A little MJ today while I was running.
I planned on running 4 miles but I got a real boost of energy when this song came on and I started thinking. I thought about what we have started. We started something way bigger than any one of us alone. We may have started something bigger than all of us combined. This may be the first time when I have actually seen something that is larger than the sum of its parts. How that is possible, as a scientist, I don’t know. But if we can keep this up, if we can run the almost 15k miles and raise the almost 15k dollars than that is something that every single person should be immensely proud of. What I find unique about this site is, there is no real way to tell the impact of a single person. We are all one living, breathing, running, fundraising, cancer ass kicking organism. How amazing is that??
Oh then I looked down, 5.5 miles had gone by.
I woke this morning. I was still tired, my legs were tired. I wanted to curl back up and go back to sleep for a bit then go sit on the couch and watch football. I didn’t. I went to the gym. I was going to run 3 miles but I ran 5 instead.
As I was running I started to think. How lucky are we that we have the choice to go run or not to run on any given day. We have the choice to run/fight or not. The people we are running for don’t have the luxury of that choice. They get up and fight everyday, whether they are tired or hungry or anything for that matter. Having this choice is what we are fighting for. Giving the choice backed to our loved ones, that is what this is all really about isn’t it?
That song came on while I was running today. It really started to make me thing while I was running. Aren’t those the things that are driving us in our campaign to fight cancer? We want to be better at fighting the disease, we need to push through the harder times, we come together to make the healing go faster, and in the end, aren’t we all stronger for what we go through?
Just some thoughts on day 2. I am going to try to find a song lyric for each day of my run. I think it will be a fun exercise (if you allow me the pun). Today I ran 5 miles by the way. That is 9 down and 991 to go. I honestly hope to have run the most miles soon so I can sort of be the the pace setter. I know we all have different miles we pledged to run, but I promise to (at least try) to be in the front of the pack as much as I can.
PS- Incase you were wondering; this is the face I make when I get running and I get super determined
“To change the world,Start with one step.
However small, The first step is hardest of all.
Once you get your gate,You will walk in tall.”
A great quote from Dave Matthews Band to start this (what might end up being a rambling) post.
As you must know by this point, a few months ago I found out my mother was diagnosis with Stage 4 Lung Carcinoma. I was incredibly torn up when I found out as you would expect. I knew I had two choices; 1)wallow in mourning and sadness which frankly would do neither myself nor my mother or my family any good, or 2) Find a silver lining, be a rock for my loved ones and some how make the best of the cards we were given.
What do you think I choose? If you guessed 2, you are right.
I ran (to work out my stress) for a while trying to wrap my head around this problem. I am a runner by nature I guess, and I found I truly enjoyed running. I mean I did run a half marathon 7 months ago. When I went running I went into my Zen Zone, I could think clear, develop ideas, and get lost in potential. Out of these many ideas, one was born. WeRanForAnne.com . The idea was simple; pledge an amount of miles that you would run between 12/12/11 and 12/12/12 (12/12 being my mother’s birthday) then raise $1 for every mile pledged. All the money would then be donated to the American Cancer Society
Fast forward a month and that brings us to today. We had a soft launch on December 1st and our main launch yesterday at 8pm. As I type this, countless people have visited our site, pledged over 12,800 miles and raised over $1,200. The outpouring of support and the community and people rallying around my mother, and this idea, and the loved ones that they have lost or are fighting cancer is really amazing. It is very hard to describe what it is like seeing all of this unfold first hand. I didn’t even think people were going to want to be apart of this. Now I have people asking what more can they do!! The good will and good mojo is flowing like crazy!
Well today was my first step (literally) in my year long campaign to raise money. Sure I set up the site got it running with my friends, but today was really my first step. I pledged to run 1000 miles. Today I went to the gym and ran my first 4 miles. 996 to go. Everyone says the first step is hardest of all. I dont believe that, not anymore. When you have a community of people who are willing to support you and be behind you the whole way, which is what we have at WeRanForAnne.com then it is not hard at all.
Where I was going with this post I don’t know, but looks like I ended up here. If you haven’t checked out this site yet check it out. Pledge some miles donate some money. If you have already then you already know that you have my deepest thanks, what you guys have done can never be truly expressed. You have all changed my lives for the better and I know for certain you have helped my mother in her fight against cancer which is more than I could have asked for. We are all walking tall now, aren’t we?