October 17, 2016
BENEFITING: WV VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER
EVENT DATE: Sep 18, 2016
On June 23, 2016, catastrophic floods ravaged portions of West Virginia. Sadly, 23 people lost their lives. Additionally, many others lost their homes, businesses, and communities. The process to rebuild these areas is ongoing and many people are still in need of assistance.
Having grown up in southern West Virginia, this tragic event certainly hit home. My efforts are focused on raising money to support the rebuilding of the impacted communities by obtaining sponsorships for running a marathon. Although this may sound unoriginal, this is not your typical sponsored runner story.
Although I played competitive soccer through high school, I've sadly fallen victim to being quite inactive overall. I've not been in shape and until recently didn't work out. People have suggested that I go running as a means to stay in shape, but I truthfully don't enjoy it much due to the monotony. Occasionally, I would convince myself to go for a jog, but the longest I had ever gone was around 4 miles.
Recently, my good friend took an interest in endurance running and tried to persuade me to participate in his new found hobby. Earlier this year, he successfully completed a half-marathon. In early June, he proposed I join him for a marathon in September. Keep in mind, I'm not a runner and have never run any race in my life. I thought, "You've got to be nuts! There's no way I could ever run that far with just a few months to train. The most I've ever ran at one time is 4 miles. The last time I did any intense physical training was over 8 years ago for high school soccer. No thank you...."
Several weeks passed in which I did no training, as I didn't give serious consideration to his invitation. After the floods occurred, it dawned on me that I could raise money for the flood victims by running this marathon. I decided to sign up for the race and begin training. The only problem is that there were only 8 weeks before the marathon.
Sure a marathon isn't easy, but how bad could it be? I conducted some follow up research to find out. Apparently, most sites recommend that beginning runners take 6 months to prepare for a marathon and experienced runners take 12-16 weeks of preparation. ...Needless to say, I've got my work cut out for me, but my mission is to complete all 26.2 miles on September 18, 2016 in the allotted time.
The few experienced runners I've spoken with think I'm being unrealistic, but I'm out to prove them wrong. Please consider following my journey and support the West Virginians affected by the flooding in June by sponsoring my running per mile completed in the Morgantown Marathon. All donations are being sent to the WV VOAD (http://wvflood.com/donate/Pages/default.aspx).
Just like my training, the rebuilding process is gradual and has to be taken step by step.