If you know me, you know clean water is something near and dear to my heart. Water is a valuable resource that I take for granted so I’m doing my part in trying to conserve what we have here and by sending what money I can to organizations that dig wells. I’ve decided I don’t need to take full pressure showers and that, if it’s just pee, the toilet doesn’t need to be flushed every time. Too much info? Sorry.
This February is the Austin Marathon. My crazy friend is running the FULL marathon, that’s 26.2 miles. I can’t comprehend this. 26.2 miles is like running to a different city. Heck, 26.2 miles is longer than Rhode Island is in certain parts. I was planning on running the HALF marathon, 13.1 miles, until I found out I was knocked up. I decided that 13.1 miles and 7 months pregnant don’t mix. I ain’t gonna lie tho. I had full intentions of starting out with Chantel and then yellling “peace out” with a huge smile on my face as I made the turn to finish knowing full well she wasn’t even half way done yet….hey, what are friends for right? So instead, I’m stalking the “volunteer” section of the website so I can sign up to hand out water and cheer her on as she runs past.
Why is she running? Well she is running on the World Vision Team (one of my favorite organizations) for clean water. The following is her blog. Please read it and then pull out your debit card and sponsor her….PLEASE!!!
Posted in Uncategorized on 10/27/2013 08:30 pm by Chantel
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It could be said of me that I have lost my mind. I’m one of those weirdos who watches marathons on TV, gets a bit awe struck, laces up my running shoes and says dumb things like “some day”.
Well, that day is February 16, 2014.
Me, a good pair of running shoes, my favorite city and 26.2 miles. This when the dream becomes a reality. The training is hard, early and makes me ask myself what could I possibly be thinking. This is no joke. The day I clicked to register, I had massive butterflies in my stomach. “Do things that make you nervous”, they say. It’s not the first time in my life, so why not a marathon (after talking about it for 4 1/2 years).
I have a purpose for this impractical madness.
We know the reality and the numbers. The amount of people with little to no access to clean drinking water is staggering. Don’t let the large number of need lead you to inactivity.
I’m running to raise money for clean water projects for Team World Vision. $50 provides clean water for one person for a generation. My goal is to raise $1300. That is $50 a mile. I’ve got a lot of miles to run. Partner with me. I’m doing this crazy, impractical thing. I’m asking you to do something practical. Partner with me, and leave the running to me.
First request – I need prayer. This is a lot of hard training, the cause is great and I want to do this well…both the fundraising and the race.
Second request – I’m asking you to sponsor a mile. Any donation helps. Let’s do this!
– go to my fundraising page http://team.worldvision.org/site/TR?px=1389840&fr_id=2220&pg=personal
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