BENEFITING: COVENANT HOUSE NEW JERSEY INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Covenant House - 2015 Marathon Training
Thank you for taking the time to read this. As many of you know, this will be my 4th marathon raising money for Covenant House, but my first one in 3 years. I was skeptical that I could actually do this again, now at age 57.
But so far I have met my training goals and run over 240 miles. My longest run to date was 18 miles. At the end, it is still daunting to think I would still need to go 8.2 MORE miles to finish the race.
Here is what I learned so far during my training.
I started running again just like I always did, and my pace was around 10:15 to 10:30 minutes per mile. A very comfortable pace. But then my friend Gregg challenged me to shorten my stride and quicken my cadence when I trained. I told him that was counter intuitive to running faster, and sounded exhausting. But we tried it together, and almost immediately my times when down to 9:15 to 9:30 minutes per mile. One full minute per mile faster. So now when Gregg and I run together he is constantly reminding me to take "small steps". When we run up hills, he keeps saying "Small, small, smaller, small".
Smaller steps and a friend to take the journey with you and keep you on the path. That is working for me and it is exactly what covenant House does for homeless youth. Most of these youth don’t know how to get a job, or an education, or an apartment. Many times they don’t have any adults in their lives to mentor and guide them. Covenant House takes the daunting task of getting a kid off the street and breaks it down into "small steps". And Covenant House provides the mentors, too.
With every dollar you donate, you can whisper "small steps" in the ear of a homeless youth, and encourage them to complete the marathon they are facing in life. My job is easy, 8 more weeks, a quick 26.2 miles and I can relax and go back to my very comfortable life. The kids at Covenant House are at the beginning of their personal marathon called life, and they need your help. Please sponsor my run to help these kids. Thank you.