I used to run no less than 20 miles per week. During this time, I also smoked no less than a pack of cigarettes a day. I remember finishing a long run through and plunking down in the sunshine with a smoke and a coke. Weird. Eventually I quit smoking. And running. I miss both things. I miss the buzz of a smoke and the endorphin high from a good run.
I’ve decided to start running again. I would like to start smoking again, but I’ve sworn off the cancer sticks for health reasons. However, IF I get diagnosed with a disease that will undoubtedly kill me within a year, I will commit myself to smoking no less than 2 packs of Marlboro Reds per day because fuck it, right? But back to the running thing.
I have committed to running the ZOOMA 10K on August 10th in Chicago. I am doing it for myself, because I need to get back to doing the kind of exercise I love, which is running, but I am also doing it for Donna and her family (you can read Donna's Momma's blog HERE). I’m getting a team together to raise money for Donna’s Good Things. Details are in the works. It’s like getting the band back together, but there are no musical instruments and there wasn’t actually a band that was once together, hoping to reunite. Weird. So I guess it’s not really like getting the band back together. But back to the running.
Here is what you need to know about ZOOMA Women's Racing Series, according to their website:
“ZOOMA is unique among other women’s races in that it is literally “run by women” (pun intended!) ZOOMA’s founder and executive director is a woman, mother, and runner, and the staff is all women. A panel of national running bloggers serve as advisors to help us in our primary goal–to execute events that cater to the real needs and wants of actual women runners.”
Founder of ZOOMA – Brae Blackley
I dig the rad and empowering mission of this organization and felt it deep in my old bones that this would be the perfect opportunity to tie together two things that are important to me: my health and raising money for charity.
There is one other reason I am doing this particular race with this particular racing company, and it’s THE most important reason of all reasons. I am doing it for my daughter. I want her to see me do it. I want her to that it’s possible to set a goal and achieve it by working hard. I want her to see that there is always a way to help others.
I want her to SEE.
I tell her all the time that she’s smart and capable and wonderful and can do anything she puts her mind to, but those are really just words to her right now. I want her to SEE these words in action. After all, I have to do something to balance out the negativity that comes with blogging about the difficulty of parenting and the beatings with wire hangers, right? If that sounds weird and you don’t understand that reference, it’s not important to get it. I just tossed it in there because I’m an ass and could not resist. But back to running.
I’m doing it. I hope you will consider joining my team, or even just run on your own There is an opportunity to do a ½ marathon as well, which I will NOT, I repeat NOT ever be doing for personal reasons and because it would take too much time away from berating my children to train for such a long race.
I am committed to this.
I’ll likely have to be committed afterward, but still I am all IN! I’ll be signing books on Friday night at the pre-race event and Every Mother Counts charity event. I will also be drinking. And swearing. I know it seems odd that I’d be drinking the night before the race, but I have a very real fear that this race is going to be the end of me, so I am going to throw down a few glasses of wine just in case.
I'm going to need a lot of support. And ibuprofen and ice. I'll probably whine on the regular about the training. I hope my ass gets smaller. I have to buy a new running bra for my big jugs. So much to think about....
Details to come regarding the getting back together of the band that was never together, (A.K.A. a team of Moms Who Drink And Swear and CARE ) that want to raise dollas for Donna’s Good Things. Email me directly if you want to join the band, I mean TEAM. email@example.com
Disclaimer – No, I am not getting paid for this post. Yes, it benefits me to do this physically, emotionally and financially as I will have the opportunity to sign books at the event and my book is so fucking good that everyone will want one. Maybe even two. And this is good because if I keel over and croak anytime during or after the race, my children will at least have a few more dollars in the bank.