I’m Running 200 Miles For Charity

I hate running, so why in the world am I running 200 miles? Even if it is for charity?

Quite a few months ago, I started to feel the urge to run. I had never enjoyed running before, though I wasn’t keen on working out in the first place, I wouldn’t be caught dead running. This new urge I was feeling, the urge to run, was confusing, to say the least.

I had a gut feeling it was time for me to start running. I felt, in my bones, that I’d enjoy it and that it was something my body and mind needed. I’d been through a lot of various levels of stress over the year and hadn’t had a proper outlet to get those worries off my chest. I could close my eyes and picture myself running my problems away (at least, the stress of the problems).

So, I made it one of my resolutions. To run. And in the Midwest, starting in January, I started running. At my own pace. Not running for anyone or anything except myself. And I surprisingly enjoyed it, despite the blistery cold weather. I chose my favorite charity to run a 5k for in early May, but I didn’t feel I could be ready for a 5k in time.

I decided to do my own charity run, for the same charity, The Love>Hate Project. Starting March 12th, I’d be running a mile a day until October. I know to some, that might seem like such an easy, silly goal…but for me (and for many other non-runners), that’s a huge goal.

I’m doing this for my friend Buck, the father who lost his daughter to a brutal murder, who made national headlines when he forgave his daughters killer AND started a charity on her behalf, hoping to end male on female violence.

I debated choosing another charity closer to my heart, a local women’s shelter, but decided that I didn’t want to take away from donations from other shelters. I ask you to look into your local shelter and volunteer your time or donate needed items such as clothes, food, and feminine products.

The biggest reason for my run is to raise awareness for The Love>Hate Project. While raising money would be awesome, in my world of blogging and social media, word of mouth can be of equal importance.

I’d love you to stay update on this journey of mine. I’ll be sharing photos, complaints, and possible weight loss here, so be sure to subscribe. If you want to donate to my cause, you can click here. If you’d like to know more about The Love>Hate Project, click here.

If you want to help, but aren’t financially able, you can do one of three things.

  • Cheer me on! I need the motivation.
  • Run 200 miles with me! Even if you are across the globe, you can still participate.
  • Share this post! Re-blog it, tag me in one of your Instagram posts (@samantha_sali), share this photo, send this post via email to your grandma…help me get the word out!

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