Hello again fishies … I know, I know, I know … sorry. But let me explain.
There are a lot of new developments in this shark’s cove, and as worried as I was when I started this blog about having to keep moving, well let me just tell you … not worried anymore. All I’ve been doing for the past few months is moving. Moving forward, to be exact, in many areas of my life. (Yes, it’s true, there’s a bull shark in the cove now, but that’s a subject for a different blog.) :)
The really exciting development is that I am officially training to run a half marathon. What started as the spark of an idea has flamed into a full-fledged training program thanks to one friend and one race. At the finish line party of my last 5k in August, I noticed a booth set up by the American Cancer Society. I approached them to ask about opportunities for local Relay for Life events. It turns out, however, that they were representing a different branch of ACS, namely the DetermiNation program. That program organizes local teams to participate in various marathons and half-marathons around the country. I spoke with the nice ladies for a few minutes, took a flier and went on my merry way.
A week or so later, I still had the flier. That’s unusual for me. I always get rid of that stuff, but for some reason I couldn’t throw this one away. So instead, I read it, and decided to attend an information session. I heard back from the program manager who confirmed my attendance the following weekend and then … I didn’t go. I just flaked.
A week later I got an e-mail from the manager saying she was sorry she missed me at the meeting (*chagrin) but attaching all the materials I would have acquired at the meeting anyway and offering a 25% discount on registration. I read about the team, the training and the race and decided … well, why the hell not? But then I didn’t do anything about it.
Except … I told my friend (we’ll call him … Cupcake) about it one evening in an off-handed comment, along the lines of: “I was thinking about maybe training for a half marathon and raising money for cancer research in the process … maybe. I dunno. Maybe not.”
Two days later, when I saw Cupcake again, he took the money for the registration fee out of his wallet and pressed it into my hand. “For your half marathon. Do it.”
So there you have it, I am an official team member of the Los Angeles DetermiNation Team for the Arizona Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon/Marathon in Phoenix/Tempe, AZ in January 2013. I started my training last weekend and it was fantastic. I’ve been up every morning this week (except Monday … ick) to do my training on my own and I feel fantastic. Now, you all know how I feel about morning exercise, but I gotta tell you, this feels different. It must have something to do with the fact that I not only have a defined goal, but I’m also $700 committed in donations so far and I’ve told people I’m gonna do it so there you go.
I am still far from achieving my goal, so if you’re pheeling philanthropic, click HERE to access my donation page. Thanks for reading, for supporting and for forgiving my absence (you have, haven’t you?). I am raising money to help fight cancer .. and getting healthier myself in the process. I’ll be back soon!