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.........

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wearing Pink With Honor

You do not have to be very smart to write a blog. I am proof off that fact. Some of the VOICES think they are on a level with Crick and Watson but WE all know they are quite a bit lower on the IQ scale. Fortunately, I know some smart people and they are always quick to help and make suggestions when needed. Because I tend to be a little impulsive and don't always put a lot of thought into details, things seem to change as I go. This is one of those times.

Turn The Trail Pink is still happening but with a few changes. Here are the new, and hopefully improved, details.

On October 31, 2010 we will attempt to Turn The Trail Pink at the Dogwood Canyon 50k. I will run the course wearing a pink tutu in support of breast cancer awareness. I am still asking (begging) for donations in the amount of $10. For each $10 donation a ribbon will be personalized and attached to the tutu. ALL of the money will go to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life.

After reflecting on the reasons why I got involved in the FIGHT, I decided it would be better to honor all people touched with ANY form of cancer. For those that do not know my reasons, I'll explain briefly. In December of 2009, my dad was diagnosed and underwent major surgery. A few months later, in March, my mom was hit with cancer and also had major surgery. Both of my parents are recuperating and both have VERY recently had emergency surgeries due to complications of the prior ones. It has been a life changing year for all of us but they are WARRIORS and that motivates me to do what I can to honor not only them but EVERYONE that has dealt with the BEAST that is cancer.

So, with that said, Turn The Trail Pink is still about breast cancer awareness but also includes a way to honor all those touched by any type of cancer. All donations are gladly accepted but to show support for breast cancer awareness, EVERY ribbon will be pink. This is a great opportunity to support an important and worthwhile cause, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month while still honoring ALL.

The donations are the ideal scenario but, as always, a donation is not required and any name received will be honored. I feel it is necessary to ask because it is so important but I understand that money can be tight at times and it is fine if you can't donate. You can still participate. DO NOT let finances keep you away from this. There are other ways to help and support the FIGHT. I urge you to get involved with this event and others like it. We all have something to offer.

If you do choose to donate, 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;

David Murphy
HC 72 Box 324-8
Wasola, MO

Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. Contact me by email at for questions or to send names. Remember to ask your employer about matching contributions. Tell your friends at the local watering hole (guys, don't wear pink when you do) and see if they will help. Share this blog with others and spread the word. TOGETHER we can make it happen.

Thanks to those that have already supported this and my past Big/Dumb stunts, without you NOTHING happens.

‎~There's only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that's if we quit.~

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