Sometimes I will get up before dawn and run only a mile. These mornings where I run a mile out in one direction and then walk back home, these mornings I am not running for speed gains or endurance, these mornings are about reinforcing the habit of getting up to run.
On days when I could easily make excuses to stay in bed another hour or I could get up but skip the run in favor of watching episodes of Gotham or Futurama all morning, I make this deal with myself: Just run one mile, no walking, finish it in 10 minutes or less and it “counts” for the day. Deciding that sometimes one mile is enough to “count” is how I went from drinking all night and sleeping all day to running half-marathons. It’s how I built the habit. It’s how I made it easy on myself to say yes to running. It’s hard to come up wth a reason not to do just one mile.
So today, I woke up, did my plank and considered how easy it would be to just skip the run. Then I put on my shoes and took the deal. One mile. It counts. It’s enough for today.
As a reminder, I am running the Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn half-marathon for a cause! (You think I’m doing this for my health?) Each day I’ve included this information and links in my post so that I might garner a few more donations to help St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to save a few more young lives. I have to admit, while I post this every day, donations are at a standstill. So even if you only have $1 to spare, every little bit helps and I hope you will throw a few dollars this way.
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As always, here is some information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are appreciated! Please donate to this wonderful cause here!
Donations make a difference
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.