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Authentic Self

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BENEFITING: GIRLS ON THE RUN INTERNATIONAL

EVENT DATE: Dec 06, 2015

Cat Ogle

THE STORY:

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that inspires our youth, "to be joyful, healthy, and confident," and I want to assist them in their mission. Here's why:

One night during bible study, the women and men separated into different rooms. As I spoke with the other strong and intelligent women in the group we came across a frightening conclusion - no one thought that they were good enough. Low self esteem among women is a huge issue in our society. We are constantly bombarded with messages that can rob us of our confidence and of our lives (for females 15-24 years of age, anorexia nervosa associated mortality rate is 12 times higher than the mortality rate associated with all other causes of death). For this reason, I am supporting a cause that is giving girls a chance to build their confidence and self esteem through something that is very close to my heart - running.

I witnessed first hand what sexual assault can do to a person. I have also seen its destruction on those around me, including my mother who is currently working to lessen the effects of her PTSD from years of abuse. While I was struggling with my own experiences, God gave me running, and it quite literally saved my life. Running gave me freedom: freedom to go wherever I wanted by my own power and will, freedom to roam the roads or the trails, freedom to trust others and most importantly, freedom to be my authentic self. I want this freedom for the generations coming up. I want them to experience it and hold onto it when they face diversity, or use it to overcome something that they have already endured. This is why I am supporting Girls on the Run by running in the California International Marathon on December 6, 2015. I will be training to reach my next PR in honor of the fight that many women (one in every THREE American women to be exact) go through to overcome sexual assault and its resulting effects. In addition to this site, every outdoor mile of my training will be logged on Charity Miles in support of this great cause. I am also starting a blog, authenticself31.wordpress.com, that I will update weekly for those who are interested in seeing how the training is going (and hopefully be inspired to run a few miles themselves ;]). 

"Success comes in finding your authentic self, the person you truly are, and becoming that person, tapping all of that untapped potential.” 
-George Sheehan 

Psalm 31

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