A few weeks ago I started wishing I had done fundraising for my next half-marathon because I’ll be running it on the day my Nampie (grandfather) passed away 2 years ago from Lymphoma. I don’t think he ever ran, but I fondly remember our matching velour jogging suits in the 80’s.
I love the idea of running for something bigger, but with a strange travel schedule find it tough to be part of big fundraising/training groups. My friend Emma over at A Mom Runs this Town dedicates her Saturday posts to raising awareness or actually fundraising for different charities, and yet she doesn’t do it through any official capacity.
On Thursday, I begin my 15 hour drive from Birmingham to Philadelphia for part one of my move. I am doing the drive alone, so I’m breaking it up over 4 days (in reality 3 but I can’t get into my temporary housing until Sunday) to make it manageable in case I need to stop often to keep myself alert and pumped up. You know what that means:
Who doesn’t love a good car dance party? But the other thing it means is that I will be driving through 6 states for nearly 15 hours, and I’m a runner, I can’t sit still that long!
And so the brilliant idea came together:
Image from connectioncafe.com
I’m going to run in every state I drive in to get from Birmingham to Philly, 6 states, and keep my formal training schedule on to of it, to run a total of 20 miles. And my goal will be to raise $500 ($25 per mile) for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For a little extra encouragement, I’m also doing a a Rafflecopter giveaway
In addition to the normal Tweet, follow and comment, options, you can win more entries by donating to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (5 entries per $10 donation) and emailing me proof (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by blogging my post to spread the word (5 entries per reblog, just make sure you link to me or let me know!).