Sweat for Something BIGGER

First of all, I want to thank you all for the love and support from my first post. It truly means the world to me that you read and responded. I love you all ❤️

So, anyway, I have a question. Why do you workout? Most people workout for themselves–for the sense of accomplishment, that post-workout high, the RESULTS! I mean, who doesn’t? Well today I am asking you to dig a little deeper and SWEAT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.

Another Beachbody coach has instilled those meaningful words in my mind. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 (read her inspirational story here). Her team sweat for her when she couldn’t. When she shared this story with us a few weekends ago at our Dream Team training in Pittsburgh, I could see it in her face how much that meant to her–how touched she was by the number of people who weren’t just working out for themselves, but for her. They all sweat for something bigger.

Three years ago I ran my first half marathon. I originally agreed to it just to have a reason to go to Nashville and hang out with my cousins. However, as I was registering, I found out I could run as a St. Jude Hero.

I have been passionate about St. Jude ever since my Tri Delta days at Pitt. Tri Delta officially adopted St. Jude as it’s national philanthropic partner in November 1999, giving us the opportunity to all unite in support of the children’s cancer charity. We had the chance to meet children from St. Jude and their families. They shared their stories and told us that everything we do for St. Jude gives them hope. To date, Tri Delta members have raised more than $30 million for the children of St. Jude!!!  Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Not one cent. Because of this, they continually told us how grateful they are for Tri Delta. Hearing those words sent tears down my face. How can you be grateful when your child has cancer?? But these families and kids are truly amazing. I knew I would want to continue giving to St. Jude for years to come.

imageWhen race day came, I put on St. Jude bib and headed to the start line. When I got to about mile 8 I wanted to stop. It was April, we were in Nashville and it about 84 degrees and there were SO. MANY. HILLS. Then, a girl pushing a wheelchair came from behind and passed me. Then another one. In the wheelchairs were kids of St. Jude. Kids who couldn’t run. Kids who may never get the chance to run. It was like a jolt of energy went through my body. Don’t get me wrong, my legs still felt like Jell-O but I had to finish this race strong–for them. I then had a cheering section up ahead of St. Jude volunteers who shouted “Go hero!” as I ran by.

I finally finished the race as a proud St. Jude hero. I sweat for something bigger.

image Last year I ran another half marathon in Pittsburgh as a St. Jude Hero.image I raised enough money to attend a spaghetti dinner with a family of St. Jude and other Heroes. Listening to their story reminded me why I do it. Why I run. Why I sweat. In March, I will be running my third half marathon. This time, I will be running as part of Team LIVESTRONG to help the fight against cancer. The LIVESTRONG Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against this disease that is now the world’s leading cause of death. LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. The money I raise will support programs and services for cancer survivors. These resources help people diagnosed with cancer face the challenges of the disease head on and live life on their own terms. image

Please help me support the fight as I sweat for something bigger.

Although I will not be running as a St. Jude Hero this time, I have not forgotten about those kids. I will take the total amount donated to my LIVESTRONG campaign, and donate 10% to St. Jude.

In addition, I will donate $10 to St. Jude for every challenge pack purchased from me from now until Feb 28. You too can sweat for something bigger.

For more information, email me at megcounsman@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support! Xoxo

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