(This is a camera, and a very good one. More about that later.)
I know I ask a lot of you. Please send me your breads for YeastSpotting. Please weigh your ingredients. Please love baking as much as I do.
Now I have a particularly cheeky thing to ask: Please give me your money. Before you scroll on down to the next post in your feed reader, hear me out! (Psst! camera, camera…)
On October 18, 2009 I will walk 26.2 miles in the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. I have never done anything like this before.
I know why I’m doing it: to push myself; to step outside my box; to challenge my heart, my lungs, my feet, my will; to keep all the bread I eat from getting the better of my health; to raise money for a great cause.
But frankly, I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to do it. I am not what you would call an endurance walker — yet. This is where Team in Training comes in. They have assured me that if I do my part, they will train me to go the distance. They will teach me, coach me, support me — so I will be able to walk the 26 miles.
But I do have to do my part: I have to show up at twice-weekly training sessions and walk increasingly long distances with my coaches and other team members. On most other days, I have to walk and do core strength or weight training on my own. And I have to raise at least $2500.
Say what? $2500? If you haven’t heard of it, Team in Training is an organization that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by training people like me who are not athletes to participate in endurance events in return for us raising fairly large chunks of change. The money we raise goes to LLS to fund research towards finding a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.
If supporting cancer research is not reason enough, consider some other reasons to help me out here:
- You love me. (I can dream, can’t I?)
- You like me.
- You can’t stand me and relish the thought of all those blisters on my feet.
- You want a chance at winning this camera.