I love the reactions I get when people find out how much I run and race. (Especially since I’m not a marathoner or Ironman.) Some of my favorite recent interactions:
My mother just before the Philly Half Marathon: I just don’t know how you do it.
Me: What? It’s just scrambled eggs. (Note this was just after I served her my pre-race meal.)
Mother: No. 13 miles. Running.
Or this past weekend with my hairdresser’s assistant.
Assistant: How many miles do typically you run a week?
Me: During the week about 4-5 miles 2-3 times per week, and then between 7-12 miles on the weekend.
Assistant: All at once?!!!!
But when I talk to my runner and triathlete friends, that’s no big deal. And in fact, I tend to stay on the lower end of mileage compared to others. Since I don’t train for full marathons or full Ironman competitions, I’d rather train smarter than harder and avoid injury. In any case, it’s really hard to shock my fellow athletes with my training.
Until I bring up hooping. If you remember 2 years ago, I hula hooped the half marathon here in Nashville. Last year, injuries, training, and personal matters prevented me from training. So, I made the decision to train with the hoopers every other year, and provide bike support in the off years, which I did last year. I will not be a trainer again this year, as I will need to focus time and attention on other running and triathlon training.
But yes. I will hula hoop 13.1 miles. If you thought running 13 miles at once was hard, try walking with a weighted hoop around your waist. But the program Hooping For Hope, makes it worth it. And this year, I have even more inspiration to hoop for the breast cancer survivors. I have a dear friend who is only a year older than me who is going through aggressive treatment for breast cancer. She has agreed to let me hoop on her behalf. And once she has finished her treatment, she can also be a recipient of the Hooping For Hope program.
You can also donate to Hooping For Hope and support me to hoop 13.1 miles (all at once!). It is a tax-deductible contribution, too! You are always welcome to donate to Hooping For Hope here and leave a note it is to support Hooper Kelly R.
And soon they will hopefully have the individual donation pages up as well and I will update the blog here with that information. UPDATE: My individual donation page is up here. Or if you know me in person, you can always hand-deliver the donations and I will get them to Hooping for Hope!
NOTE: All donations stay with Hooping for Hope. Hooping for Hope is a stand-alone 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donations to provide free hoops to breast cancer survivors all over the country, as well as hooping classes to local breast cancer survivors.