PROUD TO RUN BOSTON MARATHON FOR MY CHOSEN CHARITY!
Posted Nov 11 2012 7:09pm
As I posted last night, I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013! You are probably wondering how this decision came about?!
Since there is a qualifying procedure involved in getting into the Boston marathon, and you have to be a much faster runner than I am to qualify, I never really considered Boston as an option. Over the past several years though, it has become possible to get a bib number by running for a number of charities. You commit to raising a certain amount of money for the charity, and you get entrance into the race through that charity. I know there is always a lot of controversy about whether people who didn't qualify to run Boston, SHOULD run it.....and about how it might take a spot away from a really "serious" runner. I became a little intrigued by the idea of maybe one day running Boston with a charity, but I also wondered if it was the right thing to do, mainly because of some nasty comments from some "serious" runners!! A couple of years ago I was thinking of doing Boston with THITW and then decided not to, for many reasons, but none of them related to the controversy. After talking to my dear friend Mary McManus whom had run Boston in 2009 for charity, and my friend Johnny Mason, himself a runner who had been trying to qualify for some time to run it himself (he finally DID qualify and ran it this year!), I decided that running for a charity was something to be proud of.....not embarrassed about! My decision to not run, was more because of training (or lack of) issues.
So, what made me decide to do Boston this year? It's not like I had this burning desire to run on Heartbreak Hill! This decision was made strictly by listening to my heart, and NOT my head!!
As some of you already know, I have been out of work for a few weeks, and even though I only worked part-time, I was really bummed about the situation. Then, 2 days ago, Ray was laid off from his job at the Hartford! Okay, Pam.....BREATHE! Ray, although not happy about the situation, has a wonderful attitude. He keeps telling me that we will be okay.....it's just another of those "little storms" that we have to get through.....TOGETHER!
So, WHAT to do with my time? I could go out and look for another job,but Ray said to take my time and just figure out what I want to do. That could take awhile, since I'm not really qualified to do too much!
As anyone who knows me, already knows, I think that the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is one of the most amazing places on earth and I have run several NYC marathons, as well as a couple of half-marathons, while fundraising for Camp. So, what better way to spend my time and energy than training for and running the Boston Marathon with THITW?? I will have plenty of time to REALLY train for the marathon, as well as putting together some AWESOME fundraising events! I want this to be a HUGE fundraising effort! I totally wish that there was no need for a Camp for kids with cancer, sickle cell anemia, blood disorders, and all of these other things that prevent these kids from going to a regular camp....but as long as there is a need, I want to do my best to support this amazing Camp! For any of you who aren't familiar with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (started by actor Paul Newman).....you can learn more by watching the video. After watching, I think you'll understand my passion for this place!