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One week until training begins

05 Jul

I have one week left before my training begins for the Los Angeles Half Marathon. I decided to join Team ASPCA this year, which I’m really excited about! I’ve never run on a team as an adult, so I’m looking forward to this new experience. I will start with virtual training next week and will be keeping up with it throughout the training period, but in a few weeks, I’ll get to join the team members in Orange County for weekly runs and meet-ups. Yep, we’re moving to California! Very exciting!! 🙂 No, not moving there just for this…  haha. And I’m really looking forward to running with a team again–it’s been a long time since I’ve been on a team.

I grew up playing soccer on co-ed and all girls teams for 10 years, running cross country in high school and just being mostly a tomboy, constantly playing outside with my brothers and friends. In college I started running more on my own and really enjoyed the solitude and me-time aspects of it. I still do. In fact, I get so much thinking time and enjoyment out of my running, that I am usually itching to get outside to pound out a few miles several times a week. I’ll still be running a good bit on my own for this training cycle, but I think the Saturday team runs will be a nice addition for me. A big difference with this team is the fact that we’ll all be running for a cause together. A very important cause.

The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass legislation for humane causes that affect animals and share resources with shelters across the country. It was founded in 1866 and was the first organization of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. I’m lucky to be running for such an incredible cause, and I’m excited about all the good it will mean for the furry ones who cannot help themselves.

Another thing I’m lucky to have? Amazing friends and family who have already donated to my fundraising page. I’m so touched that people have already started giving, and I am really motivated by the progress toward reaching my goal of raising $1,500 for the organization. So far, I’ve raised about 16%… yes, before training has even begun! I am really blessed to have such generous friends and family, so thank you! I still need to raise a good bit of money, though, so if you’re able and feel like this is a cause you wish to support, please do! {Click here.} I would be forever grateful, and I’ll dedicate a training week to your pet. 😉 I plan to update my dedicated training weeks here, so stay tuned!

I realize that not everyone has the money to give, so your virtual support is also appreciated. Running is a tough sport, and no run is the same as the last. Some days are definitely harder than others for different reasons. {Maybe that’s a future post… hmm.} Thanks for your support, whether financial or virtual. I truly appreciate it, friends! xo

 
1 Comment

Posted by on July 5, 2014 in Running, Team ASPCA

 

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One response to “One week until training begins

  1. Trèsors De Luxe { tresors deluxe }

    August 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Good luck!

     

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