I recently joined a new “running group.” I put that in quotations because it really goes way beyond running, which I think is exactly why I wanted to join. Generally, I run because it keeps me healthy and my dog needs the exercise. In OutRUN 38, I have found an actual passion for running that I have never felt before. I believe that passion is derived from doing it for someone else, for any one else, because I can.
I first learned about OutRUN the Odds when interviewing our Mom of the Month (and newest monthly blogger), Lindsay Rizza. Lindsay talked about her connection to OutRUN 38, grounded in her friendship with the group’s inspiration, Elizabeth Shuman. Liz was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) when she was seven years old when the life expectancy was twelve. Last year, OutRUN 38 was started by Liz’s best friend Nicole Burke, to bring runners together to celebrate Liz’s 38th birthday by running 3,800 miles. Those milestones were surpassed with flying colors and lots of smiles.
To be clear, I have never met Liz, or Nicole, or many of the people who are members of OutRUN 38, but I still feel connected to their mission. Maybe it’s because of the loss I’ve felt from other illnesses, or the truly genuine and hopeful messages spread from a positive outlook on life. Whatever the reason, I’m thankful to have been touched…to finally feel passionate about lacing up my sneakers (or snow boots) and heading out the door. I’m not sure where this new-found love will take me, but I definitely see some new running-related goals in my future. In the meantime, my plan is to #JustBreathe and #RunHappy 🙂
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