About 3 years ago Justin challenged me to start running. I really disliked it at first. The only reason I kept up with it was because I felt like my overall mood had improved. Then of course I saw the other great benefits of it. The more I ran the more I enjoyed it. However, like others, I got bored. I was in search of a new type of motivational tool to help me run and I found it. I call it my "Running With A Purpose" excuse.
I no longer run for myself (unless I'm racing against my father-in-law Steve, then it's on!) My first challenge was a 5k, Run for Mercy. That day I ran to help support a young man in Africa. It was fun to pretend that he was by my side cheering me on to finish for him. First challenge completed! It felt unbelievable to have finished my first 5k. I wanted to do more so I signed up to do another 5k. This time it was Save The Boobies. (Breast Cancer). The more 5k's I ran that had a purpose behind it the more I kept craving them.
After praying for a couple of days and talking to Justin about it I decided to run my first half marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, August 19th, 2012. I'm sure you're wondering what's my purpose for this one huh? About 3 weeks ago I discovered that one of my drill sergeants (who was a fabulous leader) lost his life in Iraq, May 22, 2011. It absolutely broke my heart. I wanted to do some thing in his memory. After doing some research I found an awesome military project that helps wounded soldiers and their families. It's called The Wounded Warrior Project. The things that this program does is unbelievable! I noticed that they also accept donations and you can donate in memory/honor of someone. Justin and I put two and two together and thought that donating money to the project in memory of SFC Clifford Beattie would be the perfect thing to do.
So I signed up for the half marathon and my goal is to raise as much money as possible to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of SFC Beattie. I can't wait to get out there and promote this! Will you help?