16 more weeks. Sounds like it’s so far away, but I know that the marathon will be creeping its way to me soon! This past Saturday’s run was B R U T A L. Our team runs are starting at 8am for now and changing to 7am after the half marathon in August (who knows why). So what should have been an easy 6 mile run turned out to be horrendous… I guess it didn’t help that my group was running at a faster pace than expected, that, coupled with the blazing sun and humidity did NOT mix well with my body. After the run, Frankie and I immediately jumped into the lake to cool off… running gear and all. It was a fantastic way to cool off!
At one point in the—what should have been short and easy run, I turned to Frankie who was making it look so easy and said, “why the freak am I doing this to myself again????”! His answer: “For Mersi.” For several years now, I have been sponsoring a child through World Vision, her name is Mersi and her family struggles to afford living even the simple life. She is the face to the issue of poverty, her family is the reason why World Vision exists, and their day to day struggles are the reasons why I am running. So in the end, it’s not about me, it’s about the issues. About 68% of Zambians live below the international poverty line. That’s less than $1 a day. And while we are here, yes, in a time of economic decline, budget cuts and unemployment, it’s not even comparable. I can’t even begin comprehending what it would be like to live in a community where children and families are forced to live without the most basic life necessities. I don’t mean to use this to guilt people into taking action. It’s not about guilt, it’s about compassion, love, and justice. Please consider joining me and Frankie in our Run for Life. Visit our site: www.firstgiving.com/alicewightman.