"Run with purpose in every step"

Saturday, August 2, 2014

“So I run with purpose in every step.” - 1 Corinthians 9:24

We run to be fit. To be fit means you’re healthy. Being healthy means we live longer. Many of us run because we feel like we have to. But did you ever think to yourself that there are other reasons out there to be running? Not just to make ourselves a healthier YOU but to run for another purpose that has nothing to do with you at all.

Last night I was blessed because from now on, I Run 4 Liam.

On April 10th I signed up for a group called “I Run 4.” It’s a group of runners/walkers/workout enthusiasts from around the world who dedicate workouts/runs/fitness activities for a partnered buddy. All of the buddies are children/adults with special needs or disabilities of some kind. The purpose of this group is to learn, educate, support and love each other. Appreciate the fact that you CAN run because for some, they will never be able to experience it.

The runners and buddies interact with each other via Facebook (through their parents) and build further relationships on a daily basis via text messaging, email, FaceTime, etc. Buddies and partners are matched from all over the world so your runner could be from California or even England!  (here is the FB page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/irunformichael/)

Back in April I started out on the waiting at number 2,578 and today my wait is over. I’ve been dreaming about this day, some nights thinking I was matched with a handsome little boy and other nights dreaming about being paired with a sweet little angel girl. Patience is a virtue and I now understand why. Because this wait has been worth it.

Like the thousands of others in this group, I can’t wait to run for Liam.  I knew in this world of running there was a bigger purpose for me to hit the pavement (not just self-torture) and this group has helped me discover that. I Run 4 is one of the most supportive groups I have ever been a part of and I can’t wait to start my journey with Liam. Here we go Liam!!

Do you want your own buddy? It's so simple to sign up -- go here and follow all of the steps http://www.whoirun4.com/match-me/. It'll be the best thing you ever wait for, I promise!


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