With such an outpouring for the Virtual Run for Sherry, I started thinking a lot about runners and what an incredible bunch we are. I found myself wondering: what is it about running that not only bonds all of us, but makes us want to be better people? I was in fact inspired to do this Virtual Run for Sherry while I was running.
Truth be told, I do most of my deepest and best thinking while running. I have never been able to figure out why this is the case. Is it related to the endorphins? Am I so in the moment that I my mind and spirit simply open up? I don’t know the answer, but I do know that running does magical things for people. It just makes us better. Not only in the physical sense, but in our hearts and minds too.
Running is expansive – it opens you wider than you thought you could go. It gives you courage and confidence to tackle other parts of your life that might otherwise feel unmanageable or impossible.
When I started running three years ago, it was to do a marathon. Plain and simple. To me it was only a physical endeavor, an athletic goal. Before that time, I thought running sucked. It was hard and I hated it because I’d sprint down the block and almost throw up. I had no clue you could pace yourself. I also had no idea what would happen to my psyche once I settled into my runs and listened to my body.
For those who don’t run, I’m not sure they get it. There are a lot of people out there who not only kind of don’t like to run, but they actually HATE it. But for those of us who can’t get enough, it seems it is as much mental and spiritual as it is physical. Running is healing.
At the risk of going on and on and on about all of the support for this run, I will share this:
- On February 11, they will be running in Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Norway, Ecuador, Italy, Cuba, Venezuela, Canada, Puerto Rico and Turkey (just to name a few!)
- Sidney, Montana is joining the virtual run, and details were in today’s Sidney Herald.
- My ten year old brought me the only money she has in the world, $18, to donate. I actually tried to talk her out of it, telling her we’d donate as a family, but she insisted. I accepted, tears in my eyes.
- Another little precious girl I know has taken a mini-box with “Sherry” written on it to school each day for donations.
- I received over 200 comments today with stories of 200 different places where people will be running in groups, as couples, with their families.
There are countless stories of generosity and goodness related to this run. Share yours with me either today or after you run on 2/11.
I wish I could somehow know just how many people will run that day, but I suppose this doesn’t ultimately matter. What matters is that a huge, tremendous, mind-blowing number of us will be out there, doing what WE love because this is how we know best to give back.
Just our feet on the earth sending vibrations to heal. Thank you for joining me.