In two weeks I'll be running my first (and I think last) marathon at the Oakland Marathon, March 24th.
Over the last few months not once have I felt this so called 'Runner's High', but I've become well aquainted with 'Runner's Purgatory'. It goes kinda like this "You're great, keep going. This sucks, I'm going to walk. You can't, you're doing great, keep going. But this sucks, I going to walk. But you can't, you're doing great. Ugh, fine I'll keep running." For 120 minutes.
Anyways, ran a solid 18 miler yesterday and feeling good about the race. And now I come to you, my friends and extended network, to help me give these 26.2 miles some meaning and value.
I'll be running to help fund the work of my incredible cousin Rosie and her organization RV United. Rosie has been in South Africa for four years working in the settlement of Khayelitsha (KAY-lee-cha), outside of Cape Town, where she's been able to build an organization that leverages the power of sport to help young women in a place where help is rarely available. I've had the honor of sharing meals, dances, and long sweaty van rides with the RV United counsellers in Khayelitsha, seen the impact of her and the organization's work, and cheered on their flagship women's soccer team.
Here's a bit from Rosie herself:
"Pursuing my passion to use sport to make the world a better place, I found my opportunity in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Khayelitsha, a black settlement of over a million people created by the apartheid forced expulsion of people of colour, is a vibrant but poverty stricken community. In Khayelitsha women and girls are disproportionately affected by racial prejudice, gender bias, and poverty. Girls here were never given the chance to play soccer. Knowing first hand how transformative sport can be to the development of healthy and strong young women lead me to help create Resilient and Victorious United Women's Football Club (RV United)."
Most anyone who knows me knows Rosie and her generosity; I'm hoping to play my part in enabling that generosity. She's got more love to give than anyone I know, but the reason I'm fundraising for her? Because she gets shit done with her love. She embodies the ethos in our family, that Love is Work. It doesn't mean a thing if its not in action.
Help me to help RV United. I promise you the funds are going to a place where they will go far and to person who knows how to make them count.
Now this being a long run and all, please consider sponsoring RV United on a per mile basis:
$1 per mile = $26 donation
$2 per mile = $52 donation
$3 per mile = $78 donation
$4 per mile = $104 donation
If the whole per mile thing is too cute for you, any donation of any amount is accepted and greatly appreciated.
If you're unable to make a monetary commitment, you can still help out by sharing this page with anyone in your network that is a soccer fan or interested in women's focused charities or loves giving money to people they've never heard of for moving their legs over long distances.
Over these last two weeks I'll post some photos of my training and of course, update everybody with my time and photos from race day.
Please check out the RV United website for heaps of more details, great photos, stories, ways you can help, and press about the team's matches: https://www.rvunited.org
Thank you for reading all that, for your consideration sponsoring my marathon and for your support of RV United.