My dietician told me that I needed to start doing everything I tell myself I would start doing if I weighed my ideal (insane) weight. So I've spent the last few months jogging a couple times a week. On the 19th I ran the Run for the Achievable Dream in Colonial Williamsburg, my first 8k race!
So I told my eating disorder who's boss, raised some money for a good cause...wait, which good cause was that? It was kind of hard to tell because all of the publicity at the race was for the race sponsors. Not the people benefiting from the race.
So we go pick up our packets (race instructions, course maps, the numbers you wear on your shirts...oh, and tons of dumb giveaways branded with corporate logos and made with child labor in Asia)...and get encouraged to buy stuff.
|Seriously, if you're going to run an 8k (or the half marathon on Sunday), |
why do you need to buy shoes?
Or better yet, if you're in good enough shape to run an 8k (or a half marathon!) no one should tell you that you need to lose weight.
|My ED got a kick out of this one. No, no, NO!|
I saw plenty of posters for race sponsors. But nowhere did I see a sign about the race beneficiaries. You have to visit the race's website to find out why you're paying a $60 entry fee to run this thing. I've run a few 5k races and at those I at least knew what charity my money was helping. This was really disappointing.
In spite of all of the advertising, I think the race was for a good cause. I can put up with a little lactic acid burn in my legs to help someone who got theirs blown off in an oil war. Or to help an inner-city kid get a better education. And to get one step closer to my own recovery. But in all, it was a good, fun time.
Oh, and free post-race beer. Seriously.