Monday, May 13, 2013

Running On Another Continent....??

Hey Loveys,

I'm not much of a traveller. Not because I don't like travelling, it's mostly because of lack of time and lack of funds. I'm the worst at saving money and that's not a secret to anyone that knows me. This year I purposely including in my savings plan, money to take a trip at the end of the year with C. We're thinking Mexico, probably Cabo... my dad recently went there with a buddy of his and he raves about it, so I'm sold!

However, I'm not going to waste your time telling you the list of places on my "to go" list (Africa, Tokyo, Bali, Australia, Egypt, Italy, France, Rome...) and explain the situation I'm currently facing. I have a hard time committing to things that are... well... big things.. travelling more specifically. One time I took a trip to Edmonton for two weeks when I was 16 and got homesick. It could have been the fact that we drove there and I was stuck in the "back seat" (aka crawl space) of a pick-up truck with my ex-boyfriend who is like 6'2... both us tall people back there didn't make for a pleasant experience.

The only other time I've actually travelled somewhere, and the only time I've flown anywhere commercially (I've been in small planes before. The family of previously mentioned ex-boyfriend owned 3 different airplanes and flew us from our home town to Georgian Bay for a good pancake breakfast once. Ridic.) is to New York City. C and I went there in 2010... and last year we didn't take a vacation due to a lack of someone's passport (I have mine... FYI). Anywho, my experience in travelling is less than average I think.

When I was watching the GoodLife Marathon, I noticed a few people running in "Team Diabetes" jerseys. Obviously this stood out to me being diabetic and all... so today for some strange reason it popped into my head that I should Google "Team Diabetes" and find out what it's all about. Basically it's the same as Team in Training except instead of Lukemia, the proceeds to go Diabetes research. Hmm... so that got me wondering. I clicked on "International Races" and a list popped up in front of my eyes:


Cayman Islands
Madrid, Spain
Edinburgh, Scotland
Reykjavic, Iceland

Hmmmm.....

I click on Madrid Spain and it says for more information, contact So&So.. so I did. I'd have to raise $6100 and in return I'd be provided with:

• Guaranteed race registration
• Official Team Diabetes tech shirt or jersey
• Fundraising tools and support
• Personalized, fundraising webpage
• On-course support
• Free electronic monthly newsletter
• Accommodation (4 nights)
• Round-trip airfare from a gateway city
• Designated team meals
• Team trainer available via email
• Online training via the Running Room

Madrid, Spain
So I've been talking to a few friends about this. And turns out the Madrid race is the same weekend as Michelle's wedding, so I'm absolutely NOT missing her wedding! Next on my list? Running in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Beautiful photo for sure. So before I commit to something like this, I have some thinking to do... Luckily they provide you with a ton of resources on how to fundraise, and this could be a really good cause for some seriously killer parties. Michelle told me she'd help me fundraise... when she went to Rome with Team in Training, she raised over double what she needed to, so hopefully she has some tricks up her sleeve still. I'm talking like I've already committed to this. I think the fact that I have diabetes myself, and I'm raising money for Diabetes makes it a good fit if I were to do this "destination racing" thing. C told me that he'd come with me. Which works out because I don't have to pay to go so I could help pay for some of his trip which makes it cheaper...

Everyone I've talked to is obviously like YOU HAVE TO DO IT!!!! but I don't know why I'm scared to commit. Probably because $6100 is a lot of money and I'm nervous I won't raise that much and I'll have to pay thousands of dollars out of my own pocket which barely holds $1.

Perhaps I'm just scared. Right out scared. This is totally outside of my comfort zone so I'm psyching myself out hardcore. I just read a blog post that Tosca Reno wrote about not allowing fear to hold you back, and that's totally what I'm doing by being indecisive. I'm the type of person who gets comfortable where I am and then that's that... soooooo... yeah..... lol. This is big. 

Q: Have you ever travelled really really far to run?
Q: Should I, or shouldn't I?

PS - I've had a few friends say they'd help me raise the $. I have SUCH amazing friends. I'm going to do this, aren't I?

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25 comments:

  1. Sarah you gotta do it!!!! I'd support you for sure.

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    1. Lol thanks Davida! You're so sweet!

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  2. I'm a huge traveller, and so I'm on the side of everyone who says YOU HAVE TO DO IT!! As silly as it sounds, you really only do live once, and I'm a big fan of seeing as much as I possibly can in my lifetime.

    I did the Reykjavik race last August, and it was a wonderful experience. Due to knee problems I did the 10k instead of the half (my original plan), but I found it to be such a great race. Well organized, a beautiful route and a gorgeous country.

    DOOOOOO IT!

