The Compassionate marathon runner? T-88 days…

29 Jun

About a year and a half ago, i came up with this crazy idea that it would be really cool to run a marathon. I’m not sure what i was thinking; as a long-time asthma sufferer, i sometimes can’t even walk up a flight of stairs on a humid day without gasping for air. Endurance is a concept that is as foreign to me as bacon cheeseburgers. (yuck!) But for some reason, the idea has stuck, and months later, i still have the desire to be able to say “Ya, i ran a marathon, no biggie.” As luck would have it, a week or two ago, PETA sent out a call for all runners to sign up to their PETA Pack, an international team of runners competing in half marathons in the fall of 2011 throughout the world. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to set out on accomplishing my goal, seeing as i should probably start with running a half marathon before tackling the mother of all races. As part of PETA Pack, I can now run with a purpose, for a cause greater than just patting myself on the back at the finish line… though i will pat myself on the back at the end, i can assure you! I felt the opportunity was perfect, so i signed up to run the Montreal Oasis half marathon on September 25th, as part of the PETA Pack. PETA will set me up with a complete training schedule, a t-shirt, and a fundraising page, and i can train and raise money for an awesome cause!

This whole half marathon idea scares the living daylights out of me. I have a feeling this undertaking will push me to some scary limits, both mentally and physically, seeing as i have never really been a runner. But there’s no time like the present to push your limits, right? I’ve decided, as a newbie half-marathon runner, to document my weekly progress and training here, so i can share my accomplishments, my failures, my roadblocks and awkward first-timer stories for the next 13 weeks.

And what would a blog post be on this page without the mention of FOOD! I aim to fill my plate and the pages of this blog with awesome vegan recipes for energizing, delicious food to keep me going throughout my training.

If you’ve got some extra change lying around and would like to sponsor me in my efforts to end animal cruelty, you can do so here: http://www2.peta.org/site/TR/Events/PETAsOnlineCommunity?px=2909955&pg=personal&fr_id=1081

If you are a runner and are looking for a friend in the Montreal area to run with you, let me know!

Wish me luck, everyone! Training starts Friday!

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4 Responses to “The Compassionate marathon runner? T-88 days…”

  1. Roberta July 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Dear Sara!! I loved your blog!! I am from Brazil and I am finishing my studies in Southern Illinois. I am also running with Peta Pack, but I think I will run a 5K instead. I never ran before so this will also be a challenge for me. I have a tremendous passion for animals. I study conservation genetics, and I hope to do more for endangered as well abused animals in the future. For now, I will continue my support through donations and now through this fundraising organized by Peta. I am not a a strict vegetarian (I eat fish and chicken when I can find “free range” sometimes during the weekend). I don’t eat meet during the week, but I would like to become a complete vegetarian one day, maybe even vegan! 🙂 So, I am very excited that you will be posting some vegan recipes online. I will make sure to try to make some at home! Good luck with your training!! Best wishes,

    Roberta.

    • compassionateglutton July 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi Roberta! Thanks for stopping by, and thank you so much for the kind words! I hope you try my recipes, please let me know what you think! As first time runners, i agree with you that this experience is a little daunting, but the fact that we are running for a cause greater than ourselves will give us the motivation we need!

  2. Sabrina July 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    WOOOOO!!!

    • compassionateglutton July 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you Sab, i heart you too! Please block off September 25th so you can come cheer me on at the finish line!

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