I began running so that I could eat extra food on Thanksgiving.
While the above sentence might be a slight exaggeration, the first race I did was with my sister and best friend – and it was the Detroit Turkey Trot. I don’t remember a lot surrounding that race, but I do remember finishing and getting the runners “high”. And then they handed me a finishers medal? I was hooked.
(And I did eat extra food that day, as well. Because…Turkey.)
Since that race, I’ve run a few half-Marathons, a few more Turkey Trots, some 5K’s, and a couple of Marathons (both Chicago). I tell people that I enjoy running – but truth be told, I enjoy finishing runs. The sense of accomplishment is addicting!
Running for a cause, specifically Team World Vision, began in 2012 with my first Chicago Marathon. This kind of running was different. Sure, I was running the same miles…but there was an added element of putting myself out there for the sake of someone else. #Fundraising.
As I’ve grown over the years and learned more about how I’m wired, I’ve learned that I can lean towards finding worth/value in what other people think of me. This shows itself in my running. When I post about a run, will people think I’m awesome? Will people notice my time, or how many miles I ran? That kind of thinking is not always prevalent, but it’s there more than I’d like to admit. It’s the ugly side of how I sometimes use social media.
For me, running for a cause turns that type of thinking on its head. I’m no longer posting so that people think I’m awesome (although battling that mindset still exists). Now, I’m posting so that people…kids…in Africa don’t have to walk 3 miles one way just to get water (and the water they do get is often dirty).
I’m posting so that communities can gain access to a sustainable source of clean water. Water equals redeemed time. Water equals education. Water equals health.
Water Equals Life.
So will you join me? $50 allows one kid to never have to walk for water again – ever. My goal is help 200 kids experience that reality.
I’ll run the miles (and not just because it allows me to eat a little more on Thanksgiving). My hope is that you’ll join in and help bring clean water to those who need it.