What on earth was I thinking?
What could possibly possess me to think running for 24 hours on a treadmill was a good idea?
Am I nuts?... Well, actually, that one's kind of a given at this point.
And so, here I am getting ready to do my thing. That's right, on January 15th, 2009 at 8am in the morning, I'm going to step onto a treadmill on the showroom of the Volvo dealer in Culver City, CA and proceed to run until 8am the following morning.
Number one most popular question: "You will be taking breaks though, right?"
Well, since I won't be out running in the hills some where, I will need to use an actual restroom to relieve myself and I will likely step off to make a change of clothes or two and of course I will need to check the condition of my feet a couple of times and yet really other than those brief pauses... no breaks.
Number two most popular question: "Why?"
Because I can! And more importantly to raise money for the Culver City Youth Health Centers. These health centers provide medical healthcare to students within the school system who come from families without medical insurance. This is a fantastic organization and a great reason to hop on a treadmill for an extended period of time. I am also in the process of organizing a youth running program in Culver City in partnership with the youth health centers and I thought this would be a great way to garner some attention.
And of course I realize there are probably easier ways to draw attention, but this just seemed like the thing to do at the time and maybe I was just looking for a good excuse to do it.
There are still a lot of things to be done before the actual run. I still need to line up the treadmills (yes, I said treadmills). I am planning on having two treadmills on the showroom. One I will run on constantly and a second for "Guest" runners. If someone wants to come down and support me for an hour or even just for ten minutes they can hop on the treadmill next to me and give it a whirl! I figure that will come in particularly handy in the wee hours of the morning when I am only a few hours from completion and about ready to fall asleep on my feet. At that point I probably wouldn't even care if the person next to me was running, walking or just standing as long as they were making some kind of sleep interupting noise.
Within the next few days the donation site will go up on Activegiving.com.
Oh yeah and of course there's a whole lot of running to be done between now and then.
Check back soon to see how that's working out.