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Who Do You Run For?

26 Jul

Who do you run for? What keeps you going when you feel like you can’t go any further?

Once upon a time, I ran a marathon for charity – the American Diabetes Association. Mainly I did this because I wanted to go to Ireland, not because of any interest in the organization. Little did I know that 4 years later I’d be diagnosed with diabetes and, well, get a little more interested in what they do! 

Fast forward 5 or so years. I was getting ready to run my, likely, last NYC Marathon. I’ve run this one about 6 times (I think) and had decided I needed to expand my horizons! I wanted to run for charity but wasn’t sure which one.

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Then, fate struck! I was at the Country Music Half Marathon expo and met some AWESOME people from the Tug McGraw Foundation and Team McGraw. Decided then and there that this was the charity I would run for! 

That was 5 years ago and they still have my heart – and my sole(s) – hah! Get it?! Anyway…when I run, I run for all the people who have come into my life through the Foundation and Team McGraw. I run surrounded by angels.

Recently someone introduced me to a group on Facebook “I run 4 Michael”. What the organizers do is match up runners with people who can’t run. So, always looking for motivation, I signed up. It wasn’t long before I was matched with my running buddy – Kylar. He’s got bilateral Schizencephaly and his parents were told that he would never walk, talk, smile, see, hear…lots of things that he can do now! He’s got an amazing smile and is a little fighter. Now, when I run, in addition to all of my McGraw angels I’ve got Kylar in my heart and on my mind. And hopefully one day I’ll get to meet him in person.

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So, who – or what – do you run for? What is your motivation to get out there when you don’t want to get out there?!

National Running Day

5 Jun

Today is the one “official” day set aside to celebrate running – but most runners celebrate every time they hit the road! But there’s one day that EVERYONE can celebrate running. In fact, today would be a great day for someone who wants to run to start. It’s also a great day to keep the streak going – some of us may have been slacking on that but will definitely be catching up this weekend 😉

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We all got started for a different reason and we all keep going for a different reason. Honestly, I keep trying because I know that I have rarely “given it my all” out there and each day I vow to do better. So I run. And, I really really love my couch. And I really really love the snacks that sometimes show up at my couch. However, my diabetic body doesn’t appreciate either of those things as much as I do. So I run. 

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And I really really want to look like the top picture. And that takes work. So I run. Plus, I’ve met some really great people through running and that makes it easier to get out there!

I do what I can to make it fun. The best way to make it fun is to runDisney. I highly recommend running at least one Disney run event in your running career (though, to be honest, they’re like Lay’s® chips – you can’t run just one!) Plus – there is some AMAZING bling out there – if you’re into that sort of thing!

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Today, to help you get started there are LOTS of deals out there on the interwebs –

$20 off of race entry at Rock-n-Roll – Rock-n-Roll Fun events, lots of music and some great locations. I know I’m going to register for Providence today, who’s joining me?!

10% off at any Diva race – Run Like a Diva Ladies focused, tiaras, boas and a champagne finish!

Free Shipping at National Running Center – National Running Center

I’m sure there are many more deals to be found today if you search!! Plus your area running stores will probably have groups out on the road tonight – check them out!! 

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