If you’ve been following my journey, you know that I whole heartedly did not want to run any big races this year. I was content to run the NYC Half and call it a year. I clearly said that I did not want a fall marathon. I did not want to train over the summer with my oldest leaving for college. I stomped my feet, crossed my arms, and knew that I was going to sit this year out.
But things change.
And sometimes, sometimes you are given clear signs that you need to do something that you said you wouldn’t do.
This is what happened.
I am a believer is receiving signs if you are open to them. At first, I ignored them but then I realized that this was something that I needed to do. Not to run a marathon, because I meant that part about not wanting to run one. I will run one though. I will run it happily because to me this year it is not about the marathon but about the cause.
Sandy Hook Promise
This was a group that I joined almost as soon as I heard about it. The tragedy at Sandy Hook hit me hard as with so many others. It changed me. It made me want to get involved which I did, but I always felt that I could and should do more especially as each tragic shooting occurred. This is something that I can do. This is something that is a concrete way to help an organization that is trying to what we all want: Protect children from gun violence.
Here is their mission and approach:
“Prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.” They are working and implementing in communities and schools research based programs and practices such as Know the Signs programs. You can visit the SandyHookPromise.org website for more information.
This is my way to help them help others. I will be running NYC Marathon to raise $3,000 for this cause that I feel so strongly about. This is a leap of faith because while I know that I can run a marathon, I’m not too sure about my fundraising skills. I am willing to take this risk.
If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please visit my fundraising page at Fundraising Website.
I am excited about this prospect for many reasons and the process of being part of a team of runners who support this amazing cause. I am heading into this marathon training to finish the race, enjoy the process, and most of all support such a worthy cause.