But there were other "incentives", too, that allow donors to be part of the experience. First, I asked everyone for a thought, hope or prayer that I would keep in the center of my mind throughout a portion of the race. With the number of donors I have, each person will have roughly a half mile dedicated to their request.
I also asked for people to suggest songs for my running playlist, which I'll use to keep me moving forward on Sunday. So I thought I'd share with you what I've received, both prayers and songs. I will update as more come in.
I'll be thinking of and praying for ...
- a dear friend's sister who is battling MS.
- the children. Think of the children. (There's a jokester in the bunch.)
- those who are battling MS combined with depression, and how hard it is to deal with both.
- health and happiness for all those we love.
- everyone fighting MS.
- that we can leave a better world for our children.
- all my friends to have happiness, however they define it.
- a woman named Barb who was admired and appreciated by her co-workers, and has moved on to a different job.
I'll be listening to ...
- I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
- Big Panty Woman by Barefoot Man
- Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
- The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston (at which point I will probably have to step off the trail and vomit)
- Silent Running by Mike & the Mechanics
- Texas Twister by Little Feat (I'll probably listen to Dixie Chicken, too)
- Not Dead Yet by Bad Examples
- Kryptonite (Live) by 3 Doors Down
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (who else?)
- Viva la Vida by Coldplay
- Something Pitbull (haven't decided what!)
- Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
- God's Great Dance Floor by Chris Tomlin
- Raise Your Glass by P!nk
- Chelsea DAgger by The Fratellis
- Jump by Van Halen
- The Olympic Theme by John Williams
- Carry On by Fun
I am still reeling with the generosity of my friends and family. The donations continue to come in, and I am so grateful that so many have chosen to support my run by giving to an organization I believe in. I absolutely trust that, in time, one of the dollars we raise will be the one that wipes out MS. And that's the real gift.