Just 12 days till the Richmond Marathon, which happens to fall on my mother’s birthday, November 15. She would have turned 55, a milestone birthday she’ll never reach.
One of the coaches for the SportsBackers Marathon Training Team is fond of reminding us to, “Remember your why.” In the words of Blair Just:
“Now it’s time to know your ‘why.’ Every one of you has a reason (and maybe more than one) for doing this. Whatever it is that drove you into this program and has been pushing you out of bed way ahead of most of the world, now’s the time to consciously embrace it. By that, we mean know what your reason is. You don’t have to be able to express it concisely or even precisely but you must be able to feel it and remind yourself of it at the drop of a hat. Like everything else we do, this is a talent you can improve with practice. And the better you get, the more unstoppable you will become.
This is my why.
I put cancer on the run with Team Massey. Because I want to make a difference. Because I hope to inspire others and save lives. Because it’s still easier than chemo.
But I need your help!
Last year I ran the Richmond Marathon in 5 hours and 26 minutes. My goal is to run 26.2 miles for Mom and for Massey in under 5 hours — a new personal record. To honor all whose lives have been affected by cancer and support the life-saving research being done at Massey, please consider making a pledge for every minute I lop off last year’s time.
Here’s how it works: Say I finish the marathon in 5 hours and 6 minutes; that’s 20 minutes faster than last year’s finish time. If you pledged $1 for every minute, your total pledge amount would be $20.
For those of you thinking I might finish the marathon freakishly fast — fear not! It’ll be quite the feat to come in under just 5 hours.
Please fill out the form below. Select an amount to pledge per minute from one of the suggested amounts, or put in your own amount. I will contact you after the marathon to let you know my final finish time and your exact pledge amount — not to mention my heartfelt thanks!
Together, we’re unstoppable — and cancer doesn’t stand a chance.