivated again by mercy to pull out my cute running clothes, lace up my shoes that are supposed to be good for bad backs and try again.
And I want you –yes, YOU, to join me! Wait, don’t click away–I need you. Because just between us? I don’t really like to run. And you’re my accountability and motivation. I know that if you’re with me, I can’t stop. You’re my people.
If you’re local (Houston area), we can actually run together. If you’re not local, you can still join the Miles for Mercy Team and we can run “together” in spirit.
So, to celebrate all my candles (gasp!) years, here are 24 reasons I need you to run with me (Let’s be honest: I couldn’t think of 44):
- It will be fun.
- Okay, #1 is a lie. But when we are done, we will always refer to it as that fun thing we did together.
- It will feel good.
- Okay, sorry, #3 is a lie, too. It will only feel good when we’re able to say to our friends, Yeah, I am a runner.
- It’s for a great cause.
- #6 is completely true. Last year, we had more than 60 runners join our and raised more than $35,000 for Mercy House, running races all over the USA.
- It’s a healthy choice.
- Cute running clothes.
- That will fit better.
- If you’re a regular runner (bless you), adding good cause to your run will make your miles matter even more.
- Your legs will eventually stop itching.
- I need the motivation
- Maybe you do, too?
- You get a cute fair trade Mercy House Global bag, a cute Team Mercy running shirt (new design) and a couple of other goodies.
- You can be a part of something bigger than you.
- Running is a great time to pray
- It’s hard to worry and eat while running 🙂
- We ask that runners who join our team raise a minimum of $250 each. We give you ideas!
- It’s a great way to start the new year.
- It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends weekly.
- There are teen moms in Kenya counting on us.
- I need you.
- Please don’t make me run alone.
- It’s my birthday.
In honor of turning 44 years old today, I’m looking for 44 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.
The Woodlands Runners :
- Register for the marathon, half marathon, 5K or 2K: http://www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com/
- Next, fill out this short form http://goo.gl/forms/DFEHlpx2zL so we have your information as a Miles for Mercy team member.
- Create your fundraising page for Miles for Mercy by going to this link and clicking on the blue “Join Event Team” button on the upper left side of the page. https://my.reason2race.com/cause/mercyhouse/TheWoodlandsMarathon2017
All Other Runners: (Please fill out this form):
- Don’t live close enough to run The Woodlands Marathon? That’s okay, too. You can start a fundraiser here. It’s easy!
When you go to this link there is an orange button on the right side down a little ways that says ‘Fundraise for this cause’. .
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 🙂 I’d love your prayers! Because you know, running.