Every day during our Indiegogo campaign we’re shining a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Sarah Lord….
Here’s what she had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
My greatest accomplishment was the decision to run a half marathon for the first time, which I ran in may 2013 for my dad who has Parkinson’s Disease. That was my best accomplishment because I finished the race and I raised over $3,000 to help find a cure. Since then, I have run six more half marathons in less than a year and hit a pr of 1:47:20. I am going to run the Chicago Marathon in October 2013 for Team Fox, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and my dad.
How did you achieve it?
I followed a training plan and connected with friends to stay motivated to run. I had two other friends that I consistently ran with, sometimes as early as 5 a.m. Having the thought of doing this for my dad helped push me through the bad days. I log almost every race or training run I do on Charity Miles — knowing that even my training could make a difference is an awesome feeling.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
My dad’s struggles with Parkinson’s Disease has taught me a lot about what is truly important in life and also that there are things that each of us can do to make other people’s lives better. I run a lot of races for many causes because I know that every one of us has something or someone we are fighting for — just like I want to fight for my dad. Running has made me a better person.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
Running has become my main source of exercise because it has become my mission. I played volleyball and softball in college so I remain active with sports in general. Sports and exercise have always been a part of my life and who I am.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My parents always taught me that hard work pays off, and that is one of the best lessons I have learned. I am not owed anything by anyone and believe that if I work hard, I can reach my own goals. I want to be a fighter.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
I love that every time I walk my dog, run for exercise or run in a race, I can donate money to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
Every time I lace up my shoes, I run for Wally Lord — he is my dad.