Wednesday, April 3, 2013

12 Months of Giving :: Racing when you can't.

March's 12 Months of Giving goal was to give a Kiva gift.  I was lucky enough to end up giving two gifts.  After a final success, April's challenge has left me in a quandary.

First, the boot/injury is certainly putting a damper on that whole running thing.  I already had a race picked out for April (and paid for).  Ok, but I can't dwell on what I can't do.  I've been throwing around two options in my head.

  1. Switch up May's goal with April's goal.  I do have the Small Dreams 5k coming up in May, that I may or may not be able to run.  May's goal is to donate to a local shelter.  I think this could work; however something just doesn't jive with me when it comes to switching monthly challenges.
  2. Volunteer at a race.  Races always need volunteers to hand out water, etc.  Initially this seemed depressing to me, but I believe D is going to be out of town the weekend of the race. I don't want to wallow in my depression.  Plus, I still love running.  What a great way to get out and support those runners who can and are doing it.  Races are always so inspiring.
The more I think about it, the more I feel like I want to do both!  (UPDATE! I did decide to do both and I have some exciting news to share about it!)  I know my girl Alex is already going to be running in a {big} race for a cause in April.  If you don't or can't run, go give her a little support for helping find a cure for cancer.

How are you going to give back in April?


applesandglue said...

Yay that you're doing both! I think volunteering is a great way to be supportive of other runners... we definitely need those volunteers!

Alex Byer said...

Volunteering is definitely something I'm going to look into doing for next year's Boston Marathon! And thank you for the shout out :) Every little bit helps!

Claire Kiefer said...

Very impressive that you're doing both. I think switching it up would have been more than acceptable given that you are physically unable to run. But you're exceeding even your own expectations--so good!

Erin said...

I'm going to make it a point to volunteer at a race or two this summer. I think it would be a lot of fun, and a great way to support one of the many organizations that benefit from a race. Good idea!

I hope you're back to running soon. But pushing yourself too soon, and worsening the injury would suck big time. There are so many ways you can give back, and running can be a hobby for the rest of your life... as long as you don't over do it. My husband, who was always a bigger runner than me, had knee surgery a few years ago (after a running injury), and will most likely never run more than a 5k in the future. I don't want to sound bossy, but do take care of yourself, ok? I can tell how much running means to you! I wish you a speedy recovery :)


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