Not sure if I always have been spontaneous, but lately, some of my best decisions have been spontaneous.  Just two months ago, I was on a call with our team for our LLS campaign.  We were brainstorming ideas on how we could raise a huge amount of money for LLS in just 10 weeks.  It was clear that we had a team that was passionate about this great cause and we had some great ideas that we ultimately used successfully in our campaign.  It was in that call that I said, “I would be willing to run for 24 Hours.”  It was dead silent.  Everyone on the call knew I wasn’t joking.  Finally, someone broke the silence and said, “That would be big.” Good, I thought. I want it to be big. The bigger it is, the more people we can help. I smiled and away we went.

As I sit on the eve of this event, I can tell you, IT IS BIG. Donations, calls, emails, tweets, interviews…it is all happening.  I am filled with excitement and I am ready to run.  I am ready to run for 24 hours.

I just finished my pre run “carb load” with my two ultra buddies, Ty Russell and Bill Hambrick, who will be running 50 miles of this in the middle of the night.  It was exactly what I needed.  While most of the world looks at me like I am nuts, these guys give me confidence and assurance that I will do this and HAVE FUN.

Sure there will be high energy times in the next 24 hours, as well as times of challenge and struggle. Running is the perfect metaphor for life. As I have been training for this event, I have often thought about what it will be like at certain times. How much struggle will there be. In the end, I have no idea. I will cover a 100 miles. Maybe a few more. There will be times of struggle without question.

But for me, the struggle won’t last for more than 24 hours. For a child, a spouse, a loved one with Leukemia or Lymphoma, their struggle is so much more than  I can imagine.  I WILL NOT COME CLOSE TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO ENDURE. Running for 24 hours to raise awareness and money is frankly pretty easy by comparison.

I wish you could feel the feeling inside of me right now. I can’t even try to explain it, but it is amazing. I get to run to try to help save lives. It is an honor and a blessing to me. LLS is going to find a cure for these diseases because of the generosity of people like you. Find a way to join me in the next 24 HOURS. The more money we raise, the more lives we save.  It’s that simple.

Thank you all for your support.

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