Well, hello there!
I AM working on a “where have I been for the last 2 months” post to compliment a “my running life (or lack thereof)” post, and hope to have all that up this week. Hope.
But, I did want to share something that we’re doing in a couple of weeks.
I’ll go ahead and establish it as fact that I am willing to do just about anything to raise money for the victims of Boston. My ties for that particular cause are very personal, and every day I am thankful that neither Aaron or I (or anyone I knew running/spectating) were hurt.
Yesterday, I received an email from a group of British folks who are organizing (organising?) a non-stop relay from Los Angeles to Boston. The route goes through New Mexico, and they asked if I would consider carrying the baton through a New Mexico leg. I was honored to have been contacted for such an amazing and meaningful event.
Although…after looking at the website, I became pretty apprehensive. I’ve never done any sort of relay, so the whole, “running by myself through rural New Mexico (in an area where I have NEVER been) with the nearest hotel over an hour away while pretty much having the responsibility to create my own route and contact the people running before and after me to arrange pass-offs” part was pretty daunting.
I mentioned my nervousness (and amazement over towns with a population of 94 people…how do they survive???) on both my personal and blog facebook pages, and basically, everyone let me know that I better do it even if I had to pitch a tent next to the road (I really don’t want to do that).
So, I’m running one leg, and Aaron is running the next one. We think we’ve figured out a system for transportation (even though it means that I will be running 10 miles by myself through a rural area that I am completely unfamiliar with), but at the very least, it will help out the One Fund Boston and provide us with some good Instagram material (if we get cell phone service…which really doesn’t ease my nerves about running alone…Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn’t based on a true story…right?). Plus, we get to take part in a movement much bigger than ourselves, and so far our fellow baton holders have been supportive and very enthusiastic about the cause.
Because these lovely Brits are organizing 3000 miles, 300 legs and a whole bunch of runners from different states from across the pond, I’m trying to do my best to bring awareness to the event, and if possible, even recruit some runners along the way!
States: see below
Financial obligation: $50 per leg (right now, 75% of those funds will go to the cause…they are working to find sponsors to cover the operational costs so that 100% of the funds will go to the One Fund Boston). I’ve done a little bit of research, and it appears that this group is a bunch of global do-gooders (as opposed to evil scammers who will take our money and buy a house in the Caribbean).
Legs: most are between 8-15 miles. They are asking for a 10 minute per mile average which I know isn’t the most leisurely pace (after taking the last month and a half off, I’m hoping I can keep that pace up for 10 miles!).
SO, it would be awesome if you could consider snagging a leg, or if you would like to come hang out in the middle of nowhere Northern New Mexico with us to make sure that I don’t get kidnapped since I have now advertised on the internet that I will be by myself and/or feed me snacks because restaurants are scarce in those parts. You can also make a donation to the effort via the website.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!