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.........

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Not So Pretty In Pink....

On October 19, 2014 we will attempt to Turn The Trail Pink at the Dogwood Canyon 50k. I will run the course while wearing a pink tutu in the spirit of breast cancer awareness. I am asking (begging) for donations in the amount of $5. For each $5 donation a ribbon will be personalized with the name of individuals that have been touched by cancer and attached to the tutu. ALL of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life. 

This will mark the 5th year in a row that I have lined up to run this event in the tutu and it is never gets easy to wear it in front of a large crowd but it is ALWAYS worth it in the end.
When I first ran in the pink tutu back in 2010, the original idea was to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It still is but 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 and raise money to help eliminate this terrible disease All donations are gladly accepted and to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EVERY ribbon will be pink. All donations will benefit the Relay For Life. 

The Dogwood Canyon 50k is probably my all time favorite event. It is incredibly difficult with an insane amount of steep hills to climb throughout the 31 mile course, several creek crossings and an amazing support staff that makes it a top notch event each year. The crazy thing about this race is that I ALWAYS forget how freaking hard it really is and find myself surprised during the race. Always. You would think something like that would be simple to remember. "Dogwood Canyon is a tough course" somehow becomes "Dogwood Canyon? Yeah, that's a fun one. Let's do it again". I'm pretty sure that there are several Dogwood veterans that would agree. My training is less than it has been in the past so I expect the finishing time to be somewhere in the "ridiculously slow" range but whatever..... To say that I'm 100% would be a lie but to sit out because of that would be an excuse. The plan will be to run, smile, drink water and make a difference. With your support- this is a very achievable goal. 

Of course, like always, any name received will be honored regardless of donation.  If you cannot afford to make a donation at this time you can still participate by sending the names of those to honor. 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, others like it and do what you can to help. We all have something to offer.

If you do choose to donate, you can do so by one of the following options.....
Through my Relay for Life page-

Via Pay Pal
 Or send a check or cash to;
David Murphy
212 Murphy Lane
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 and see if they will help. Share this blog with others and spread the word. TOGETHER we can make it happen.

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