Two weeks I issued a 12 hour challenge in my fundraising efforts as a charity runner for Our Clubhouse. For every dollar raised in those 12 hours, I would do 1 burpee. I truly had no idea how much money I would end up fundraising that day. I thought maybe $100 and that 100 burpees would be no issue. Well, that number ended up being well beyond 100.
By the end of that day, the number ended up being 210. Yes, 210! WOW! WHAT!? I was so happy and thrilled to have raised that much in one day, but then I realized just how many burpees I would be doing!
You might now be asking why is this blog post titled 235 burpees? Well, last week I received a check in the mail with a $25 donation from someone who couldn’t get onto the site that day but wanted to donate to my burpee challenge. This was such a shock when I received it. It was meant the total number of burpees just went to 235 <gulp>.
I had this idea that I would do the burpees at Our Clubhouse. I had actually never to their facility and I thought it would be great to meet some of the staff and tour their facility. I have been working with their Development & Marketing Coordinator, Angela Byrnes, as a charity runner and she loved the idea! She even contacted local media sources about my endeavor and the Trib was interested! I did a phone interview with them and they sent people over to the ‘event’ to follow up and take pictures and video! You can read their article here.
After work yesterday, I headed over to Our Clubhouse. When I walked in I was SO NERVOUS. It felt worse than pre-race jitters. I have no idea why, but I was insanely nervous. Several Our Clubhouse staff members where there to greet meet me and had printed out signs of encouragement. After a quick change, I headed up to their yoga room and it was GO-TIME! No turning back now!
My goal was to pace out the burpees as evenly as possible, but I think by burpee #75, I was just going to get one done at a time. By burpee #115, my quads were shaking and by burpee #165(ish) my arms were shaking. It was great to have my own personal cheering section and even better, they counted EVERY burpee for me! I honestly don’t think I could have counted that high while doing them.
Slowly the count got lower and lower and finally it got to 235! I think I just sprawled down on my mat and was so relieved they were over. For the last 50 burpees or so, it really came to just doing one at time and regrouping mentally after every burpee.
One thing I kept telling myself is that if everyone battling cancer can go through their treatments, etc., then I could get through 235 burpees. Everyone touched by cancer faces much more tougher challenges than me staring down these burpees. To me, they are the true heroes as they fight this horrid disease.
Over 7 years ago, I lost my grandfather to cancer. Watching him go through that was hard as I felt so helpless. Now though, I feel like I have the opportunity to help those going through this battle and help their families support them. Being a charity runner and fundraising for Our Clubhouse is something I know my Grandfather would be so proud of me for and that makes me smile.
My fundraising is not done though! I still have 38 days left and I would love to make it to the $1,500 level and I am just about $400 shy of this goal. That is just about $10 a day! All it takes is 38 people to help me reach this goal. And yes, you are supporting my fundraising efforts, but in reality, you are supporting the members who take advantage of the free services offered by Our Clubhouse. You are supporting those touched by cancer.