I’m running a half marathon tomorrow. In days of old, this wouldn’t be a big deal but since my “retirement”, I’m sort of freaking out. I have spent more time on the couch than on my feet in the last few months. I’ve been trying to sleep more and study more and stay calm to reduce my symptoms of hypo-thyroid. Nevertheless, I’m getting up tomorrow and running 13.1 miles along the Delaware seashore.
Why not just quit, DNS, and eat ice cream on the couch? This is why:
This magical place called The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp makes a difference in the lives of so many children. It has been a few years since I have put on the Camp Circle rainbow colors and put my feet to pavement (or my cycle wheels to ground) for them and I knew I had to go back to the TEAM. You see, camp is no ordinary place. Like I said before, it is a magical place where kids get to “raise a little hell” and be themselves for a week. They can put cancer and other life-threatening illnesses aside to climb to the top of the treehouse or zip line down from the tower.
Many friends and family members have given of their blessings to help support camp and me as I take on another running adventure. My end of the bargain tomorrow, running in Rehoboth, might be a little painful and might take a little longer than usual, but I will cross that finish line. With each step, I will hold the campers, their families, their counselors, and the whole HITWG team in my thoughts. Their battles and their work are so much bigger and more important than running a race and I’m glad to honor them by doing so.
I offer great thanks to all of my supporters this year and thanks to Team Hole in the Wall for allowing me into their fray once again.