I’ve been taking my commitment to Team in Training seriously. I’ve gotten up at 6:00 a.m. or earlier each morning of my trip and run somewhere between 2-3 miles each day. I gave some thought to running more than that, but with sessions starting at 8:00 a.m. and events running until midnight and beyond, there wasn’t a lot of time for important things like sleep, much less an extra half hour to go hunting for the 7-mile running trail. I also had the chance to throw in a bit more cardio effort each day as I encouraged colleagues to join me in walking the 1.5 miles roundtrip to West End for dinner. It may not be much, but it’s better for me than taking a taxi.
I fired up my fundraising page and remained moderately mortified for about two days when I realized that my only donor is the wife of the man whose memory I’m dedicating the race to. Fortunately, a few friends have joined her and made me feel a little bit better about the whole process. The fundraising is the part that scares me the most. What if I can’t convince people to donate? I tried a ploy where I suggested that my 300+ Twitter followers should each give $10, but that didn’t seem to get me anywhere. That’s the interesting trick of it all: it doesn’t have to be big donations, as long as you know a lot of people.
I’ll be posting training updates every few days. Keep track and offer encouragement when I do well and heckling when I don’t.