I hate them.
I only hate every fiber of their obnoxious “put down the Doritos and look at me acting all superior and health-conscious” beings.
Know who hates them more than me?
But only because she can’t be one of them.
After running two marathons and three half-marathons over the years to raise money to help find a cure for Li’l Diva’s juvenile myositis, My Love has been officially scratched from the Baltimore Running Festival on Oct. 13, 2012. She goes under the knife next week to repair a torn meniscus in one of her knees.
In her place, will be …
Yes, after years of passing out water to nearly passed-out runners, sweeping up their discarded cups and ringing cowbells for encouragement, I will be running this year. Really.
And so will 10-year-old Excitable.
Yes, we Uncool dudes will be side-by-side, desperately trying to drag each other through the most grueling of all the runs – the 5K.
For a dad who runs like he has a refrigerator on his back and his son who finds changing his underwear a challenge, a 5K is no cakewalk. (But it is the equivalent of about 25,000 Twizzlers laid end-to-end.)
We’ve been training for a week now, and I’m happy to report there has only been a few sore leg muscles (both of us), a couple of side cramps (the boy)and one near vomiting (lesson learned: don’t carb-load on donuts prior to your run). All the while I keep telling Excitable, “It’s not speed we’re going for, it’s avoiding death. Or worse, embarrassment.”
So please support the two of us by making a donation, big or small, to the Cure JM Foundation, the all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to putting an end to this potentially devastating, sometime fatal autoimmune disease. Here’s how:
1) Make a secure online donation via credit card online. Our family’s fundraising page is: http://tinyurl.com/JM-donate-online
2) Fill out this form then write a check to "Cure JM Foundation," put in the memo section that you are sponsoring Kevin and Rhonda McKeever, and then mail it to:
Cure JM Foundation
836 Lynwood Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Now excuse me. I gotta run.