More Than a T-Shirt

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you’ll notice that I’ve been running more frequently lately, and running longer distances. This is all because I am crazy, you see.

Last year I ran the Dallas Half Marathon, and I was kind of content to be proud of my accomplishment and let that activity collect dust…much like the finisher’s medal has been…given that I hadn’t run AT ALL over winter because it was cold. Well, cold for Texas, and being from Texas I naturally believe that cold weather is a curse of The Fall.

Then I saw my cousin one day and she asked how my running had been going, and then she said that she and one of our friends were planning on running The Half this year. So, of course that means I’m running it again, too. If that logic doesn’t make sense to you, remember I’m crazy. But I felt that I should put my insanity to good use this year and try to get more than this T-Shirt out of it.

That’s why I’ve decided to fund raise for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in conjunction with running the race.

TSRHC’s mission is to improve the lives of Texas children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

I wish I had some inspiring Scripture that sparked the desire to do this, or some compelling reason that would stir your heart to donate to this cause. The truth is, I don’t know that I do. What I know is that my feet have high arches, and that prevented me from being in the military like I wanted to be all through high school. Yes, God absolutely redeemed that inability and I’m grateful for it and for where I am now. But I remember how much that crushed me as an eighteen year old, and I didn’t and don’t have a fraction of the problems that some of the TSRHC kids have. So, that’s why I’m doing this, because if I can help kids who have problems with movement, functionality, or mobility then I want to do what I can.

Like I said, I don’t have any spiritual insight into this, a compelling story to reach your imagination, or even pictures of TSRHC kids to trigger your emotions. Honestly, I’m kind of glad I don’t. But I’m asking you to pray about donating to this cause. As far as I know, I don’t get anything out of it. I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere, but some races refund the entry fee if a runner raises a certain amount of money, and if this race does that then I’ll give that away, too.

So again, think and pray about donating.

The race is December 8th, and it’s 13.1 miles, but my Nike+ app said that including the tangents it was 14.1 miles last year…so, there’s that. If you want more information about TSRHC or to help me raise funds through giving, you can do that on my Dallas Marathon Donation page.

If you’re donating and have Nike+ and are interested in keeping track of my training, then you can do that on the Nike+ website.

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