Last year at this time I was all ready and signed up for a local 10k race called The Cares Run. If you remember, I made the mistake of thinking it was on the Sunday, but it was on the Saturday. I was out running a long run on Saturday afternoon when I heard an email come in. I checked it to see that it was the race director Irene thanking everyone for coming out to such a great race. I stopped in my tracks, re-checked the dates and lo and behold, I completely missed the race.
So, take two. Here we go again, except this time I may forget my keys, my anti-diarrhea pills and my manners, but I will not forget that the race is held on the Saturday, October 15th.
Cares is an incredibly well-run organization that offers counseling to people who are unable to afford the super high cost of therapy (the going rate to see a psychologist is $180 per hour!!!) but the way that Cares is able to subsidize counseling fees is through charitable donations, with the annual Cares Run being one of the ways to raise funds.
I believe that we can all benefit from a good solid counseling sesh. It doesn’t have to be this huge freaky deal, and you don’t have to have been molested by a herd of goats to need therapy. We’ve all had some bumps and bruises and we’ve all learned unhealthy coping mechanisms and we can all learn to heal and grow and move forward, no matter how old we are.
Irene was kind and gracious enough to offer me another chance to run the race, so although my race registration fee was waived in exchange for promoting the event, I’d still write about this run anyway, and I’d rave about Cares nonetheless, because things like running and changing lives are more than important to me.
I have no idea how I’ll do in this race. My dream is to break 40 minutes, but I have a hunch I’ll end up closer to 41. So if you’re local and you want to come out and support Cares and run either a 5 or a 10K, then I will see you there!
Click HERE to register.
Okay, who has never been to therapy or some sort of counseling? Why not?
How on earth am I supposed to train for a 10k?!?!