April 7, 2015

Why I chose MCM...again!

I always knew I wanted to run the Marine Corps Marathon again. I loved my experience there in 2013. After my Richmond Marathon experience, I took a step back and really reevaluated if I wanted to run another marathon...and really run at all! I decided I wanted to focus on happy running, no aggressive training plans or time goals, just running with a smile. It's been working. I'm running and enjoying it. My training plans have been loose and highly flexible. I know training for a marathon will require more focus and diligence and I think I'm ready for that.

I entered the Marine Corps Marathon lottery on a whim. I was a little frustrated with other things in life and decided it would bring me focus. Of course, it was  also a chance to run with my buddy Danielle. I was convinced I wouldn't get in. But I did, so here I sit contemplating why and how I got here. 

Being in DC and run by the Marines, MCM is an incredibly patriotic race which is a huge draw for me. I remember feeling overwhelming emotion at multiple moments on the course in 2013- the mile to remember, seeing servicemen in full gear running, and the multitude of photos on the back of shirts. It was moving. 

After reflecting on my past MCM experience and my other 2 marathons, I knew I wanted marathon 4 to be different. With my affinity for the military-focus of MCM, the military presence in my daily work, and service men and women in my "real life," I decided to up the ante. Not only will I be running 26.2 miles, but I'll be donning the gold singlet of Team Fisher House as a member of their fundraising team. I pass the Fisher House every day on my way to work and have tremendous respect for the work they do. I promise that I won't be posting donation requests daily, but I hope you'll consider making a donation to this important cause.

Do you have any advice for fundraising for a race?
{Christine}

17 comments:

  1. Ok, so it's incredible how similar our post are this morning - we are definitely meant to run this race together again this year! (Although maybe not together-together since I'm not sure I can keep up with you any more!)

    I am so excited about this!

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  2. Welcome back to MCM. I ran it as my first marathon last year. However, just like you, I found I needed a much needed BREAK after that race.

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  3. So exciting that you're running MCM again and that it will be a new journey this time with the fundraising. Good luck and I look forward to reading about it :)

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  4. What a great cause to be running MCM for! I'm so glad that you haven't chosen to give up marathons altogether after your Richmond experience. I think with time, rest, and the ability to refocus, we're all able to find love and passion for something once again.

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  5. I fundraised once in the past and I did it by emailing a link to friends and family. These days, I see lots of friends post on facebook and I always give when I can :)

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  6. So exciting! Looking forward to following your journey to 26.2 :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  7. So great that you're running, best of luck on the training!

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  8. Awww, I'm kinda jealous. I just didn't think I had it in the money OR time budget for this year. I might make it out to spectate, though! It's gonna be great!

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  9. what a great post! MCM is definitely on my list to run in the next few years. It looks like an incredible experience!

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  10. When I raised money for the NYCM, our coach told us that the people we assumed would donate may not and those we never expected to donate, will donate. My advice is to definitely use your blog, Facebook and any other social media to get the word out there.

    Best of luck!!

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  11. So excited for you Christine!!!

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  12. How exciting! I love MCM, it's a great race I would definitely do that one again myself!
    Very cool, your fundraising! I did a fundraising marathon years ago and because I refused to ask family and friends for money, other than if they decided they wanted to. I had to really get creative and work to get thousands of dollars from strangers or others.
    A few things I did, that you may consider. Depending on where you work, I arranged to have casual Friday's, if employees I worked with wanted to wear jeans or something, they'd pay me $2 and then they could go casual once a week.
    I also worked with McDonalds and had them donate breakfasts. Which were their easy cook and serve. I got them free, and I was able to sell them on Friday's to co-workers for $5-$8 each, and that actually raised a lot of money.
    I also worked a deal with arena's, where I would work their concession stands for NBA games and Concerts. I worked for them for free, in return I put a tips jar out and wore a shirt that I was raising funds for a cancer charity. I actually would walk away with a lot of money on those. I would get my family and friends to do it with me, because then they could see the second half of games or concerts free and in return help work more concession stands for more tip money.
    I did a lot of other things too, I am more than happy to share email me sometime if you ever run out of ideas and I'll be happy to tell you the other things I did to raise funds. But those above were some of my bigger money makers:)
    Good luck!!!

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  13. Not much help with advice but I would love to run MCM! It's been on my to run list forever. The timing just never works. One day!

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  14. I'm so glad you are running MCM - Come hell or highwater we WILL meet at this race (or maybe even before!). No more near misses this time :)

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  15. I LOVE MCM - favorite race ever.
    Would love to do it again.

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  16. That's awesome! I have a friend from high school running MCM for Fisher House too.

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  17. Awesome!! This sounds like such an amazing race - and you're running it for a charity, even better! :D

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