No matter who you are, training for a marathon is a serious undertaking. It requires months of preparation and hours of training. We sacrifice nights out with our friends and time with our families so that we can get those miles in before and after work. Instead of sleeping in and relaxing on weekends, we’re up early to run for several hours before getting to the rest of our day. If we’re lucky we’ll get a nap later. If not? We just sleep really, really well that night, only to repeat the whole thing all over again the next day.
For a lot of people, this much work requires a higher calling or a cause outside themselves to stay motivated and focused, so they run in the name of charities. Perhaps a runner or someone she loves has been affected by a significant disease or disability, or maybe she just feels passionate about the cause and wants to do something to help. For these runners, who solicit the support of their friends, family, co-workers and in some cases complete strangers, running the marathon isn’t just about reaching an athletic goal that they’ve been working towards for months, it’s about fulfilling an unspoken contract with their supporters. Read more >>