This isn’t to say I never run. I usually spend at least one morning a week huffing and puffing away on a treadmill at my local gym on days between my other workouts, but I’d be lying if I said it was my favourite form of exercise.
I have a great respect for runners. I really do. I admire their ability to go out and pound the pavement on a cold or wet morning, to push themselves over long distances, and for their tireless pursuit of that so-called “runner’s high.”
It’s just not really my thing. I’d rather play hockey, cross train or lift weights.
But that’s all going to change over the next two months.
On May 11, I’m going to attempt to run the Sporting Life 10K in Toronto in an effort to raise money for Camp Oochiegeas, an Ontario camp for children affected by childhood cancer.
Even though I’m not much of a runner, how do you say no to a good cause like this?
Recently, the fine folks at Nike Canada approached me to join their Canadian Media Team for the Sporting Life 10K.
I told them I have never run a 10K. They said that was fine.
I told them the longest run I’ve completed since grade school was a 5K. On a treadmill. Again, no problem, they said.
So on Sunday, May 11 in Toronto, I’m going to join up with a few thousand other folks — most of whom will be much more experienced runners than this guy — to run 10 kilometers down Yonge Street.
This means I have less than eight weeks to get into running shape so that I don’t wind up bowing out of the race halfway through in search of the nearest Tim Hortons.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting a few updates about my progress as I try and get myself ready for race day. Please go easy on me and my goofy stories.
Why am I doing this? Simple: To raise money for a great cause.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Camp “Ooch,” as it is known, it’s the only residential camp in Ontario which offers on-site IV chemotherapy treatments and blood transfusions, so that the kids can continue receiving treatment while getting to experience summer camp.
Camp Ooch offers year-round programs for children affected by cancer in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children, two other regional cancer centres and Ooch Downtown in Toronto.
Doesn’t that sound like the kind of thing you’d like to support? Of course it does.
I’m told that it costs about $3,500 to send one kid to camp, and we’re hoping to send as many kids to camp as we possibly can with our Canadian Media Team.
So if you’d like to support our team — or your friendly neighbourhood tech reporter himself — you can do so right here. No amount of money is too small, and it’s all going to a great cause, so anything you can do to help us out would be very much appreciated.
To learn more about the race or to sign up yourself check out this link or click on the video below.
Thanks for reading. See you on race day.
I’ll be the guy at the back of the pack.