From here on the fundraising tips section will start with a very simple thought:  If you have not yet written a letter to your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you in your efforts on this team, do it now.  There is truly no better way to make a difference for our beneficiaries.   See the fundraising tips for week 4 for specifics on how to write an ask letter. 

For those who have written their letter.....

This week we ask for your assistance in raising funds by obtaining business sponsors.    We can email, call and introduce ourselves to business everywhere but nothing we do will be as effective as YOU asking businesses that YOU patronize.  

So the challenge this week is to pick three business and speak to them about Steps Together.  Think about where your relationships are the strongest - be it your dry cleaner, your children's pediatrician or even a favorite dining spot and head there with information about our sponsorship program.

When I feel funny about asking, I put myself in the shoes of our beneficiaries.   The few minutes of feeling awkward asking is nothing in comparison to the journey many of them are on.  Revisit the fundraising tips from week 3 on overcoming your fearing of asking.   Remember the sell is easy as business sponsors are promoted to teams across NJ, they are also promoted to what could be considered the most passionate walking/running team ever collaborated. 




The truth is we know that most of you didn’t join the team because you love walking or running.  So we've gathered a few tips to help you survive the distance over these next several weeks. 


1.  Break Down The Distance.  

When things get tough during your training just focus on completing the mile that you are in. When you get through that one, make it one more.   Use landmarks or people when you feel like you just can't go anymore.   Tell yourself you can make it to that building 300 yards ahead, then to that tree 200 years ahead of that, then pass that guy.    We always find that thinking about going out and training for a certain amount of time is much easier than thinking of the distance.  Thirty minutes seems easier than 3 miles right? 


2.  Repeat a Mantra or song...  Find something that gets you fired up and repeat it to yourself when things get tough...

'Do or do not; there is no try.' ....Brian Sell, 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner.

"Pure guts race" ....Steve Prefontaine.

"Run the mile you are in."....Ryan Hall, 2008 U.S. Olympic marathoner.  

"Pain is temporary; quitting lasts forever." ... Unknown, because he may have accidently taken drugs during the Tour.


3.  See Success and make things up.

Think about successful times you've had....crossing the finish lines in previous races, winning games or competitions. 

Make things up....pretend you are passing that person who really annoyed you yesterday.  Try turning the course into an imaginary vacation spot where you take in all the scenery.  


4.  Think Hard and Focus on Something (other than walking/running). 

Rather than thinking about that slight pain you feel or how tired your legs are try focusing on your form.  Is my face relaxed?  Are my shoulders relaxed?  Are my fingers so loose that it's like I'm carrying a potato chip in each hand?  Moving your focus to something positive will help change your mindset.   Some people like to count.  Count to 100 three times and before you know it a few more tenths of a mile are gone.


5.  Remember a reward.

Think about that well deserved bowl of ice cream or glass of wine you might have when you finish your training.  Book a massage or go to a favorite restaurant as a reward to keep you pushing through each mile.


6.  Stay Motivated by all the people watching you. 

Try your best not to be that person who can barely take another step walking down the road.  Be motivated to look strong for the person in the next car that passes you.


7.  Add in some speed.

Break up the last miles by doing 1/4 mile or 2 min pick-ups.   It's a great way to loosen your legs and break up the monotony.  Unsure of the distance, pick it up between telephone poles.

8.  Keep it in Perspective.

Think of the tough things you've done in your life and realize that these few miles are nothing.  


9.  Count Your Blessings.

Given the reason that this team has come together, this should be simple.  Is walking or running a few more minutes or miles really something to complain about?  Not at all.