A Little Help from My Friends

I need your support, would you mind reading through my story?

If you know me, you know I work out 5-6 times a week. I’ve done this for several years. Relatively new to me is running. Even though I did a crazy hard boot camp daily, running was always the thing I whined about. A mile? in 12 minutes or less? Ridiculous! Who does that? And Why??

Well, I do now. I do a lot more miles, and in less than 12 minutes. I started with a 5K or two, and then one thing led to another in late 2011. I was whining to my sister about needing to get away for a weekend, I would go anywhere as long as I could sit on a beach and drink cold beverages. She crunched some dates and came back with “Lets go to Phoenix and run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon!” Uh, great, running the desert, just what I wanted!


“But I’m only running 3 miles at a time,” I whined. “Oh come one, we’ve got like 6 weeks to train for it, and we’ll walk a little”, she negotiated. (She was a drill sergeant in a previous life, I’m sure of it) Alrighty then! It’s amazing how many holiday cookies I didn’t eat, knowing I had to hit the floor running every day.


And we did it! We finished it in a respectable time, upright, and alive too! Then she manipulated me into doing it again. We ran a half marathon in her town a few months later. I followed a complete training program for that one.


And then I ran one killed one by myself last November, and took 12 minutes off my best time.


It was 28 degrees that day, so looking lovely wasn’t my first priority. More details on these later, I just needed to set the stage here.

I’m doing another 13.1 on April 6 near Milwaukee, WI. Aside for hitting the dreadmill at the gym (I’m near Chicago and Baby It’s Still Cold Outside! And icy and wet and windy!), I have committed to raising $250. The funds raised go toward the Lifestriders Therapeutic Riding Center in Waukesha, WI.

“Healing comes in many ways. LifeStriders is a non-profit organization that provides life-enhancing, physical and psychological experiences and services, to individuals with special needs. Through Equine-Assisted Therapy, children and adults can experience the beneficial physical and mental benefits achieved through the human-horse connection.”

So here’s the fun part for everyone. By running this 13.1, along with my sister and about 100 other people, linked together as a unit, we will be breaking a World Record and getting ourselves in the Guinness Book of World Records twice, for not only crossing the finish line tethered together (think caterpillar, not blob) AND for most funds raised by a group running a 13.1!

You can be a part of this without hitting the pavement (or you can join us on the pavement, the more the merrier!) Can I get your support? Would you be willing to donate to help me hit or exceed my $250 goal? How about a dollar a mile? Maybe $2 a mile?

I’ll be off to the gym in a few minutes, today is a long run day, 8 miles on the dreadmill in a stuffy gym. If it didn’t just snow yesterday I would do this outside, but I’m pretty sure my 8 mile route is snow-covered, otherwise it would be a great day for a run!

You say “How cool is that Beth, how do I help?” and I say Thank You so Much!!! Just go to my Active.com fundraising page right here: Donate, where everything is tallied, taken care of, and safe and secure. Donations go straight to Lifestriders.

So thanks for reading if you got this far, I’ll be tweeting and posting more details as we get closer. Thanks for your comments, donations and encouragement!

Also, if you think I’m crazy, hold on tight! This race is only the first of the year, I’ve signed up for 3 Half Marathons, and then a 26.2! Keep the encouragement coming, I’m going to need it. This current 13.1 is the only race I will be asking for  a donation, the rest will be moral support only!

Have a fabulous Saturday!


4 responses to “A Little Help from My Friends

  1. Done! 😉 I have to agree with Margie–you’re crazy for running in the winter weather but I know you can do it and wish you the best of luck getting to your goal!! I know you can do it!! WTG GF!!!

  2. You are killing me Beth Pingry!! I am so impressed with how dedicated you have become with your running, good for you!! Keep it up and the best of luck to you in your upcoming run.

  3. DONE. Best of luck! What a worthy cause!

  4. Good luck to you, my friend <3
    Still think you're crazy for running in this @#$% cold Chicago winter weather!!! But you go girl because you can….VERY PROUD of ya! xo

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