Together we can make a difference. 

On October 20, 2013, I will be running 26.2 miles in my first marathon (the Des Moines IMT Marathon). During my half marathon training last year, I decided this year's race would be about something more than personal achievement so I am running to raise money to build a clean water well in India. The need is great but all it takes is a few friends giving $1/mile to impact thousands of lives. Would you consider supporting me in this effort?

DONATE HERE or you can mail your donation to GPPD (address below) with a note that you are giving toward Houdeshell clean water well campaign. Enter total donation amount below.

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Feel free to follow my journey below. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:55 AM

Running 26.2 Miles for Water This Weekend

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:55 AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:55 AM

Everywhere you look we have access to clean water and most of the time we take it for granted. It's not until there is a problem (e.g., flooding, natural dissaster, boil order) that we think about our need for water. Unfortunately, milliions of people around the world don't have that luxury because they don't have access to clean water. It doesn't have to be that way. Building one clean water well can support a villiage of around 4,000 people and last beyond a lifetime. Rather than wait for someone else to do something, I've decided to take action and run 26.2 miles for clean water! Would you consider supporting me in this effort today? Together we can make a positive impact on the world that doesn't take an act of Congress!

Sunday, October 6, 2013 8:45 PM

Calm Before the Storm

Sunday, October 6, 2013 8:45 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2013 8:45 PM

At this point, I've put in most of the hard work. The challenge in the next couple weeks is staying motivated and concentrating on proper nutrition. I missed one workout this week but ran three times for a total of 26.5 miles. Looking at four workouts this week for a total of 19 miles. I'm so grateful for the donations that have come in so far but need to pray for more supporters. Continued prayers for health and injury-free workouts is much appreciated.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:05 PM

Time to taper

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:05 PM
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:05 PM

It's less than three weeks to the marathon, I've logged well over 350 training miles and am beginning to taper off on my weekly miles. My longest run was 20 miles a couple weeks ago. It was a strong run but I was exhausted at the end. I'll have to push to get to 26.2 miles. I had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls last week. It was incredible to see the power of water as it fell from the top of the falls to the bottom. As I reflected on this experience, I thought about the power that clean water can have on a villiage. For so many, it is the difference between life and death. Thank you for partnering with me to build a clean water well and make a positive difference in the world.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 8:43 PM

Training in Colorado

Sunday, September 15, 2013 8:43 PM
Sunday, September 15, 2013 8:43 PM

I had the priviledge to spend the last week on vacation in Vail, CO. The mountains offered two challenges: thin air and big hills. Despite the difficult conditions, I finished my mid-week training runs and the scenery was incredible. I finished the week off with my long run of 18 miles. Somewhere around 12 miles I began to realize this has to be the toughest thing I've ever attempted to do but I keep reminding myself that these struggles are small in comparison to the challenges of not having clean water. Looking forward to a day of rest tomorrow!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:26 PM

Marathon training thus far...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:26 PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:26 PM

I've just started my 12th week in a 17-week training schedule and I continue to be amazed at what God allows me to do. So far I have logged 262 miles, my weekly long runs are longer than a 1/2 marathon and I have overcome a lot of hurdles. Two weeks ago, I sprained a toe on my left foot and got to the point I couldn't walk. Three days later, my foot was healed and I ran 8 miles pain free. Praise God! I spend a lot of my training time worshiping and praying for friends and family. Lately I have been thinking and praying for those lives that will be impacted by having a Clean Water Well.

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