Focus. I really need to focus. This thought has been on my mind for a while. FOCUS. On what though?? Ahh.... that WAS the question. I have been debating with the Crew about scrapping all other races/events and chasing down a marathon PR. The time is right. New PR's in the 5k and 10k, completing a 50 miler (PR by default) and a few breakthrough 20 mile long runs have me feeling like THIS was my time, my big shot, the Golden Opportunity. Oh yeah, it's MY time. All I have to do is FOCUS.
So, I was doing all this focusing (on ME) while watching football last Sunday and I noticed all the PINK on the field. I thought it was a really cool thing for the NFL to do for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Well it didn't take long.....KABLAAAAMMMM!!!!!! The VOICES started talking, chanting and calling me out and as usual they were right. Self-centered......
It became crystal clear then and I wonder HOW it could have ever been so cloudy in my little brain. It was not that I needed to focus but rather RE-FOCUS. Refocus on something that is truly important to ALL of us, not just ME,ME, ME. Nothing like an "ah-ha" moment coming during a football game.
Here is what the VOICES came up with- Because it is NBCAM, and I do happen to own some pink clothing, and there is a great 50k Trail Race coming up...... do you see what's coming? Yep. It's Pink Tutu time.
On October 31, we will attempt to Turn The Trail Pink at the Dogwood Canyon 50k. Creek crossings and muddy trails in a pink tutu, should blend right in...... Trust me, I have zero desire to become known as "the pink tutu guy" but sometimes we do what is necessary for the greater good. This time the greater good is the FIGHT. In order to raise money for the FIGHT and show support for Breast Cancer Awareness, I am asking for donations in the amount of $10. For each $10 donation a ribbon will be attached to the tutu. The ribbons will be personalized with the name of someone you know that has been touched by breast cancer.
That is the ideal scenario but, as always, a donation is not required and any name received will be honored. Of course I have to ask because it is important but I do understand that money can be tight at times and it is fine if you can't donate. You can still participate.
If you wish to support this big/dumb stunt please click on the Relay for Life button on the right or the tab on my FB profile page. You can also send a check or cash to;
HC 72 Box 324-8
Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. Contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to send names.
OF COURSE you can absolutely donate more (or less) if you want. I am happy to count pennies. Share this with others that may want to help, ask your employer about matching contributions and pass the hat at happy hour.
This is how it works-
I love to run but there are times when I would rather not. This is when the voices start. Chants, name calling, guilt and reverse psychology is how they get me up and out the door. I don't really mind the voices and have actually started looking forward to their daily calls. Together we have formed a running club that supports, encourages and competes with each other. I love these peeps. They are much more experienced, talented and tougher than I am. Pushing me out the door, through the hard miles and up the monster hills when I am feeling lazy or want to give up. Some people have "real" training partners, coaches and support crews. My team is ALWAYS with me and helps me to keep my eye on the prize and not veer off the track. Sounds crazy- Yeah, probably is.........