Get this. Not only have I been running for a few months now, but I'm training for my first half-marathon!
Yes. In case you don't know me, that last sentence is absurd because I don't run. Like ever. If Michael Myers himself were chasing me, I'd still walk at a brisk pace. Running is for people who need to work on patience. Or people that need a bathroom. It's not for people like me. Well, except it is now it is.
I don't know how it happened but somewhere in this super stressful few months, I found refuge in hitting the pavement. No music, just the sounds of my breath and my feet against the earth are all I need. It's like therapy. For everyone I've ever wanted to punch in the ear, I run for you. So I don't punch you in the ear.
On the downside of all this extremely strange behavior, I have no proper running gear. Imagine running in a blizzard or a torrential downpour with a huge hooded sweatshirt, too big sweat pants and shoes that give you blisters. I've done that. Almost daily. I've taken care of the shoes part, but the rest will have to wait. Even the hubs has joined me in my quest to torture myself for 13.1 miles which is like WHOA.
His shoes are tearing a part along the bottom soles and with registration fees for this race being the equivalent of our monthly car insurance (for both of us), we decided to get sponsors. But due to an underwhelming response (read: we have one amazing sponsor whom I love dearly), and my bounty of resourcefulness, I present an open letter to my most favorite people in the whole world (YOU).
Happy New Year! We are a husband and wife team training for the nation’s largest half-marathon, One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, in Indianapolis, IN. The race, to be held Saturday, May 4th, 2013, will be our 1st and we’re looking for sponsors! With one of us being a stay-at-home-mom to our 2 small children, the costs involved for travel, gear, and registration fees are more than we can afford, no matter how badly we want to achieve this goal together. For those of you who don't know us, running this race is just about the last thing you'd expect us to do (aside from finally teaching a gorilla sign language like we've always dreamed)!
What do you get out of sponsoring us?
· -Press coverage via local newspaper outlets
· - Recognition via all efforts to raise money on a flat-fee or ‘per mile ran’ basis for our school system
· -Your name or business included on the back of our race day t-shirts
No amount is too small! Seriously. Like $1 gets you a spot on our backs. We are truly grateful for any donation and will strive to do our best for you. In fact, most mornings you’ll see us out in the rain, wind, and snow as we train harder than we ever have before! Our bodies hate us! But we don't care! We're going to do it or little unicorns will lose their horns.
Indy peeps: We also invite you to make the trip to come cheer us on! Visit www.500festival.com/mini-marathon for details.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, email me at candaceganger [at] yahoo [dot] com.
We can't do this without you. Well, we can, but then we wouldn't get to wear your name. Not under normal circumstances, anyway.Whether you sponsor us monetarily or emotionally, we *heart* you. When we cross the finish line, we will think of you. And probably Ryan Gosling because that's a given.