I’ve been neglecting my other blog in favor of Tumblr, with its shiny, constantly changing dashboard, but tonight I posted on it… and it was stuff about running.
I actually went back through that blog and found the first time I mentioned Ben and embedded his 120-pound weight loss video. In that post, I wrote about how, in a weird way, he inspired me to buy a DSLR camera and start pursuing photography.
He inspired me to start taking my dreams seriously.
Whoa. Forgot about that part.
So, the reason I even had that big ‘ol camera at the Do Life: Seattle meetup was because of Ben. Sheesh. Go figure.
WE DID IT! Day 1 of American Cancer Society fundraising went fabulously, and I’ll put together a video of Do Life: Seattle outtakes this weekend! It’ll be up on Tumblr by Monday, April 4, for your enjoyment.
We raised a total of $111 today – MORE than my goal! Thank you so much to Aaron Pass, Ben Davis, Becks, Rob, "An admiring tumblr follower" and “Some dude living in VA who loves WA.”
In addition, thanks to everyone who sent encouragement to my Ask box today – your kindness blew me away. You’ve all helped give me the confidence I need to meet my ultimate fundraising goal and, oh yeah, run 13.1 miles!
I tackled 4 miles in 42-ish minutes tonight. Big sweaty times on the treadmill while watching ‘Sex and the City’ with no audio and no subtitles. Innnteresting!
Hi Melissa – thank you so much! I’m totally with you on feeling nervous about fundraising. In fact, I registered for my half marathon several months ago and specifically opted out of fundraising at the time. Then I thought about it some more and realized that nothing bad could come of making this commitment. I might not reach my fundraising goal, but at least I’ll have tried, done some good and made some new friends along the way.
Here’s the strange part: I signed up for DetermiNation and pledged my fundraising goal this last Friday. On Saturday, I learned that someone I know has been diagnosed with a type of stage four cancer. (I don’t know a lot about cancer, but I know that stage four is bad.)
I’m still a little nervous about raising the money, but right now, I’d feel a lot more uncomfortable if I did nothing. So many things are much scarier than asking people to throw down for a good cause!
Of course, feel free to donate even more to help me reach my ultimate $1,250 goal! You know people who take pictures of themselves in mirrors with DSLR cameras and then flip them in Lightroom so you can read the shirt need serious help…
I’m totally listening to this on repeat to get pumped up for my run tonight.
True Life: Once, I had a lot of nervous energy before a bunch of people were due to come over to my house, so I blasted this song and danced around my room like a psycho. Aaron was there, and he may never recover from the sight.
I have extra footage of the Do Life: Seattle meetup that didn’t make it into this video. Some of the clips are pretty funny – “outtakes,” if you will – and include fun moments starring Ben, Pa and other Do Lifers.
I’d like to round out the fundraising total to at least $100 today, so if we can hit that by midnight Pacific time, I’ll put together a fun “outtakes” video this weekend and have it posted on Tumblr by Monday, April 4.
That’s only $59 that needs to be donated here by midnight tonight! If you’d like me to make a fun "outtakes" video, just throw in a few bucks here and rally a bunch of Tumblr buddies to do the same. It’s for a great cause and it’ll give me an extra mental boost going into my intimidating first DetermiNation half marathon training run this weekend!
UPDATE #2: This is only Day 1 of fundraising, and I’ve got a goal of $1,250! I’ll be considering Tumblr challenges (like pushups or whatever – I’m a weakling) in exchange for donations – just submit your challenge/amount you’re willing to donate to my Ask box! Let’s make this reeeeeally fun!!
Hi Abel! You’re welcome – I’m very excited to rock the GUTS t-shirt. I’m actually taking a break from 5Ks and moving on up… doing my first 10K in April, my first 15K in May (on my 24th birthday!) and my first half marathon in June!
I just pledged to raise more than $1,000 for the American Cancer Society as I train for the half marathon, so I may need some tips on fundraising from you, the master. I’d be happy to take on some Tumblr challenges, like your epic Thin Mint challenge, in exchange for donations, but my only offer so far is a bit iffy…
aaronpass: “Go to the zoo and ride a kangaroo. Twenty bucks. Final offer.”