On Saturday the Disney Dopey Challenge Training Schedule called for 13 miles. I had three groups of friends who were running different distances at different times, I wish I could’ve run with all of them, but my time was limited that day. So I chose the group that was meeting at 5am. Ugh. 3:45 alarm. Ugh. I told them that the same roads are out there at 7 am, but they didn’t care. And I had no choice anyway, as I needed to be somewhere by 8am. 13 windy, chilly miles done with some buds.
On Sunday, the sched called for cross training. I went to yoga, which I’m so glad that I did. Afterwards, I went and met some friends who were helping another friend finish a run.
Here’s the lowdown. My bud’s dad committed suicide several years ago around this time of year. So he does several events to get the word out about fighting depression. One of the things is an unofficial 30 mile run. He does this with little to no run training. He want’s it to be a challenge that he proves he can overcome, just like he believes others can overcome their own challenges.
A handful of people run the entire way with him. The majority of us join him for short stretches of the run. For the past two years, I’ve joined for the final 3ish miles. And I’m glad to say that he once again made it the entire 30 miles!
He’s also working to start a non profit foundation. He set up a donation page for the past weekend’s 30 miler. You can donate here: http://bswarms.com/swarm274
How bout you? Ever run at any crazy times because you have no other option? Have you ever gone a run for no other reason than for a good cause?