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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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