Monday, October 14, 2013

Motivation Monday - Who I Run 4

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I'm baaaack! First off, I just want to say thank you again to all the amazing people who guest posted for me while I was away healing up. You're all so amazing!

A quick explanation: You all heard me whine and complain for a couple weeks about being sick. I had sinus surgery a few years ago for a host of issues, and ever since I've become very prone to severe sinus infections. Which, was what this started out as. I was put on an antibiotic and after a week, I wasn't any better, and in fact worse. At this point, the doctor was concerned it was moving down into my chest. Because of a nasty go of pneumonia less than a year ago, he decided to put me on a very strong antibiotic even though I have a history of some pretty nasty affects from it. 

It's been a long month, to say the least. I've been feeling better for a few days now. This antibiotic inflames your tendons which puts you at risk to blow one out. I have spent the past few weeks with my feet up and have gotten lots of quality lion cuddles and crochet in. No workouts has had me pretty antsy though! Good news is, I have the go-head to get back into my workouts. 

So, enough of all that rambling. I have something to share with you all today that I am so excited about! 

If you follow me on IG, you have probably noticed a new hashtag the past couple of days: #ir4dakota. 
Back in August, I was introduced to an organization that is changing my life on a daily basis.

About a year ago, founder Tim Boyle, posted a picture from his very first 5K race. A facebook friend (Michael) who is confined to a wheel chair, commented and said "You can run for me anytime!" Thus, I Run For Michael was born. This non-profit organization, takes special needs people (mainly children) who, for various reasons, cannot do much physical activity for themselves and partners them with a "runner" (or walker, crossfitter, swimmer, biker etc...). 

It was a long 2 month wait to be partnered with my buddy. Word is spreading quickly through the running community, so the list of runners waiting for buddies is long. But the wait is worth it. My buddy is 17 year old Dakota. Dakota has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheel chair. In the short week that we have been buddies, I have grown to love him and his family dearly. They are so strong, positive and are impacting my life in ways they will never know. From this point forward, I run and workout for Dakota. 

The way it works is, when you complete a workout, you post in the IR4 group to your buddy. You share your workout, pictures, anything to help motivate them and make their day a little brighter. In the past 2 months, I have laughed, I have cried, I have been touched and motivated by the amazing stories and people. There just are not words to describe it! Please, check it out and see for yourself HERE.

I Run 4 Dakota - Who Do You Run 4?


  1. Glad to hear you're doing better. I'm not a runner AT ALL but I exercise for my 2 girls. ;)

  2. So glad you are feeling better! Don't over do, says Momma Gwen! :)

  3. Such an awesome organization! I am checking it out right now!

  4. That is sooo sooo great! I'm laying here in tears reading about the IR4. I'll have to see if my city does something like that.

  5. So glad to hear you are feeling better. That had to have been pretty miserable. I love the idea of the IR4. What great motivation for running!


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