In just 5 days, I will be running my 10th marathon with my friend Meghan. This one is going to be pretty special – not just because I have 5 friends doing the marathon relay right besides us. Not just because it will be the second marathon Meg and I have run together. And not just because my husband and two great friends will be there to cheer us on. This one is special because I will be running 26 one-mile loops. Yep, you heard that right.
It’s in a park. And there is a one mile loop around the park. Me, Meg and 103 other marathoners will be running around that circle 26 times. To say it will be a mental challenge is an understatement. A marathon is hard enough. The distance, the stress on your body, the pain are just half the battle. At least for me, the distance is as mentally as challenging as it is on my legs. And without new scenery. New crowds. New pavement to run…this one could be really hard. (Conversely, it could be amazing! We get to see our cheer squad every single mile. We don’t need to wear a fuel belt. I have access to water, gels, chapstick every time around. So who knows, maybe we will love it.)
But in an effort to prepare for the worst, Meg and I are seeking your help. We want to crowd-source inspiration. We have 26 miles together which means each lap, we want YOU to plan a singular topic for us to discuss at length. Now let me preface, Meg and I don’t lack for words. We have run 9+ hours together in the woods and never had silence. We run 3x a week together and always have things to talk about. So this isn’t about boredom – this is about things that will help keep those miles moving for us. Entertain us. Motivate us.
Here is what we are looking for:
You donate $30 – you get to choose the topic of discussion and thought for one of our miles. The donation part is to support my Woman of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Every dollar goes to support blood cancers – so you are doing good for not just kids with cancer, but also for Meg and I! You are making our marathon not just another long race, but one that is doing good for others. And you’ll entertain us as we go! When you go to the site to donate, be sure to put in the comment section what you want our mile to be dedicated to:
Maybe it’s a thought provoking question? (Ex: If you were going to time travel, would you go future or past?)
Or a “would you rather” question? (Ex: Would you rather have crab claws for hands or duck flippers for feet?)
Maybe it’s nostalgic: (Ex: Discuss your favorite childhood memory)
Maybe it’s inspirational: (Ex: Who is the one person you would dedicate crossing this finish line for today?)
Get it? We want creative. Fun. Motivating.
What you’ll get:
We will take the first 26 donations. We will then post all the ideas we get on this blog. And after the race, we’ll recap our answers, discussion points, etc. This is going to make for a good story and you get to be a part of it!
Donating to a good cause + helping Meg and I find inspiration and excitement during our marathon = you being awesome. It’s that simple. Let me know if you have any questions by commenting on this blog. We really appreciate your help and can’t wait to hear what you come up with!