It will be a while before I'm up to running in a marathon...I'm just getting up to speed with walking. :o) I have friend at work that will be competing this fall in the Marine Crops Marathon for Leukemia and Lymphoma via the 'Team In Training program'. I'm very impressed with his dedication and pre-training that he has been doing for this event. A lot of work, but because of the effort that he is putting into, I know he will do well. SEMPER FI! GO LUKE!
Even when I was heavier, I loved to walk in events like the Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) -- I don't have a lot of money and I can't make donations to everything I'd like to support, but by golly I can solicit donations and I can walk. This year I captained my church's Relay team and we raised over $1000, not bad for a small church! I spent most of the time on my feet, and it was some of the most satisfying exercise I'd gotten all year.
Most events seem to be geared for runners, and/or are too far a distance from where I'm located. But I've participated in two charity bike rides this summer and have my eye out for more opportunities such as this. My local sparkteam is also looking for an event we can all do together! (Oh, and I participated in the annual donkey basketball game my senior year of high school. Those poor donkeys!)
I work for an agency that combats domestic violence and last year they had a 24 hour relay race and I just laughed in their faces when they asked for volunteers to run a mile or 2 for the relay....not this year! I'm looking forward to it and hope to run at least 3 miles!!!!
I always encourage my weight loss patients to sign up for races to keep their motivation going. I had 10 patients finish the RocK and Roll 1/2 marathon on Sunday in Virginia Beach, none of which had ever done a race before. The sense of accomplishment alone it worth the 13.1 miles, the t-shirt and medal are just a fun bonuses. I recommend checking with your local running club for upcoming races. While some of the larger races can be expensive, but also more fun, most 5K's around here are between $15-$30.
I can honestly say its been a long time since I did exercise for charity. However, I do participate in Bloomsday every year with my daughter. It's about 7.5 miles. It has a spot called "Doomsday Hill" at about the 5 mile marker. Real challenging.
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