Ride for a Reason: I Did it for The Jude


I did it for The Jude…

As most of you know I’m a marathoner, certified running coach and certified group x instructor. I’ve tried my hand at spinning twice only to have walked out of the class because my head wasn’t in the game nor at the time I wanted to challenge myself. I didn’t have anything to prove to myself or to anyone. I didn’t have a reason.

Today, all of that changed. As a St. Jude Heroes Ambassador, I was given the task and the challenge to RIDE FOR A REASON. That reason was to end childhood cancer, for the kids of St. Jude, and so that parents may never receive a bill.

I was quite hesitant at first because I thought I would fail as I did twice before, but once I got there a sense of peace fell upon me. I had to change my mindset that I was in competition with no one but myself and to give it my all. At check in, I was given a wristband with the number 45 on it signifying I would be riding on bike #45. I knew it was a sign that everything was going to be alright because I’m 45, in pretty good shape, and I was doing it for the Jude.

If the kids can endure chemo, staying within the hospital for years at a time, and have the courage and strength to fight for one more day, I can spin for them for an hour.

Spinning is quite contrary to running. It was a different kind of sweat, endurance and it was paired with aerobic activity and weights while we were still spinning! Talking about a total body workout, but it was fun, the music was on point, and the most important part is I didn’t die lol! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

I lasted the entire time for my first full spin class and to say so myself I totally rocked it lol. Yeah, I had to pat myself on the back and my behind…that bike seat though ๐Ÿ˜‚.

I think I’ve found a new cross training routine that I’ll add to my own personal fitness regimen. I know it will definitely help me to grow stronger in my running.

Over 117 Lifetime Fitness gyms across the country participated in the RIDE FOR A REASON event this morning. The Memphis/Collierville location raised over $35,000 and so far rank #4 overall in the country. We as a city love St. Jude! It’s never too late to give and you can always give at any time. Just go to their website at

I’m walking in September and running in December. I would love for you to donate or be on one of my teams. I’ll keep you posted as well as the other fitness events that are taking place with St. Jude.

I hope you got some kind of workout in today for I know I did and it was for a good reason. My personal health and the opportunity to provide life and health to others who are not as fortunate.

Happy Saturday. Live and Be Well!