Giving back is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can pursue. Being able to help one another while also benefiting you is an encounter very few will have in their lifetime. I was fortunate enough to partake in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Half Marathon a few weeks ago. Although the training part was a major facet of the race, being able to help raise money for a charity so close to my heart was the most gratifying part.
Prior to starting my race training, I was barely able to run 1K without struggling to breathe. I was truly amazed at the ability the human mind has when it wants to achieve a goal. I had always believed the preconceived notions that long distance running was not healthy as it weakened joints. Now that I have completed training and participated in my first race, I have escaped from negative thoughts about running. I am finally able to appreciate the benefits of running. I hope that my discoveries help to encourage others to push themselves to their fullest potentials. Sometimes we must cross boundaries and step out of our comfort zones to fully understand our body’s abilities.
As I mentioned, completing this race was a challenge I had faced myself with. More importantly, this race was about raising money for some of Australia’s most important philanthropies. I was truly honored to be a part of the team that supported NeuRA. This organization works hard to complete in-depth research for neurological diseases. NeuRA is a very important organization to me, as many of you know that I specialize in healthy ageing. I also have some close relatives who have suffered from strokes, dementia, and Autism. NeuRA passionately strives to answer many of the questions that come along with these diseases. I am very proud that my team helped to raise of $14,000 for NeuRA and their continued research efforts.
Throughout this entire experience, I have learned a great deal about myself and the capabilities the human body possesses. The most humbling part of this venture is the fact that so many people around me were generous enough to donate to the cause. I am extremely proud to have ranked in the Top 10 Individual Fundraisers for SMH Half Marathon. Words are unable to express my gratitude towards everyone who donated and supported me in this endeavor. I am looking forward to continuing to help raise funds for NeuRA and to continue my training for future races!
If you are interested in learning more about the SMH Half Marathon, NeuRA, or even donating to cause, please feel free to follow this link!