Tuesday, January 3, 2012

More on getting started

The Race
Rumor has it that the USA Rock N Roll Marathon is filling up fast--only 1,000 spots of 24,000 left. So if you're seriously considering signing up for this race, now would be the time to act. And remember, if you register by January 5th, you can use the code RESOLVE to get $15 off your registration fee.

Please keep in mind that you can participate with us in any race you choose to run, at any distance. If you are a beginner who gets winded on the long journey from the couch to the fridge, then your best bet is to start with a Couch to 5k program and choose a 5k race that is at least 10 weeks out. On the other hand, if you're a veteran runner and 10-time Boston qualifier who gets up to run Yassos at 4 a.m., then you can run any race you darn well please, and also, I kind of hate you.

But seriously. No matter where you are in your running journey, you can join us in running for their lives. If you haven't yet found a race that suits you in terms of distance, date and location, here are a few links that list upcoming races by area:

  1. Cool Running : Many of the road races in New England are listed here, though I found after we moved to Ohio that the site is light on the listings for midwestern states.
  2. Active.com : This site provides fairly comprehensive listing for most regions for races of all distances.
  3. Half Marathon Calendar: Here you'll find a listing of half marathons by date and state.
  4. When all else fails, Google it. If you search the web by just plugging in the distance (5k, 10k, half marathon, etc.) and name of your city or region, you'll be able to find many of the smaller events that the national sites above don't list.
Now, for those of you who have already nailed down your race and are fast approaching race day, (looking at you, Rebekah), I'm happy to report that we'll soon have a customized Run for their Lives webpage for tracking and making donations to Love146. Please know that by choosing to participate with us in this project, you are in no way obligated to donate or to solicit donations. But you will at least have that option, and we're working to make it as easy and seamless as possible with our very own Run for their Lives donation page. (Link to follow soon!)

The 146 Mile Challenge
Our team of runners on dailymile is up to 13 and growing! If you haven't yet committed to running 146 miles in support of Love146, there's still plenty of time. I created this challenge with the thought that it would be a great way to provide some purpose behind our training, to offer encouragement through connection, and to track our collective miles. There isn't a monetary component to this, no matching gift that springs forth when we each hit the 146 mile marker. If donations come in as a result of our efforts, fantastic. But that's not the driving force behind this particular challenge.

Coming Up
I promise I'm almost done bombarding you with details about how to get started. Going forward, the content here will likely be a bit less bullet-pointy and a little more tear-jerky. We're planning a series of posts (and guest posts, if I can effectively twist some arms) that will cover the issue of human trafficking in more depth. In addition, I hope to intersperse a bit of levity with a weekly post in the Average Jo's Guide to Running. Emphasis on average. Ahem.

So lace up, my friends. We've got a lot of ground to cover!

1 comment:

  1. So great to see you here in these new digs, Jo! I'll look forward to keeping up with your posts and figuring out how to link up my own meager running efforts to this terrific cause.

    Happy new year, my dear! xo