I’ve been training hard for this little 1/2 marathon in June. Training hard and fundraising hard. I haven’t decided which part is more difficult yet.
I have learned that it takes thick skin to ask people for donations for a cause. I try not to take things personally, but sometimes my feelings get hurt anyway.
I have learned that donations come from surprising places. My largest donation has come from a friend that I have never met, all the way from Belgium! I’ve had donations from high school friends that I haven’t seen in 14 years. Even a donation from Australia. So many donations from my Sisters. I get teary every time. I tell myself not to take offense that some of the people closest to me haven’t offered a word of encouragement.
I have learned that the greatest obstacle keeping me from running is me. I talk myself out of it and tell myself that I can’t go on any longer. So I don’t. Why do I do that? I proved to myself that I CAN do it. I just had to go all the way to Baltimore and have 3 friends-I-had-never-met-before with me. And today, I saw progress in my (barely)running.
I have learned that everyone has a story worth telling.
I have learned that there are amazing people who will go ABOVE and BEYOND for a worthwhile cause.
I have learned that the right song playing on my iPod can make or break me. Dolly can save me in my weakest moment.
I have learned that supportive people can make all the difference. I’m fortunate to have many of them in my life.
The training is hard. The fundraising is hard. But I’m doing it, and it’s SO worth it.