Carlsbad, California on January 24th, 2010! No, I have no idea what I'm doing! But I'm doing a lot of research to figure it out.
But why in the world am I trying to accomplish a marathon? Good question! Here are some reasons:
1. It's time to give Samantha a good example for her life. I'm significantly overweight, and that's not something that Samantha needs. I want her to be like Ronnie, or Cris, and be an athletic girl so that she can help maintain her health. My dream someday would be for my daughter to go running with me. That would be super cool.
2. I need to be healthy for me. I'd be lying if I didn't report to you that I desperately need to get in better shape. Since I turned 30, my body has been slower to react to my efforts at exercise. I know I'm still young, which bothers me even more. I used to run long distance in high school track...what happened? It's time to fix this.
3. My Navy career compels me. A fitter me has an easier chance of passing all future physical readiness tests. Bottom line: If I keep passing, then I keep my career going in the right direction. I've failed before, and it's not fun.
4. I want to expand Team Sam's reach. For two years, all we've done is Great Strides, and I'm not bashful about that fact in the slightest. However, 2010 is the year to start expanding that a little. So I'll start with this half marathon. I can raise money and help get the word out about our team.
Speaking of which...here's a big surprise: I'm not running for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I know...big surprise! The reality is that I didn't have a choice. When I was signing up originally, CFF had a slot or two, but by the time I had filled out my personal information, that slots were GONE! The simple fact is that CFF is so well known and respected that slots go quickly.
So for my first half marathon I will be running on behalf of Lifesharing, and organization that helps sign people up for organ donation and facilitates the transplant process, including running an organ bank. Anyone who helps CFers with transplant issues is a friend of mine, so I will be running for them.
More details will be forthcoming, but I wanted to get the word out. This is a big step for me and Alicia (my biggest fan and supporter!), so any thoughts or advice is much appreciated! Thanks!
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