I enjoy getting the medals, t-shirts, and having that sense of accomplishment.
But, I wanted more. I wanted a bigger purpose.
Through a friend on Facebook, I came across an organization called I Run 4 (IR4).
I immediately signed up to be paired with a buddy. I then had to wait...and wait...and wait. The waiting list was long, so the wait was about three months.
Finally, RIGHT before running my third half marathon in Florida, I was paired with my running buddy.
Her name is Yusra and she is absolutely adorable. Yusra lives in Australia and has down syndrome. She is a very smart girl and I am blessed to be a small part of her life.
I've been able to run two half marathons for Yusra so far. I really became burnt out with running after my last half and my running has scaled back a lot (that's what happens when you cram four half marathons in a year). But, I still get out there and I'm planning to do some races next year.
It's so easy to sign up as a runner or to sign someone up to be paired with a runner. Just go here and follow the instructions.
I run for Yusra. Who do YOU run for?