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Faith in The Runner

Posted Jun 10 2013 12:08pm
I was speaking with someone yesterday about the NYC Marathon and my fundraising for Camp and during the conversation I mentioned that I had to get out for my training run. I said that the running is the difficult part of the equation for me-- that the fundraising comes much easier. The person I was speaking with said that usually people say it's the opposite! So, I kept thinking about that all afternoon.....wondering exactly WHY that is true for me. Despite the work involved with the fundraising, WHY do I find it so much easier than the running? The answer? Because I BELIEVE in the cause! I believe wholeheartedly in everything The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp stands for! Below is from the HITWGC website and it explains so much!

Our PurposeThe Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It’s a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood where every kid can “raise a little hell.”
Our GoalTo ensure that every child with a serious medical condition has the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. Through the generosity of others, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp community provides this unique healing experience to kids in need and their families, including those who may not be able to come to Camp.
Our FounderThe Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind, that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp.
Paul Newman, while a successful actor, was also a visionary with the heart of a child. His personality, playfulness and mischievousness are infused within every corner of Camp, from the pirate flag he raised on the tree house to the days he spent on the lake fishing with campers. 
With unobtrusive expert medical care, it was Paul’s dream that Camp would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance. Our Core ValuesOur core values are the principles that guide both strategic decisions and daily behavior rooted in the philosophy and vision of Camp’s founder.
  • Safety
    The care of children with serious illnesses is both a serious responsibility and a serious privilege. Physical and emotional safety is paramount in all we do.
  • Camaraderie
    We create a community that fosters friendship, inclusivity, a little bit of mischief and a whole lot of laughter.
  • Possibility
    All aspects of our community are designed to allow every individual inspired by Camp to believe that the impossible can be possible.
  • Appreciation                                                                                                       We recognize the generosity and gratitude of others and intend to exemplify that in all our decisions and actions. We remain grateful for the original dream of our founder to pair good fortune with misfortune and we cherish the friendships we have with all inspired by Camp.

  • Pretty easy to believe in a Cause like this, huh?So....about the running....I guess sometimes I don't BELIEVE strongly enough in the running....or at least in the runner! I have faith that I am fundraising for an excellent cause, but I don't have the same faith in myself as a runner.....OMG....that's IT!! The running IS a part of the equation in this endeavor, so I need to find the same faith in the runner that I have in the Cause!! I sometimes get down on myself because I am not fast enough, young enough, or because I don't LOOK like a runner, and I let that put a damper on the joy that I should be feeling while running! Did I not just read the "Possibility" section above? Does it not say, "BELIEVE that the impossible can be possible?" So....even though I sometimes wonder if I have another marathon in me, what with the arthritis in the knee and back acting up so often, I should just have faith that with the proper training, stretching, weight loss, etc...that this can be my BEST MARATHON EVER! By "Best Marathon"..I don't necessarily mean fastest, I just mean "most successful" terms of feeling that I am living up to my full potential (whether it be a 4:30 marathon or a 6:30 marathon) and feel proud of myself when I cross that finish line!!

    No more doubting the runner! I have committed to doing this marathon and I have to do everything that I can to make it my most FUN marathon ever!So, I'm not going to promise that I will head out the door for each and every run, feeling giddy and chomping at the bit to get on the road....but I DO promise to really work on my attitude and to work really hard at regaining the faith in myself as a runner!!I'VE GOT THIS!!!!! 
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