A few weeks ago I shared a very personal weight loss story with you on my journey to losing over 100+ lbs and how that changed my life.
I was overwhelmed with joy when I received so many messages and emails from my readers who shared how that story inspired them to take charge of their lives and help make them to make a personal commitment to improve their overall health, get fit and make better lifestyle choices. THAT is exactly why I started Inspired by Nick, and when I can see the positive impact it has on other people, it motivates me to keep writing and to keep inspiring! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read, share and message me about that post. I read every single note.
In that post I also shared that in the coming weeks, I would have another fitness inspiration announcement that I would be making. Well, today I’m happy to share with you that this October,
I will be running the FULL 2016 Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon!
This will be my second full marathon, and I couldn’t be more excited to be training for it (in full force)! And let me tell you, training mode is officially on. Checkout how I prepared for my first marathon in under three months!
That means longer runs, a structured strength training program and plenty of nourishing meals. There’s a saying that I read online not long ago that really resonated with me, and definitely holds true in this scenario: “Eat your food as medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.” This is something that I’ve learned to be true over the years, especially when training for a marathon. I cannot stress it enough for anyone else who may be considering running in, or training for their own marathon. The better the food you put into your body, the better your body will perform.
So why choose to run another full marathon? And why support charity: water?
Running another full marathon is part of a bigger goal that I’ve set for myself, and it’s one that I’m dedicated to keeping. That being running three marathons before I turn thirty. It will be a significant personal accomplishment for me once I achieve it and I’m definitely excited about working towards getting there. However, my reason to partner with and support charity: water, is an idea that came to me recently.
A friend of mine shared a very inspiring story with me about how she fundraised $9000 towards running a marathon in Hawaii, whereby all the proceeds would go to Alzheimer’s Disease research. I couldn’t believe it. Not only did she meet the minimum fundraising goal of $9000 all on her own, but she would be running a full marathon in Hawaii’s heat! I was so proud of her. This is really what moved me to get off my ass and start training again, this time for a cause. We’re all here on earth living ONE life, just this one life that we’ve been given, and this was my wake up call to use my time to help make a difference in other people’s lives. If I can help just one person, mission accomplished. So I picked a cause that was personal to me, one that had an affect on how I thought about things.
About two years ago, I was down in Boston at a marketing conference, and one of the spotlight speakers there was the founder of charity: water. This was the first I’d heard of the organization. A team of people who are dedicated to improving our planet. How? By making clean water available to people living in third world countries. People who do not currently have access to clean drinking water.
Why is this important?
Think about how much water we consume in a day. I know personally, a full liter of water is the first thing I put into my body in the morning. Every morning. I do it for the health benefits, and because it’s the best way to flush out all of the toxins in our bodies. But it doesn’t end there. I go on to drink approximately three to four liters a day, on any given day. Is that bad? No.
If I drink less, does it change the access to clean water in countries like Africa? No. But think about how second nature it is for us to have access to something as simple as clean drinking water. We take it for granted, every single day, and yet…
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence combined, including war.
The lack of access to clean water is something whereby, if we don’t see it, or if we don’t hear about it, we don’t think twice about it. It is pretty much an expectation of ours to always have clean drinking water for those of us living in Canada, the U.S., UK and so on. But 1 billion people worldwide do not.
Those are the stats. Period. Now how can we change that? How can we turn our privileges into opportunities for those who need it most?
My goal = $5000. This will give over 160+ people access to clean drinking water!
I will be running the 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Aka, putting myself through several hours of pain, physical exertion and, hopefully no blood, but definitely sweat and tears into achieving this. All with one goal in mind, to help those less privileged. Today, I’m asking for YOUR help. Visit my campaign site and donate what you’d like, any amount will help. And what I love about charity: water, is that they SHOW YOU EXACTLY HOW your donation will help those who need it most.
When I saw the founder of charity: water speak about his organization, he spoke with passion. You could tell that it truly came from an honest place. He got to see first-hand, how underprivileged so many of our fellow citizens are, and he openly shared that with us. We happen to live in a very connected world today, and what I’m getting at here, is that we are ALL responsible for the welfare of our planet. We are all responsible for helping others if and when we can. It’s important to give back to the community, and to the planet by doing what we can to help make a positive difference.
$30 can bring clean water to one person every month
$60 can bring clean water to two people every month
Sponsor me as I run the full 2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to help bring clean drinking water to those who need it most.
A big thank you goes to my good friend and talented Toronto-based photographer; Aminaz of Love Over Lenses
she is always such a joy to work with
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick
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