Run, Forrest, run!

GarminToday, I was a Course Monitor for the Garmin Marathon. I was up before the sun so that I could get to my spot along the race route. I enjoy being a support person – a cheerleader with a cow bell. Because who doesn’t get inspired to run faster when you hear the clanging of a cow bell? But I haven’t always been a cheerleader, I’ve also been a runner (I use the term ‘runner’ loosely…more like a determined walker…and not the zombie kind…ha!).

I did my first half marathon in 2009 with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training about eight months after being diagnosed with leukemia. Because learning you have cancer makes you want to run…(run away is more accurate…ha!).

It was an amazing experience and even though I was unable to finish the race (darn those pace requirements) at least I started. So many don’t take that first step and cross the start line. I was reminded of this experience this morning as I watched the runners racing by…and I had a moment of realization…

This running-for-public-office-thing is a lot like running a marathon. You register for the event (file your declaration to run). You train (campaign) for months before your event (election day), but you don’t do it alone. You have a coach (campaign manager) and cheerleaders (supporters) along the route — encouraging you and doing whatever they can to get you across the finish line.

I’m done being on the sideline (a constituent) cheering others on (voting the wrong folks into office). I’ve already crossed the start line, now I need you to help me cross that finish line on August 2 — see my Support page to learn how you can be my cheerleader…