|Talking to the class about Run2Walk - picture from Daily News|
|Shot from the R2W camera of Jason and I talking to my general music class|
picture from Daily News
|Another picture from Daily News|
So here is a bit of info about my involvement:
How did I get in this position as first sponsored runner?
My brother is the founder and I had already committed to running the half in April before Run2Walk took form. When the board of directors was determining how to launch the idea and a "first sponsored runner" came up Jason told them that I was already training (back in Sept). So at Thanksgiving Jason told me all about Run2Walk and asked me to be the first sponsored runner. I was so honored to take on this responsibility.
How I felt?
Jason and I grew up with an Aunt and Uncle who were unable to walk due to multiple sclerosis. I always new they would do anything to walk again. It always upset me that there are people like them who wanted to but couldn't and then there were those who could but wouldn't. Then there is the whole other side of the idea which is running while knowing someone else can't walk. Have you ever run past someone in a wheelchair? It makes me feel terrible when I do. I can't imagine the feeling they have. Some might think they get used to it, or become numb to it, but can you imagine if they don't?! So, I cried a bit when I mentioned our aunt and uncle (who we miss very much) to my brother and how I finally feel like I can do something to help people like them.
What I do?
I immediately started doing a video diary of my journey to be used on the R2W site and I got on Twitter to make better connections with runners to encourage me and to also hopefully inspire others and share my story to help spread the word about R2W. I have come to LOVE twitter and I enjoy so much the twitter people I have "met" that are on journeys similar to mine. Thanks to all my twitter followers! I have continued to blog as well.
I can now share about Run2Walk in my blog!!! so Yay! I continue to train and video diary. I have another filming weekend coming up with R2W.
What can you do?
Follow me! @findtheskinny on twitter, here at my blog, and on www.run2walk.org very soon. Until my story is on the R2W site, please go on to the site and read all about it, watch the promo video, and bookmark it!
Thank you so much to all of my blog readers! You mean a lot to me and are instrumental in my training! I just never know when a reader is watching me. I learned that this weekend. I went to my Music Teacher conference where I saw many many friends that I don't see often. I was so shocked at how many people mentioned following my blog/running story. I mentioned that to my hubby, also at the conference, and he said "you have NO idea!". I asked what he meant? He had spent some time talking to a colleague from another county that he didn't know well, and when he was introduced to that colleague's girlfriend she said "oh, I read your wife's blog!" WOAH! I was stunned. So many people read this blog that I don't even realize. Thanks to the girlfriend of the KMEA member that met my husband this week. You have encouraged me!
Thanks everyone! keep reading! Lots more about Run2Walk to come!