Fundraising on the Run!

Last weekend, I took my fundraising enthusiasm to the streets – in brand new running shoes. There I was, raising funds and running in the 3rd Annual Bang & Olufsen 5K Yorkville Run, held in support of YWCA Toronto’s women shelters.

As the Annual Giving Officer for YWCA Toronto, I knew that the run was going to be a great opportunity for me to support our programs that improve the lives of women and girls.

The easy part was signing up for the race and asking for donations. But then I thought to myself, can I physically do this? I’m not a runner and here I was committed to my first 5 kilometer race. With the run less than two months away, it was exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time.

I trained for 6 weeks, relying on self-discipline to stick to the three days a week running schedule I had created for myself. At first, I could only run for a few minutes without stopping to catch my breath but, as weeks went by, I found my endurance improving. Eventually, running easily for 30 minutes became second nature.

The big day finally arrived. To my surprise, I wasn’t nervous at all. The energy at the race site was positive and contagious. The horn blew and off I ran. Thirty-three minutes later, I crossed the finish line.

Running my first 5K race was rewarding on many levels. I’m proud that I pushed myself to do something I never thought I could physically do and I’m even prouder that I could contribute to YWCA Toronto’s incredible support for women who come to the shelters. I’m eagerly awaiting next year’s race. In fact, I have already resumed my training regimen!