So after about three seconds of “Ohmigod, I totally want to do this!!!” IMs flying back and forth between Meg and me, I signed up. And just like that, I’m running for a charity this year.
From the PAWS Chicago Web site:
PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the city's largest no-kill humane organization. Our work is focused on alleviating our city's tragic pet overpopulation problem--19,701 dogs and cats were euthanized in Chicago in 2006. PAWS Chicago envisions a no-kill Chicago--a city in which pets are not destroyed just because they are homeless.Read more about what they do.
There are plenty of worthy causes that have marathon teams -- children’s charities, hospitals, various cancer charities, AIDS, and other devastating diseases, charities that help military families. But while I’ve considered Girls on the Run (which I think is a fantastic organization) as well as the Respiratory Health Association (being that I am a former smoker), PAWS, for whatever reason, just felt right. I mean, people, they let you run with the dogs! And that means… PUPPIES (just BTW, I refer to all dogs as “puppies”). ‘Nuf said.
The fundraising commitment is only $600, which I think is very reasonable, and I’m hoping that some of my blog readers will help me reach that goal. Also, I will be switching training programs, leaving my beloved Chicago Endurance Sports, and moving to the Chicago Area Runners Association.
My hope is that this new challenge will renew my attitude toward running and training, and that my apathy as of late will become enthusiasm and energy for what I believe will be a truly exciting opportunity to learn about and get with involved with a worthy cause. I have no doubt that it will be heartbreaking at times and will probably result in my adoption of dog, but whatever… I’ll (COUGH*we’ll*COUGH) cross that bridge if (COUGH*when*COUGH) we come to it.