“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I’m running my first 10K in less than 10 days. The starting line of that race is the end of my comfort zone.

I’m injured right now. My legs have been swollen for the last two days, and even the few seconds that I ran to the bus yesterday were painful.

So I may not be running the 10K. But whether I run, walk or hobble/crawl 6.2 miles to the finish line, I’m doing it.

Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I could give up all hope of doing this 10K, sulk in my room (like I’ve been doing for the last few days instead of cross-training) and feel comfortable doing what I’ve always done, which is absolutely nothing. I could remain idle for fear of failing.

Or I could suck it up, put on my I Am Made Of Guts t-shirt and give this 10K the best damn shot I can.

Joining the DetermiNation team and pledging to raise money for the American Cancer Society as I train for my first half-marathon is another huge step out of my comfort zone. Honestly, I don’t make friends very easily — I’m more inclined to spend time by myself than be social — and I generally feel uncomfortable asking people to donate money. But I was tired of saying “no” to things and decided to say “yes” for once. I decided to see what was on the other side of my hesitation.

So here I am, on the edge of my comfort zone, demoralized by my injury and unsure if this is all worth it. It would mean the world to me to know that some of you guys have my back.

I’m going to get all crafty and make a sign to pin on the back of my Guts shirt as I run/walk/hobble the 10K on April 17: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” If anyone chooses to donate any amount – $5, $10, whatever – to my American Cancer Society fundraising efforts between now and April 16, I’d love to add their name or Tumblr name to that sign. You can visit this page to donate.

I don’t want any pity donations, but I’d love your genuine support. If you have my back, I’ll put you on my back, and I’ll crush 6.2 miles in whatever manner I’m capable of.

Even if you can’t or don’t want to donate, encouraging words are plenty welcome. Right now, anything helps.

So whaddaya say? Meet me at the end of your comfort zone. Let’s run/walk/hobble this one together.

Let’s make a deal!

To keep my first day of fundraising for the American Cancer Society going strong ($41 raised so far!), here’s what I propose…

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!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE, and please spread the word! Thanks!!

UPDATE: Mr. Ben Davis himself is the first person to throw down for this video – awesome, thank you! Click here to be all cool like Ben.

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!!