As I train for the St. Louis Marathon, I will be raising money for the Back on My Feet organization.
This organization "uses running as a way to help those experiencing homelessness transform their own lives and achieve employment and independent living.The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members obtaining independence through employment, job training and housing (http://www.backonmyfeet.org/about-back-on-my-feet)."
I started running with Back on My Feet just before Christmas. Since then, I have continued to run with the group 1-2 days a week, and have heard a number of stories from different runners. Each runner has a different backround, and a different reason for showing up, but all have the same goal. To be better.
And I guess thats why I showed up too, because that's what running is all about. We start in hope of becoming better, however we define that.
A blurb from the Back on My Feet web page says this well:
"Running offers many strong and powerful lessons for life. Running teaches us: to take things one step at a time; that you can’t cheat life - you have to run miles one through nine to get to 10; when facing an uphill challenge we can persevere or take the easy way and turn around. The lesson we love the most is that if we keep moving forward, we arrive some place different, we arrive stronger and often as better versions of ourselves (http://www.backonmyfeet.org/mission-process)."
I see this fundraiser as a way to support this organization in its mission, but also, as a challenge to myself to keep showing up, and to both motivate and gain motivation from the other members of Back on My Feet.
On the other end, the hope is that we will all be better.