Those of you who know me have seen how much running for a reason means to me. My running for a cause, for a purpose began with the 26.2 with Donna in 2013. After running my first marathon at the DONNA, I felt immensely close to the race and cause behind it. Being able to run toward a goal to finish breast cancer meant, and still does mean a lot to me. Knowing that I can possibly make a difference in someone’s life just by advocating for them through donations and running a marathon…well, it made me feel that I was doing SOMETHING to help, even if it wasn’t big.
I knew that when I got into my dream race, the NYC Marathon that I wanted to run it for more than just myself. The reward for me is being able to enjoy the journey and make my dreams of running through New York City come true. I feel blessed to be able to lace up my running shoes and get out there everyday. Doing something for yourself is great, and we all should ensure we pursue our dreams and passions in life. Those feelings and emotions toward that dream was put there for a reason. It’s for you.
After running two races in Jacksonville for the DONNA, my heart wanted to continue that with NYC. So, I put up a post on facebook yesterday to my friends asking them who in their life I could run a mile for. The response blew me away. It didn’t take long before all 26 miles were set to be run in memory of a loved one, or in honor of a survivor. My friends are special people, as are their stories of hope, courage and love. I may have never met their loved one, but I feel honored to be able to run a mile for them. Every single one of them are heroes in my book. Some taken from their family and friends before their time.
I will be running miles for breast cancer survivors, leukemia warriors, kidney disease, and all other forms of cancer. It’s a blessing to be able to have these amazing individuals in mind as I push through the miles in all five boroughs. When I have a tough moment, I will think of each one of these angels and survivors as if they were right there beside me.
Have you run for a cause or reason?
I’d love to hear about it!