Tuesday, March 11, 2008

What Just Happened?

Maybe it was reading Keni’s account of her recent volunteer experience at a dog and cat rescue organization in Texas, or my incessant desire to get a dog (COUGH*with MM*COUGH), or maybe I was just in need of something to get me really excited about training again, but when Meg sent me an email this morning about running the marathon for PAWS Chicago, I nearly started doing cartwheels -- and I’m at work, and you know how I feel about work.

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.


Kendra said...

I heart doggies!!!!

This is great - $600 goes a long way toward saving a dog from the streets or from an abuse/neglect situation.

Lindy said...

WHAT?!?!?!?! M.F. CARA?!?!?!?!?! well i see it's for a good cause...you'll be one of those packs of people running that takes 5 minutes to pass-or get passed by-on the lakefront. Well if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? :)

Maybe you can start by rescuing the cat that seems to sit outside my window in the middle of the night over the past few nights.

L Sass said...

Yay for running for a cause!

I am too selfish for that (and, also, I fundraise for a living, so it gets old).

In conclusion. Yay, marathon 2008!

heidikins said...

Ooooh! Puppies!! Love it!


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hello? Fingerstrong?

Lindy said...

Oh yeah, count me in for $25. (CHA-CHING, let the tally begin.) I'll give it to ya once you start your official training, so point me in the right direction--website, check, whatever's clever, marathon mama!

Jaime said...

CARA? I am so very sad to hear about this. Lindy are you running with CES this summer? Meg are you?

You will be missed but I am sure we will pass each other like about a million times along the path.

Roisin said...

Congratulations! Once you're all set up, I will for sure be making a donation.