I feel like I've been running for ever even though I have only been training for the Chicago Marathon since March. When this started I could barely run for a minute straight. Two weeks ago I finished a 20 mile run along Lake Michigan as the last long run of our training. All in all I have logged more than 450 miles while training for the marathon. The time commitment was huge. I had some injuries I have overcome like tendentious, shin splints, lots of blisters and I may lose a toenail. Literally it has taken blood, sweat and tears to make it this far. Is it worth it? Without a doubt YES!
Please STOP! Consider a life without clean water. Consider I life with a 50% infant mortality rate. In Mali West Africa this is not a consideration this is reality. $50 can supply clean water for life for a child FOR LIFE! YOU CAN CHANGE A LIFE, SAVE A LIFE, CHANGE THE WORLD. Join me and support World Vision.
by Dennis Chance on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 12:47 AM
Running it is hard to believe sometimes that I am actually doing this. But we are well into the official training program with Team World vision and I have been hitting my milestones and now believe it or not I am feeling good at the end of my runs. Yeah I know that's hard to believe especially if you know me. My biggest challenge is still my weight but week after week the lbs are peeling off and I hope and pray my knees will hold out. I have deliberately been holding back to take it easy on those old knees although my muscle conditioning and my cardiovascular conditioning would allow me to run harder and faster I know joints and ligaments take longer to develop so I am holding back a little until the joints get stronger and my weight comes down some. So I am trying to run at an easy pace being carful of my foot strike and gate because my eyes are on the end of the race and not on the beginning I can't afford to get injured because I plan to finish.
I don't run alone I have a great bunch of people I run with during the week and on the weekend for our long runs. I think this endeavor would be much harder with out the encouragement and support of my fellow runners. I look forward to meeting up with everyone and a few people have joined us just for the health benefits and have no plan to run the marathon (yet).
Team World Vision is a great team to run for. They are providing clean drinking water to people in Africa who because of where they were born they were not blessed with wealth and recourses. Many people die before the age of five because of water borne illnesses. This is a shame and it can be fixed! $50 can supple a person with water for LIFE through the work of World Vision. That is the point of this whole thing I am running to save lives. World Vision uses running Marathons to save lives and you can help when you sponsor me or another Team World Vision runner. The need is great!
Here in the United States we have no idea what real poverty is. Even the poorest of our poor have clean water to drink.
by Dennis Chance on Sat, May 11, 2013 @ 7:55 AM