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Running 4K (yes, you read that right) for Cancer

Good morning and Happy Halloween! My morning got off to a scary start with a pre-5 a.m. wake up call to train a new client at 5:30. There is something about waking up in the 4 a.m. hour that feels so much earlier than after 5. The good news, I slept like a champ last night with no night sweats and no middle of the night wake ups! Also, my new client is awesome and I know already that I will enjoy working with him! I love new client intake sessions. I always discuss health history, current fitness and health status and goals with them and then put them through a movement screen and a bodyweight workout. It is so rewarding to see some one on day one and then see their progress when we get one month, three months, six months in. The difference is amazing and it’s such an important benchmark for my clients to see how far they’ve come.

I would like to do a series sharing more on what it’s like to be a personal trainer…getting certified, finding a job, getting started, building a client base, developing a training style, etc. It’s something I get asked about a lot. Let me know if you have any specific topic requests.

So this post isn’t meant to be about me but I have a great story to share with you about another woman who is embarking on quite a challenge this summer.

syd 4k flyer pic

Meet Sydney. She’s a junior at the University of Maryland and in the summer of 2014 she is running ACROSS THE COUNTRY (seriously!) with the 4K for Cancer program. Sydney reached out to me after my Women Supporting Women post and asked if I would be willing to help her get the word out about what she’s doing. I’ll let her tell you all about it!

My name is Sydney and I’m a college student with a passion for running and helping others! Lucky for me, I get to combine both of my passions this summer (2014) as I run across the country!!! Yep, across the whole thing—San Francisco to Baltimore. I’m running to support our nation’s cancer community with a program called 4K for Cancer!

Never heard of 4K for Cancer? This program—as part of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults—sends 4 teams of bikers and 1 team of runners on cross country treks in order to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer. On our trips we will be visiting with host communities and sharing stories about what connects us to cancer; visiting with cancer patients in different hospitals; delivering chemo care bags; giving out scholarships to cancer survivors; spreading hope and encouraging increased support for cancer fighters and survivors. It’s a pretty awesome mission, if you ask me.

I’m one of thirty college aged runners who has been picked out of everyone in the entire country to run for the 4K for Cancer Running Team! I’m so beyond thrilled! We will be running anywhere between 8 and 16 miles a day in a relay-esque way. I’m really excited to see Utah and Colorado.

I know we’ll have longgg days and it’s definitely going to be physically grueling, but I think of every mile I run as my way of fighting for those who are struggling to keep fighting during treatment or recovery. I’m thankful to have my health and I want to use it to help empower those who are dealing with cancer.

So how does running a TON of miles help support cancer? In a few ways. As I mentioned above, we will be connecting with all different communities in all different states in order to help foster hope for those fighting. We will be visiting with current cancer patients and delivering special chemo care bags. We want to encourage people to support everyone affected by cancer. Also, all of the 4K athletes set personal fundraising goals. This money goes straight to the 4K for Cancer program and helps fund scholarships for those closely affected by cancer.

Here is a link to my fundraising page. If you feel personally connected to our mission and would like to support us on our run we would love it! If you have any questions definitely feel free to reach out!

Join me in wishing Sydney good luck with her challenge! What a way to spend a college summer, huh!?

Would y’all ever like to do one of these running across the country or from state to state challenges for charity? Or have you already?

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  • Jess L October 31, 2013, 8:04 am

    Just an ordinary morning, reading my blogs before breakfast, and what do I see but my best friend’s face on one of my favorite blogs! I am so proud of her! Thanks for featuring her to help get the word out on this AMAZING thing that she’s doing!

  • Beth Schaewe October 31, 2013, 8:34 am

    A girl I know back in Wisconsin, Ashley Kumlein, has done this twice! Once, all by herself, from LA to NYC, and just did it again this past summer with a relay team. She is does it for MS and has an amazing foundation she has set up in honor of her mom who has MS. Check out ‘MS Run the US’ to see another amazing woman doing extra ordinary things! Way to go Sydney!!! You are an inspiration:)

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 31, 2013, 8:58 am

    Wow awesome for her!! That is such a great cause and that is pretty amazing!

  • Elise @ 9toFIt.com October 31, 2013, 9:36 am

    Awesome cause! Love! 🙂

  • Courtney October 31, 2013, 9:59 am

    My husband and I are running the BCS Marathon this year as part of Team Mercy Project. It is my husband’s first (and he says ONLY) marathon. Our kids wanted to get involved with the fundraising, so they set a goal of running 100 miles this year, finishing the last mile at the BCS Kids Marathon.

    Their Facebook page with pictures of all of the miles is here: https://www.facebook.com/100MilesForMercyProject
    And their fundraising website is here: http://www.grouprev.com/100miles Just in case anyone wants to support them with a few dollars! Donations are tax-deductible! 🙂

  • Brittany @ proteinandpumps October 31, 2013, 6:27 pm

    I’m taking my NASM-CPT test soon so is be particularly interested in how to get started in the industry – especially while working full time in a totally different industry.

  • Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine November 1, 2013, 9:18 am

    Wow! This is such an amazing event!! Can’t wait to hear about it! 🙂

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