Courage Runs. {5k Part II}

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Running requires courage.

For me, running involves dealing with self-discipline and fear. The kind that knots up and builds until it’s a solid weight inside, continually adding pressure to the simplest things. Testing new roads, planning space on crammed days, pushing past perceptions, trying to outrun myself- both literally and mentally. Half the battle is won by me simply lacing up my shoes.

When I signed up for a 5k on my college campus (story on that here: First Steps {5k Part I + Training Tips}), it was actually the second one I had signed up to run on that day. I’ve been learning a lot about taking a chance and doing those things you dream about doing, because you’ll regret not taking the opportunity. Secretly, I have wanted to run the TWLOHA Run For It annual 5k since hearing about it last year. But honestly, I was scared of the committment of training and running it by myself, especially since it was a virtual race.

When I saw posters and signups for an in-person race on campus for the same day, it made it easier to join. I had a friend to run with. But I was still facing the nagging fear of not doing this race, because I knew I’d be disappointed in myself. So, once I’d registered for the other one, deciding to take the plunge and sign up for the TWLOHA race was made easier. And I was so excited and satisfied with this decision.

So I combined the two races, considering my First Steps race as the tangible course for the virtual Run For It race. Having the two causes, one for adoption and the other for hope, made it so much more meaningful in the training and running. At the starting line, with closed eyes, a whispered prayer, shaking energy coursing through my veins, and the Saturday sun beaming bright, it was a freeingly joyful reminder that this was for a purpose.

To Write Love on Her Arms is an organization I strongly support. The picture below explains why: image3

Between the support of Switchfoot, who has written some of the most impactful lyrics that are now tattoed on my soul, and the words of the organization’s founder (which are seriously incredible, I highly recommend checking out his book If You Feel Too Much), I was drawn in. I’ve seen firsthand – both in my own journey and others –  the importance of hope, of knowing that in the everyday ordinary every person has a story to tell, that we all matter. And so getting to run this race with that message in mind was incredible. THIS is what I ran for…

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… and it was SO worth it.

Running takes courage, for some, more than others. Signing up takes courage. Showing up takes courage. Pursuing dreams takes courage. Hope takes courage. Choosing to live as if your story matters everyday requires the greatest courage. Everyday, you and I get to make this choice, to get up, to run and move for what matters. Run for it.

 

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