Confessions of an Unmotivated Runner

As many of you know, I love running. I’ve been running since 7th grade, and really haven’t stopped since. But recently, I’ve seriously been lacking motivation. When I was out on a run one morning, I started to think (as I often do on runs) about what it was that has created this lack of motivation for me. I came to the conclusion that the main reason, if not the only reason, I was lacking motivation was because when I thought about all the reasons I was running, they were mostly selfish reasons. The “runner’s high.” The satisfaction of being physically fit. The ability to run faster than the average joe. The alone time to which running naturally lends itself. All of these reasons used to be enough to keep me running. Not anymore. As I’ve gotten older, my importance to myself has dwindled. In a good way. My eyes have been broadened and I have become increasingly aware of a hurting world around me. With awareness comes responsibility.

So right here, right now I will make a commitment. I commit to never run for myself again. I commit to run with a purpose outside of myself. Every mile I run will be a step toward finding a cure. A step toward raising awareness. A step toward raising funds for mentoring. For homelessness. For the least of these.  I’ll run and not worry about what my per-mile pace is because it doesn’t matter; it’s not about me anymore.

The first event is one that I found out about recently with a deadline fast approaching. It’s a 5k on October 21 to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This is an extremely personal race to me because two and a half years ago, my then three-year-old brother, Angel, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) the week of his fourth birthday. T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Since his diagnosis, the lives of my little brother, dad, and step-mom have been forever changed. For the last couple years, Angel’s days have consisted of multiple “finger pokes” and blood sugar checks, at least 4 or 5 insulin shots, and constant carb counting every day. T1D is something Angel will live with for the rest of his life. That is, unless a cure is found.

I am asking for your support.  Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts by going to my fundraising page and following the simple donation instructions.  By doing so, you can help me make a difference for my little brother and millions of other people living with type 1 diabetes.

As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D.  JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.  No amount is too small. $1, $5, $10, $20, $100. Whatever you give will be more money than JDRF had before, so don’t think that any amount is too small!

Thank you so much for your support!