"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us." Friends, I need your help. Most of you know, I'm planning to run the Silverton 1000 in order to raise money to help my brother, who is currently undergoing chemo for colon cancer. The race is seven weeks from tomorrow, and I'm struggling to find strength and courage this week. I'm asking you to please help motivate me.
The course is a one mile loop with 250ft of elevation gain per loop. My minimum goal is 53 loops, but I'd really love to get 60. The farthest I have run to date is 50 miles. Would you consider donating 25¢ per loop that I am able to run? $1 per loop? $2 per loop? If you are willing to help, please send me a PM or comment below.
Thank you to all who have offered support and donated so far!
You can find more about my fundraiser or donate now at the link in my profile.
In 2 WEEKS, my brother's health insurance year begins anew. We all know what this means: hitting that deductible. Chemo must go on with his 2nd of 24 tomorrow. Jason has been putting in extra hours at work on weekends but is limited on how much he can do because the side effects he is experiencing. Please help financially if you're able to and are inclined. Every little bit adds up and small donations mean so much. My family is truly touched by the support we have received so far and hope to keep the momentum going as Jason undergoes treatment. Visit the link in my profile to help. Thank you! ❤️ #Running4Jason
Good news! Last night, Jason made it out for his first run since he began chemo last week. He made it 2 miles and said he felt fine.
Special thanks to @romegirl28 for giving him a free race entry to help keep motivated during chemotherapy. Also, a huge thank you to recent donors @_tmark and @emharv8. I'm more than half way to my goal and about two months away from the #Silverton1000. My family greatly appreciates all of the support. Please consider donating today if you haven't already - link in profile.
Since it's #GlobalRunningDay, I'd like to share my story of why I run with those who may not know.
In 2012, I first started running to cope with PTSD as a result of a sexual assault. I didn't have any fancy hydration systems, running shoes, GPS devices. Just a basic pair of sneakers and workout clothes. Most days, I would walk to Cheesman Park from my apartment in Capitol Hill, and then do loops around the park. I'd run for as long as I could - at time time no more than a minute. Then, I'd walk until I felt I could run again. I'd continue this for a lap or two then walk home.
In the next two years, I managed to lose 50lbs, ended a toxic relationship, landed a good career opportunity, all while working my way up to half marathon distance. Throughout this time, I also gained the courage to put myself out there socially and become more involved with the community aspect of running.
In the past few years, I've been fortunate to develop many very meaningful friendships through running. I'm particularly grateful to the women I call my #trailsisters and #skirtsisters. They have been an amazing support system and role models, as I've quietly been grieving the "loss" of my own big sister due to drug and alcohol addiction (I say "loss" because as far as we know she is alive, but she is homeless, missing, and we've had to let go due to many years of abuse). Today, I run for Jason. My older brother, who just discovered his passion for running, but was diagnosed with Stage IIA colon cancer during his most recent marathon training block. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and struggling to find the energy to run. In honor of him, I'm tackling my biggest running goal yet - running for 48HRs at the Silverton 1000 in August (to find out more visit the link in my profile)
Running has been many things to me at different times in my life, but it has always been a positive outlet and led me down a road of healing, positive self-image, good health and friendship. I'd encourage anyone who may want to try running. It just may change your life, and at the very least I know it will help carry you through the hardest times in your life.