Because I'm not a famous actor like SOME people ;) I decided to honor my #run3rd dedications by making a shirt with all of the dedications listed. I just got a plain white tank top and used permanent markers and went to work! Once I was done and put it on, I felt SO PROUD to be running in honor of so many important causes and people. It really did give me an extra boost of energy for the day. I shared the shirt on Facebook and some of the people who are honored on the shirt saw it and were very touched to see their cause featured.
|Headed for the finish line|
|Crossing the finish line with my two girls!|
After the race, I refueled with water and snacks. As I was sitting down, a woman around my age came up and said "I just had to tell you that I was running behind you and I read the back of your shirt over and over to keep me going through the race." I responded with a "REALLY?!?!?!" and explained #run3rd to her. She said she was new to running (started the same time I did) and would have to check it out. She thanked me for giving her inspiration and left. I was so touched! I was also so happy that the word was spreading on the causes that were important to people I knew.
We stuck around for a while afterwards so that my 5 year old could participate in the kids 100 yard dash. While we waited, I had a lot of people come up and ask me if they could read the back of my shirt. I'd stand still and they'd read everything and sometimes comment about what they were reading. It was amazing.
I truly enjoyed being a Team Captain for #run3rd and plan to continue my #run3rd ways. I will be running in the Capital City River Run Half Marathon on 9/16 and the Detroit International Half Marathon on 10/21. I've been so busy my running has fallen to the wayside, so the race in September will be rough, but I refuse to quit and will collect my #run3rd dedications to help get me through the race. I hope to be a little bit more prepared in October, but will still need all of the #run3rd help I can get!
I've learned that no matter how small you think your impact is, it is still a big impact to someone. Keep #run3rd-ing! :)