Back in the summer I wrote about getting motivated to train for a second half marathon - and it really wasn't happening. Well sort of - but I needed some umph! Thanks to some wonderful spark folks who sparked through and left encouraging messages in response to my posts I managed to start feeing better.
But sometimes it is 'coincidence' that moves us forward. On a hot summer day I walked into Covenant House -PA, arriving an hour early for a meeting. The conversation turned to fitness, and the subject of the half marathon came up. Someone said "Hey I hear you are training for that!" and I said yes, but was trying to get up some training steam in the horrible heat. The Director walked past and asked, "Hhow about doing that half marathon to help homeless kids get off the street - in other words how about helping us?" In that instant I knew what to do and I haven't looked back.
Fast forward 97 days, 15 less pounds and a lot of miles on the road. I'm not running, I'm race walking but I've cut my times down by over 20 minutes, and I'm looking forward to doing more for the next half - but I'm getting ahead of myself. Despite being cold and tired, I pushed through a 12 miler in 160 minutes!!
That decision to say yes has changed my fitness perspective forever. It's no longer about me - it's about WHO can I help along the way. So this Sunday is for Covenant House and I'm already eyeing a February half for another charity. I LOVE - absolutely LOVE-- the idea of using these events to improve my health, while at the same time helping someone else - be it to get off the street, get an additional cancer treatment, find a cure for a horrible disease, or begin to rebuild after that monster storm Sandy.
After all, if we make it just about us, the road to improved health and fitness can sometimes be a difficult and tedious journey. But if we make our fitness about others, it becomes a wonderful - if sometimes amazing and scary adventure. I'm looking forward to Sunday, to knowing that every step I take on the street gets another kid off it. When I cross that finish line I will have brought $1000 dollars with me, and raised awareness of the plight of these kids.
While my finishing time is important to me, even more is the knowledge that some frightened kid somewhere, has a warm bed, a hot meal, and someone to talk to - all because a fat - yes FAT - middle aged woman wanted to get fit, lose weight and decided to bring someone else along for the ride. She decided to make it about more than just herself!
YEEHAW- BRING IT!
You can see my fundraising page if you like: