|With the team after a 10k last year|
If you read this blog, there’s a good chance you a) like running and/or b) like helping others. So listen up!
My favorite charity, Back on My Feet, is doing a giving campaign right now. Before you click away, I’d ask you watch at least part of this video they put together. These are our DC guys — and it warms my heart to see them here.
Sometimes we struggle with getting enough volunteers. Sometimes, we need more money. Well, always, we need more money because the needs and the new runners in the program never end.
To you, running may be something to keep in shape. Or maybe it’s something you really dislike or do for enjoyment. I don’t know.
To these guys, running represents a life they never had — a life they could have — a life they used to have. It means SO much. And for many of them, crossing the finish line of their first 5k is one of the first major accomplishments they’ve experienced.
Yesterday, I got a text message from one of my Back on My Feet friends and this is what it said:
Do you know how it warmed my heart to receive that text? The relapse rate for addicts is very high. I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go through our program — guys that I wanted so badly to succeed but have unfortunately gone back to that lifestyle. I always tell them — come back and run.
But many people DO succeed. And many people DO credit Back on My Feet for playing a major part in that.
|Me, giving out awards to some of our alumni members last summer.|
Rodan is a blind runner from BoMF. I recently interviewed him and here’s a snippet of what he said:
“Once upon a time, all my friends and my associates were people out to do the wrong thing in life…and only today I’m introduced to a brand new world where my discussion with people is how many miles I’m going to run, how well I did and I ask them the same thing.
Today I can smile. Today I can hug someone with no bad intentions. The world just got sweeter for me and I thank God for giving me a second chance.”
It’s not easy running a non-profit and I have a lot of respect for those who do this. The fundraising never ends and I’m doing my small part to help spread the word. Perhaps you have a few dollars to spare or the capacity to help spread the word as well. Click HERE to give.
How can you #DoMore24 today? Check out Back on My Feet in your areas. If it’s not in your area, consider giving. Consider sharing. Consider helping literally change lives.
MARATHON & HALF-MARATHON RUNNERS! Listen up — it’s time to start training for those fall races. Training smart (rather than just training hard) is the ONLY way you are going to reach your full potential for those races.
Today, I want to share with you a few tips via a smart infographic from Bell Lifestyle Products to keep in mind as your print out your training plans. Stay educated! Keep it, live it:
Some tips are simple but I think the basic stuff is what matters most. Stay consistent and you WILL see results in your races this fall!