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    1. Hey!! Ok, so I'm fairly certain I'm going to do it. I'M SO SCARED!! Lol. Good to hear you had a great experience though!

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  3. Do it!! Edinburgh is beautiful (although I maybe biased as I'm a Brit). I would love to travel somewhere for a race, once I am much fitter!
    You will be surprised how many friends and family will support you for such a good cause (count me in for a donation)
    Have a good week

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    1. Hi Sarah (great name!)! I think that it would be amazing as well. I gotta let this fear thing go!! Maybe if I just sign up today then I'll get over it...?

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  4. After reading this, you better do it. You really only do live once my dear, so go for it. I know you will raise far beyond what you think you will. With the support group you have around you...( family and friends )...you will have no problem getting the funds you need. Go for it Sarah..and seriously do Cabo if you can...what an amazing place. Love you daughter....gotta go, the Leafs are on.

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    1. Hey Pappy! Yes, I will probably do it. Running with an umbrella sounds fun (just kidding!). I will have to work a Legion night and work for tip donations. Ha. Epic fail for your beloved Leafs!

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  5. I say do it!!! You'll have an incredible experience! I travel often, and almost always alone. But when you are traveling to races, it's so much safer then just any travel day, because the town you are going to will be filled with runners, all the attractions will be again full of runners. I find it's the safest and best way to travel!
    One time I did a cancer race, and had to raise several thousand. It wasn't easy, and I didn't want to have to force my friends to feel obligated. But co-workers was a different situation. I talked to my bosses and I got permission to charge people $2 each Friday to wear "jeans for charity". I also went to a local McDonalds and asked if they'd be able to donate breakfasts for me to raise money for charity. They were awesome and gave me all the food, and I was able to give co-workers breakfast twice a month for $6 and all funds went straight to my fundraising. One other thing, I went to sports event centers and asked if I could work the concession stands for free, in return I put out a "tip" jar and let everyone know with a t-shirt I wore that I was working for free to raise money through tips for cancer.. There are a lot of things you can do, and you won't have to go out of your own pocket, it will just require a lot of your time! Good luck with whatever you decide!

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    1. Those are some awesome recomendations!! Thank you A TON!! It's actually got my wheels turning a bit now! :) xoxo

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  6. that sounds like such a fun adventure! I am sure it would be one of those "once in a lifetime" trips that you cant really put a price on! I think that anything out of our comfort zones is so scary but it always ends up being totally worth it!! go for it lady! if you dream it, you can do it!

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    1. I think it would be that too, I'll have to take my camera and TONS of photos!

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  7. Go for it! I raised money for Fred's Team and I was able to run the Paris Marathon. Would I do it again. Well, I did do it again, on my own dime, a couple years later. My favorite marathon ever, plus, well, it was in Paris. Seriously, you've got to do this!

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    1. Hey Debbie! Paris!!!!!!!!!! That's my dream destination!! I know ZERO French though... but still! Too bad it's not on the list of run destinations yet... I would have done that one for sure!

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  8. Answer: Yes, you absolutely should!!! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! I haven't been to any of the places on the list (yet), but my fiance has been to the Cayman Islands and it sounds amazing!! Def want to go there sometime. I think the hardest part about doing something that scares you is taking that first step - once you commit to it and take the leap, you'll wonder what you were scared of in the first place!

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    1. I think that you're right! I just need to sign up, register and commit. BAH. Why is it so difficult?

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  9. YES DO IT!!
    Your blog will be perfect to help with Fundraising. You can do draws, auctions, create blogging events all to help you raise money this year. GO FOR IT!!

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    1. You're totally right, I thought about a virtual race too to help raise funds! I wonder what I could get donated to auction off! Hmm, the possibilities are endless!

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  10. I say go for it! You should find a buddy to go with you...that would make it even cooler!

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    1. You know, it's harder than it seems to convince someone to do this with me... I've been trying!! lol!

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  11. GO FOR IT! Get a friend to do it with you! I think it would be an amazing experience!! :)

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    1. I've been trying to get friends to do it, but no one will yet! I might be solo running this race! :P

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  12. omg do it! Rome was one of the best experiences of my life. you wont regret it! xox and ill help you fund raise!

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  13. Let me echo everyone else here - DO IT!! You will have the time of your life! I am considering registering for a Team in Training half marathon, I just need to find one I really want to do. It is really an exciting opportunity but I can completely relate to your hesitation. I think once you commit to it your excitement will overpower your nerves!

    xo Lauren

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  14. Edinburgh is beautiful, when I saw it listed I thought about signing up myself even though I am just a newbie runner. We traveled there this summer (my husband was born in Ayr, Scotland) and the whole family loved every minute of it! If ever there was something to save $$$ for, THIS is it!!!

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