December 01, 2008

Seeing it Through

I trained in NJ this weekend. Lovely ladies. However, I think they’re smokin’ something and didn’t share because they said we did 8 miles and with the pace we were keeping and the time it took… I KNOW FOR A FACT we didn’t do over 6.

Probably 5.7.

Theirs is a small group, having lost most of their original members to fundraising issues. To run the marathon for Leukemia Lymphoma, there is a fundraising minimum we are all given. Everything is layed out in black and white in advance... all milestones that must be met, and what we must have to run the race and when.

Crystal clear from the very very beginning.

They provide all the training (coaches are volunteers), fundraising support, race entry fees, and if out of state, transportation. We get hotel covered too.

The Society KNOWS how much we have to raise to keep us at a 25% or less overhead.

Seventy-five percent of what we raise, goes directly to help find the cure for blood born cancers.

I’ve met a lot of runners since I’ve started this. I met them mainly through running stores I’ve been in.

I have read it in articles and had it said to me, that running for someone else, is the ultimate.

I’m not running for me… I signed up for this to run for my girlfriend, Joanie, and because I truly believe there will be a cure. (My post on running for Joanie is HERE. She is an amazing woman...)

In all honesty, I think the runners are wrong. Although it may be the ultimate in their eyes to run for someone else, instead of one’s self, I will say it is easier to run for someone else.

I’ve hit some real lows these last few months. There have been times I’ve cried, screamed, and wanted to give up. I have been full of self loathing and self doubt.

There have been times I’ve been hurting, it’s been cold, I’ve been tired or felt like crap, and not wanted to get out of bed to do my training.

… but I always think of Joanie, who, in her all her chemo treatments to get her into remission, three times, never once said, ‘I feel like crap this morning, I’m going to skip chemo’ or ‘its too daggum hot outside to leave the house, I’ll pass on chemo today’.

She never had that option and I will be completely honest, there have been times that just knowing SHE never had that option, has been the only thing that has had me lacing up my running shoes and hobbling out, with blisters, black toenails, and arches that hurt so bad I wonder if I'm doing permanent damage.

Writersblock over at Perieraville has been training as well. Her progress has been absolutely remarkable.

The only thing keeping her now from running is… she’s not met her fundraising goal. She’s put in the time, the miles, the sweat and the tears, and unless she meets the goal, she’s not running. All the money she’s raised will go directly to LLS, she just can’t run. (She'd gladly donate it all herself, but she lost her job last month.)

So if you’ve got an extra $5, feel free to go on over HERE, help a most excellent cause, and help make sure that she’ll be with me on race day. We’ll be goading each other to move along and push through the sucky times.

And I feel certain there will be many sucky times… but none of them will ever be even remotely close to what Joanie has endured… and THAT, my friends, will be what sees me through.

Posted by Boudicca at December 1, 2008 10:29 PM | TrackBack

Here's crossing my fingers that Writersblock makes the goal. Funds are tight these days for sure. She is within $300 of the goal - I am sure many of your other lurkers are pulling for you to have a running buddy, so a donation is in order.
Good luck!

Posted by: jck at December 2, 2008 06:58 AM

JCK- THANK YOU... from the bottom of my heart. She's a GREAT girl and has been training so daggum hard. This weekend she'll train in Nashville, in the cold and sleety snowy... so she's in this until the end if she can. That training in the cold sleety snowy is a big deal for we girls from Florida!

Posted by: Bou at December 2, 2008 07:10 AM

thanks Bou!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 2, 2008 07:12 AM


Posted by: oddybobo at December 2, 2008 09:07 AM

thank you!
Your very generous readers have made it possible to meet and Exceed my fund raising goal! Youse guys rawk!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 2, 2008 05:20 PM