Last year I ran one of the hardest half marathons of my life in Syracuse, NY. Not because I was out of shape or the course was hilly or that I took it out to fast…it was one of the hardest races of my life because it was cold and snowing. It’s not a secret that I absolutely hate the cold, snow and ice. Little did I know last year that the race was sponsored by Ophelia’s Place located in Syracuse, NY.
Yet I sit here today and that is the only race I’ve signed up for in the Spring so far. I plan to drive 6 hours to Syracuse to run the Lake Effect Half Marathon February 23 as my next goal race. Not a goal race because I want to PR (it’s next to impossible in white out conditions) but a goal race because I want to do big things with this race.
Ophelia’s Place is an inpatient Eating Disorder treatment facility. The Lake Effect Half Marathon brings in money and fundraising towards them. This year I want to be a part of the Fundraising. I will be running for Charity and raising money along the way. Though I did pay for my own entry to this race my goal is to raise 2000 dollars and create awareness along the way.
I have never had an eating disorder but as every human I have struggled with body image from time to time. Whether that is body image to make me faster in running, body image because I don’t feel like I look good in a bathing suit or spandex…every person has had negative body image thoughts at one time.
In college my major was community health. My senior seminar was based upon creating programming for raising awareness about eating disorders. It’s a topic that a lot of people don’t know or understand. It’s a topic that is made light of yet such a serious mental health issue. It isn’t a case of “I look gross today so I won’t eat” or I want to be thinner so I will just purge my food. Eating disorders are very complex and deep topics that a single post or day couldn’t explain. My entire program was 50 pages and I honestly felt like I hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface.
So I won’t try too in this post. Over the course of the next few months while I prepare for my next goal race, The Lake Effect Half Marathon, I will be posting weekly posts and stories. If you have a story or post that you want to share, please email me (lolzthatswim (at)gmail.
I realize that many bloggers or people who read my blog know far more about eating disorders due to personal experiences or a much bigger knowledge base. That is why I am asking for help. It would mean the world to me if you could help me reach my goal of raising 2000 dollars (or more) for Ophelia’s place and my next goal race.
I have two goals for this race: to fundraise as much as possible and to raise as much awareness and educate as much as possible. If you are interested in helping or interesting in sharing a story please email me at lolzthatswim(at) gmail.
**If you would prepare to share a story anonymously please don’t hesitate to let me know. If you don’t have a blog and want to share a story, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Anyone is more than welcome!
Also if you are interested in learning more about a certain disorder please email me and I’ll be sure to include that.
Here is my fundraising page and I appreciate all the help, support and education that I hope will come from this.