I can’t believe that I am just one month away from running my first half-marathon! I also can’t believe how excited I am!
When I first decided to sign up for this race and raise money for The Sound of Hope, I was terrified. 13.1 miles is a long way. 2.5-3 hours is a long time to do anything (much less run). $13,100.00 is a lot of money. Along with all of these thoughts were all of the “what if’s” that go with them. What if I can’t run that far? What if I get hurt? What if I can’t convince people that this is a worthy cause? What if I can’t raise the money? What if I can’t provide the things these Swazi kids so desperately need? What if I fail?
I realized in the midst of listing my “what if’s” that they are all about me. Even the ones that sound all sweet and selfless still ultimately land back on me and what I can do. The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized that this isn’t about me at all. It is about kids who need an education. It is about a community that needs medical care. It is about people who need to be reminded that they are loved, valued, and worth every step that will be taken and every dollar that will be raised in the process.
Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at being so excited. I’ve got a great plan to keep up all of my training for the next few weeks so that I can not just survive this half-marathon but maybe even enjoy it a little. I already have over 20 people who have donated over $1,400.00 to help people they have never met and probably never will. I’ve got an amazing team supporting me and reminding me that if I just do the next right thing, God will take care of the rest. I’ve got all of you who see enough value in this to take time out of your day to read about what I am doing. I’ve got incredible friends at The Sound of Hope who have put together the video (above) that shows why I am doing this far better than I could ever write. We all spent hours creating this because we knew it would so vividly express why I’m doing what I’m doing! Please take just 3 minutes to watch it – then click the blue button at the end of the video (or the link below!) and donate to be a part of giving HOPE to those who need it the most!