Let me start by saying that Cortney and I are NOT runners. Not. Runners.
The last time either of us ran for anything was in college to exercise. And the last time we were FORCED to run was in high school.
We don't run.
We also don't exercise. A MAJOR FAIL on our part. Both of us have gained weight: Cort since quitting smoking almost 3 years ago, and me since having Eddie and starting the Celexa I am on for my PPD.
We need to move, but we lack motivation.
Recently I found out a friend from high school, the amazingly strong and beautiful Lynette of the blog Life...And My Journey Through It, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not only was this a shock that someone my age, that I KNEW could have cancer, but I immediately started praying for her and her family. We have experienced the ugly face of cancer in our family and I am pretty sure we would do anything to wipe it off this earth forever.
When Lynette shaved her head before chemo, I cried for her and pledged to cut off mine for Locks of Love when it was long enough. I felt good about my decision, but it didn't feel like enough. I felt helpless for her. Stupid cancer was doing it again...making me feel helpless.
Yesterday, my awesome friend, Amy (also Eddie's daycare provider extraordinaire--seriously our life-saver some days) asked how I knew Lynette. I guess Amy went to elementary school with her. She mentioned that she and some people we both knew were going to run the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure on Team Bell (Lynette's team). She asked if I wanted to do it.
At first this was hilarious to me. Me? Run? Bwhahahahaha! Only if someone is CHASING ME!
Then I thought about it. I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to kick cancer in it's stupid teeth. I wanted to show Lynette I supported her. Yes. I said yes.
I told Cort about it and he said, "sign me up too!" What? Then my BFF, Tonya, and her hubs decided to come up from Chicago that weekend and do it too! I am so excited to do this!!! I can't wait to start training this week!
This is going to be a HUGE challenge for me--the perpetual couch potato. I mean, you don't write a million blog posts and tweets by moving away from your computer. But I am going to do this. I am going to do this for Lynette and for all the other people who have had to have this bee-och called cancer in their lives no matter what form.
*if you would like to make a pledge you can visit the Team Bell page and make a pledge under my name or Cortney's name (or anyone else's name...or to the team as a whole...whatever you want). You can also sign up to run too!