Mersi.

Just less than a month to go and I will be running 26.2 miles through the streets of Chicago.  It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and that I will be doing this for the second time. Training has been challenging this season; I have run the gamut of feeling happy and fulfilled to frustrated and hopeless.  I’ve set several personal records throughout these last few months but I’ve also limped through several runs, cried from the pain and exhaustion, and have had thoughts of wanting to get hit by a car (I know, SO DRAMATIC!) just so I could legitimately stop.

But in the end, I’m glad I’m doing this again. I’m thankful that I CAN do it again. And I’m determined to make it to that finish line with a smile on my face, with my World Vision shirt with Mersi’s name on my back, and with the knowledge that I have worked and trained my body to carry me through those 26.2 miles for something BIGGER than myself.

Sometimes staying motivated is hard.  Especially at 5am when the alarm goes off and all I want to do is go back to sleep.  I don’t quite know what makes me get out of bed each morning (maybe my guilty conscience), but I do it.  Sean and I have talks on slowing down, sleeping in, and taking it easy. But honestly, I feel like if all I have to do is get up a little earlier in the morning, put in those miles, raise some funds, so a child– like my Mersi can get some clean water, why not?

If you know me, you know that I am not only a social worker by profession, but a social worker by nature.  A social worker for life, for love, for peace, and for social justice.  Running this marathon for Team World Vision fits with me.  Who I am. Who I strive to be.  So, consider taking part in my love for the marginalized, for the oppressed, for the forgotten.  Take those steps with me as I cross that finish line on October 11.

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