Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pledge your own race miles in 2010

I'm feeling very good about the idea of combining running with giving and I am very pleased with the number of people who have said they would consider my suggestion of self-pledging based upon the number of miles they run next year. I'm going to put a tracker on The Emerging Runner that displays my progress. Anyone else who wishes to display their own progress is welcome to email their stats and I'll display them as well.

After a couple of really good runs this weekend on the trails at Stillwell Woods I returned to the street for a morning run. I felt fine when I woke up, got ready ahead of schedule and appreciated that running conditions were very good: mid-40's with just a little wind. I wore my ASICS for a change and they didn't feel tight enough as I set out. That was too bad, annoying but not worth a stop to re-tie them. I felt fatigued in the first few minutes and I hoped that would give way to more energy as I hit my stride. I never reached that point though, the entire run was a slog. I felt like I was carrying a pack or a sand filled vest. From beginning to end it felt like I was working too hard. I only covered about 2.2 miles and was happy to return home after that unsatisfactory run. All the same, I did my daily work and I really hope I'll feel more energetic tomorrow.


  1. Great Idea for donating money by self pledging. So, you will be starting this on Jan 1st then? Are you doing total miles ran, or just race miles? As far as your run, I have had more than a fair share of those type where it all just seems uuuggh! You will surprise yourself the next day. That is what usually happens. Have a good one!

  2. Thanks Kenley. My plan is to pledge $5 for every mile I run in races in 2010. Maybe some day I'll pledge against all miles but I'll need a lot more money to do that!

  3. I'm totally in on the plan to donate money per race... I've been wanting to start giving more to charity and this seems like a great vehicle to do it with.

    I've come up with a slightly different structure for my donations... I'm thinking two dollars for every kilometer ran with a bonus dollar per kilometer for a PR.

  4. If you're talking $2 per K overall that's quite a committment (unless you mean per race K). I like the PR bonus idea - your success benefits others. If you want your progress featured on this site please send updates to racemilepledge@emergingrunner.com.

  5. Thank you for this great idea. I will spread this idea and your website address among my running friends. My personal charity is on Long Island, the Rolling Thunder Road Runners Club. Their aim is to train developmentally disabled athletes to compete in mainstream running events.

  6. I've run in races with those Rolling Thunder guys. Some of them are very fast! A great cause and it's great that you support them.


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