Yesterday, I wanted no part of going for a run. I was jetlagged after an amazing event weekend in Napa with Team Challenge, I had laundry to do, and I had lots of work to get done. Before I even got out of bed in the morning, I had a million excuses to bail on my evening run.
Then I went down to check the mail.
My #SweatingForAli wristbands.
At that point, I knew I better get my butt out there and run four miles after work. So, of course, I took to Twitter to announce my plans. You know, so I couldn’t back out without even more guilt.
I decided to try out a new app that I heard about during our pasta party on race weekend: Charity Miles. With Charity Miles, you can earn money for a charity of your choice when you run, walk, or bike. You just turn on the app before you head out for your workout, and let it know when you’re finished. $0.25 per mile is donated to the charity you choose when you run. Best of all, CCFA was just added as a featured charity!
Knowing I was running for my friend and donating to CCFA in the process was just the kick in the butt I needed. I ran 4.55 miles and donated $1.14! I know a dollar doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you consider that you’ll likely run 500 miles over the course of marathon training, that’s $115 over the course of a few months.
There are other charities to choose from, too: Habitat for Humanity, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Autism Speaks, and more. Bikers earn ten cents per mile, and walkers and runners earn twenty-five. What an easy way to give back!
What gets you off your butt to run when you’re not feeling up to it?