BENEFITING: LIFE TIME FITNESS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Aug 16, 2014
As many of you know, I love to run. This wasn’t always the case. I started out as someone who almost hated running. Now, running is my zen. It calms me, it energizes me, and most importantly it challenges me to find ways to be a better person on a daily basis.
Last year, I attempted the Leadville 100 run as my first 100-mile race and was pulled from the race at mile 75ish when a truck pulled up next to my pacer and me telling us I was not going to make the time cut-off. There was no way around it; I was done.
I’ve been putting in a lot of thought into going back to Leadville. Part of me is terrified. I’m scared of Hope Pass (a 3,000 foot climb in 5 miles – do the math). I’m scared of the time cut-offs. I’m scared of not having oxygen to breathe at 10,000 feet above sea level. I’m scared of failing again. But…
What would I tell my calculus students to do when I give them a hard problem? I even have a blog post titled, “Try, Fail, Understand, Win.” What did it take for me to take the plunge up the mountain again?
While these thoughts were going through my head, a friend told me about running the Leadville 100 for charity. It turns out the charity, the Life Time Foundation, fit perfectly with my passion for living a healthy lifestyle and educating kids about living/eating healthy. (If you know me, you know that I feel education is empowerment.)
The Life Time Foundation is focused on inspiring healthy people and a healthy planet. Their mission is to improve children's nutrition - one school lunch program at a time. Being a child who depended on the free school lunch program, finding ways to make these lunches healthier is very meaningful to me.
The money that you donate will help create positive change in our communities with 100% of every dollar donated, going to support the cause. Life Time Fitness covers all administrative expenses for the Foundation making your donation go that much further.
Why am I telling you all this? I’m hoping you’ll join me in raising money to bring change and promote a healthy active lifestyle for the young as well as pressure me even more to train and not give up. I will think of each and every one of you on the course when I am tired and want to run away into the woods to sleep. I will literally “run for food.”
You can support my efforts by making a donation of whatever amount you can.
Thanks for your support!
For more information on the Life Time Foundation please visit: www.ltffoundation.org
Also, check out the trailer for the Leadville 100 race movie to see what I’m getting myself into: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqmJDT-C4gE .