I used to be a runner. Well, not really. What a cold open-let me try again. I ran cross country in middle school and track in high school. I was only highly mediocre, so I was on the teams but I never broke any records or scored major points for my schools. Looking back, I realize now that I didn't know how to push myself. I mean really exert and flat RUN! (The main thing that helped me understand was childbirth-I discovered that throughout my entire athletic career I had never really pushed myself to the limit.)
I run now, too. Well, not really. I'll try that again, too. I jog. It helps with keeping healthy, you know, and there are fun runs all year long all around the country. I ran the 5K for Children's Hospital back in 2005 with my brother. More accurately stated--I ran behind my brother by about 5 minutes. It was fun, though, and I clocked a decent time.
I'm running (jogging) again these days, and I have a purpose. Perhaps you've heard of the situation in Congo. More specifically, the plight of women in the Congo. Rape is used, today, right now, as a systematic tactic of war.
On October 16th, I will be running 5K in the Run/Walk for Congo Women. Funds raised will go to Women for Women International to provide basics like food, clothing, medicine, education, victim support, and more. If you have a couple of dollars to spare, would you donate here? My team has set a very modest goal, but a little goes a long way in the Congo. It's hard to train, and hard to run a race, but comparing my very mild exertion to what these women do to live is no contest. It really is the very least I can do. I hope you'll help me make an impact.