Thanks for Stopping By!
If you didn't know it by now...I'm a runner!
In an effort to push myself to stick with my training through the summer months, I signed up for the Philly 10k - a 6.2 mile tour of some of Philly's greatest neighborhoods! Oh, and it's in August! Talk about getting out of your comfort zone.
After purchasing my bib for the race, I learned that there were fundraising opportunities available to help out some local charitable organizations.
Have you heard about Back on My Feet? They are a pretty awesome organization that recruits members from local homeless shelters and residential facilities. Running is a great metaphor for life and the BOMG program demonstrates that with commitment, dedication, discipline, and one foot in front of the other, individuals can achieve great things.
Members start with a commitment to run 3 days per week for 30 days. When they achieve that goal, they earn access to the next phase of the program which includes tools to help them work towards independence (think literacy classes, job skills training, and assistance obtaining employment and housing). BOMF is life-changing and life-affirming for its members.
I have always wanted to volunteer with BOMF but my work schedule isn't really conducive to their 5AM city runs. Nonetheless, I firmly believe in their mission. I recently accepted an NP position with Project H.O.P.E. in Camden - a healthcare clinic that provides primary and mental health care for homeless individuals. For many individuals, running IS health care as it provides a way to cope with mental illness, lose weight, manage chronic pain, and prevent lifestyle-related diseases. When I start my new job, I just might be able to make those 5AM runs before hopping on the bridge to Camden!
In my first year of running, I have experienced some phenomenal changes with regard to my own health. I have lost 50 lbs, dropped 5 pants sizes, decreased my resting heart rate, tapered off of an antidepressant after 16 years to successfully manage my anxiety/depression without medication, and improved my cardiovascular endurance such that I no longer require an Advair inhaler to treat my asthma.
I have received such kind words of support from my friends, family, and the Philly fitness community. I would be so grateful if you would consider making a donation to my Philly 10k fundraiser to benefit BOMF. No contribution is too small!
Since I've already paid for my race bib, any money I raise will not have to go towards covering races fees! I'll be posting training updates and race day highlights to my Facebook and Instagram accounts so that you can follow along!