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Best Buddies 5K

On Saturday I ran my heart and soul out for the belief that friendship is for all.

I ran and when I grew tired, I thought about Big Brother and about how hard he must work each day.  I thought about how he never gives up and always fights, no matter how hard it is. I thought about how easy a race must be in comparison to living without friendship and in comparison to living with Autism.

I ran and thought to myself what a blessing it is to have two strong legs and two healthy lungs.  I thought about how blessed I am that I can show my gratefulness each day by using my gift to help others.

I ran and watched over 1000 smiling faces running for those who couldn’t and for those who are their best buddies.

I ran for team Big Brother and all those like him.

I ran and ran hard with a smile on my face, choking back tears as I saw countless runners sporting pictures of their best buddies.

The sun was strong and the hills were high, but I finished in 35 minutes keeping a steady pace throughout.  I was proud.  But more importantly, I couldn’t wait to go home and hold one of my best buddies after the race:

It was a good day.

Run Like No One’s Watching

Once upon a time I used to look at people who ran and think that they must enjoy misery.  I truly couldn’t understand why anyone would want to run.  I personally hated to run.  Hike 13 miles up a mountain?  No problem.  Paddle for 8 hours straight?  You betcha. But run one mile….no way.

In all fairness, I always felt like I was doing something wrong when I ran.  Did I look ridiculous? Was I wearing the right shoes?  How fast and how far was I supposed to run?  Fast forward about 10 years and here I am, not only completing every 5K I can find**, but now training for a half-marathon.

Yes, you read that right. I’m training to participate in a very special half-marathon that will take place in October.  I’m no where near ready, but I’m training hard and making progress with each run.  And who cares what I look like when I run or what shoes I wear (although I did find some awesome ones, for sure).  I guess that’s what happens when you age….you start doing things for you, not for the approval of others.

Now that I’m older and a smidge wiser, I find that I really do enjoy running.  Not only is it a great challenge for me, but I truly love trail running in the woods near my house.  It’s such a great time to connect with nature, and such a release as well.

photo from Rising Above Ministries

So I decided to push myself hard and train for a half marathon–but not just any half marathon.  I will be participating and partnering with a special needs ministry.  I will cross the finish line with a special needs participant, and I cannot wait!!  Not only do I get to run for myself and see how far I can push myself, but I get to help someone else in the process.  If you live in the Tennessee area, I encourage you to check it out.  They are in need of more runners and special needs participants.  It’s an awesome reason to run!




**Now that my ankle is healing nicely, I am planning on participating in the Best Buddies 5K on Saturday.  A big thank you to all who have donated.  There is still time to donate to this wonderful cause, please check out this post to learn more!!

Friendship for All: Why I’m Running for Best Buddies

In his own words, let Big Brother tell you what he would like to do with his friends…

Remember this post? Running for a Special Cause {Best Buddies 5K}  I’m raising funds for this wonderful organization, in honor of Big Brother!

“Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

I’m running because I believe that friendship is for all. Please consider donating for this great cause.  You can find my very own secure donation page here. If every reader donated just $1, I would be able to reach my goal!  I encourage you to check out this great organization further by visiting their website. If you can’t donate, please share this post!

Thank you all!




Running for a Special Cause {Best Buddies 5K and Fundraiser}

You may have recalled that I recently ran my first 5K (well, the first one in many, many years) that benefitted Soles4Soles, an amazing foundation that provides shoes for those around the globe who don’t even own a single pair.  Now I’m at it again, but this time it’s for a cause that is super near and dear to my heart.

On August 25th, I will be racing in honor of my sweet Big Brother.  The organization that is sponsoring the 5K is called Best Buddies:

“Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that establishes a global volunteer movement that enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by matching them into one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers.  There are 7.5 million Americans with intellectual disabilities, and 200 million worldwide, and they are the most neglected and undervalued population in the world.  As such, children with intellectual disabilities often grow up experiencing a life of rejection and isolation.”

They do much more in helping individuals with disabilities, like opportunities for job placement and leadership roles. This is an organization that I believe will serve Big Brother as he grows older. I am so happy to support such a great cause!

But I need your help.  I am raising funds to support this great organization.  Please consider donating or sharing this post.  You can find my secure donation page here. Thank you for you help and support!!

My Sanctuary


noun (plural sanctuaries)

  • A place of refuge or asylum
  • A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque
  • A reserved area in which birds and other animals, especially wild animals, are protected from hunting or molestation
  • holy place; a temple


This morning marked day 4 of my What’s Beautiful challenge. I’m feeling good so far! I chose to make a morning run at one of my favorite places. I think this sign says it all:


I didn’t let a little rain slow me down:


How could I not want to enjoy the solitude and tranquility of this place?




The run was made even better by the constant sweet aroma of honeysuckles that lined the trail:


I have another run planned this evening with a sweet friend of mine.  I think I might just let out a little roar!