BENEFITING: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
ORGANIZER: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Hello to you all, my friends and family!
As most of you know, I have been a runner for almost 8 years (I hated to run prior to by BFF from high school bribing me to run 13.1 miles with the promise that she would come to Pgh to do it with me!). I have run the Pgh Half twice and have run a total of 5 half marathons and was glad to PR in Cleveland last fall at the Rock n Roll Half! Most of you also know that I am now a fitness instructor, teaching spin, tabata and a number of other classes with the goal of more certifications in the coming years, including personal training. I work for the YMCA, specifically the Baierl branch in Wexford (well technically the zip code is Sewickley, but that gets confusing because there is also a Sewickley Branch! It is the gym near the old Carmody's on Nicholson Rd.)
I love that I ended up at a YMCA. When I started my career 11 years ago, I worked for Catholic Charities. In college, it was a goal of mine to work for CC and I was lucky enough to achieve that goal right out of school. I was a very idealistic young person (a hippie as many of my friends/family lovingly refer to me as!) To make what could become a very long story into a short one, I am a person that did believe and still believes that whether or not one resonates with God or religion, we are all here as an aggregate of a very interconnected relationship between other humans, living beings, the earth, etc. (See, hippie lingo!) I have always wanted to have a job that is meaningful to me. I accomplished that at Catholic Charities, I accomplish that daily raising my children, and I will continue to accomplish that by helping others meet their fitness goals and believe in themselves as I work for the YMCA.
The YMCA, as many of you know, is way more than just a gym. We are chock full of family and social programs and we will never turn anyone away for not being able to pay. That is the Building Bridges fund that we raise money for every year. It sends children to camp whose parents could not otherwise pay. It allows families to stay in shape together, which we all know, is more than just looking good. Feeling strong and confident from physical fitness permeates our entire mindset and is a great thing to pass onto others. For the first time, I am running a race for charity. I am running for the YMCA (shocking, right? After my little plug above!) I am not however, running for the Baierl YMCA where I work that serves the Northern suburban communities. I am running, and raising money for, the much smaller and much needier North Boroughs YMCA in Bellevue.
Please, if you could, securely donate any amount you can. It could be $1. It all helps and gets me to my $350.00 goal.
I sincerely appreciate you taking time out of your day to read this. Thanks everyone! Come cheer me on next May as I hope to PR yet again (however, Pgh hills are much less forgiving than the Cleveland flat roads!!)