I ran as part of my team sports (basketball, lacrosse, soccer) until the end of college, and then it dropped from my daily routine.
On July 27, 2014, I went for my first run in 21 years. I needed to make changes, and running was the first thought in my head to make them real. I instituted 3 change-making rules for myself:
- Take a small step
- Do it again
- Be nice to yourself
That first day, I ran 1.32 miles at 9:15 pace. The next day 1.51 miles, then 1.75…. I am now 108 runs into the new me, 486 miles banked. I hit my first personal goal: I brought home my own pumpkin pie from the Columbus Ohio Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. I am running outside through the snowiest month in Boston history. My small steps have become many steps and big personal change.
My next goal is running the Boston Marathon this April for Team UNICEF. UNICEF also works in many small steps that become life-changing for the world’s children, providing nutrition, clean water, vaccines, safe spaces to play, schools in all situations imaginable (and unimaginable), and protection for dangers natural and human. UNICEF puts children first in all things.
Team UNICEF has set a lofty fundraising goal for our first Boston Marathon, and all funds we raise will go to UNICEF Kid Power, a new opportunity for American children to take steps in their lives to make a difference for their peers around the world. 1 in 4 American children is inactive and 1 in 4 children worldwide is malnourished. With Kid Power, one day of activity for an American child—12,000 steps—unlocks funding for a packet of therapeutic food for a malnourished child, which literally saves lives. Click on the short video at the left to learn more.
$50 activates one American child and saves the life of a child overseas. It is a small step to save two kids, to set them both on the path to a healthy, happy future. With small steps like these, we change the world.
I will wear my Kid Power band while training and I would be so grateful for your support, in any amount. Thank you from me, and on behalf of the world's children!