6 Days to go!
May 01, 2017
On May 7th, I will be participating in the Lincoln Half Marathon on behalf of Project Purple. I have pledged to raise funds for Project Purple and I need your help. What is Project Purple and why am I doing this? My decision to participate in the Lincoln Half was a lot more than just a challenge or a race. I am hesitant but felt like maybe my journey this past year would help explain my need to run 13.1 miles (at one time) and how Project Purple is a cause I felt the desire to support.
My story begins in April 2016 when I decided enough was enough; I was going to start making small changes in an effort to get healthy and lose weight. I started to change how and what I ate and knew I had to get active again. I of course started swimming, using weights, and cardio machines. Then my lifelong friend Cassie suggested we start the C25k program. We could do it sort of together even though we live in different states. I had tried this before with little success, I had always said “I am a swimmer and can’t run”. I decided it was going to do it different this time around, I was not going to push myself, I was only going to run every other day, I was going to run outside as much as possible, I was not going to worry about my pace and I was not going to be afraid to repeat a day or week if I needed. I completed the 8 week program about 10 weeks later in June of 2016. I could run for the amount of time suggested but not quite the distance. So I started a 5K plan on Map My Fitness and continued to build my endurance and even was able to start to increase my pace.
The cross training, Y Loose It, and much better eating started to show results and by August had lost about 40 lbs, registered and ran my very 1st organized 5K. I was surviving the running and actually starting to enjoy it, even missing it when I wasn’t able to run. In September I started another round of Y Loose It and started a 10K training program. I know was running 4 days a week along with a variety of cross training. I couldn’t believe that I was able to go out and run 2-5 miles at a time, I was averaging 10-15 miles a week! In the fall I was able to run a faster 5K and my 1st 10K. I really thought that I would have no desire to run longer distances but it was helping my weight loss and healthy lifestyle and I was thrilled with the fact that I was down nearly 75 lbs.
So why the run the Lincoln Half and why do I want you to help me support Project Purple. I went on the Lincoln Marathon just to explore the possibility of registering, to have another goal to work towards and discovered that there was a charity partner called Project Purple. What is Project Purple? Project Purple is an impact-driven organization with a vision of a world without pancreatic cancer. Their mission is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion. The mission of this organization suddenly held meaning for me, just a week prior I had attended the funeral of a friend who had fought an incredible 10 year battle with pancreatic cancer. I felt like this was a sign and filled out the application to be a part of the Project Purple Team.
For every $25 that is donated will support patients who are currently battle pancreatic cancer! Project Purple is able to provide funding for a pancreatic cancer cure, fund support groups for patients & families, provide care packages for patients during treatment, and assist those patients who are financially struggling with medical and pharmacy expenses related to their treatment program. In our local community Project Purple is providing $150,000 to fund research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
So what can you do to help out? Please donate $25 and help me reach my goal of raising $500 for Project Purple. To celebrate reaching my fundraising goal, my weight loss accomplishment so far, and a year of healthier living I will run 13.1 miles on May 7th