Why do you run?

Lately I have been getting the question, “Why do you run so much?”  I have the simplest response, “Once you have endured real emotional pain, you figure out a little physical pain never killed anyone”. I survived the emotional turmoil that was caused by the murder of my brother and a few miles definitely won’t kill me.

I also really like the motto of Sean Astin and his Run3rd crew.

“I run 1st for my myself, I run 2nd for my family, and I #run3rd for you.”
                                                                        ~Sean Astin 
Running is very cathartic for me, just like writing.  It helps relieve some of my pent up stress.  I think, I sing, I cry (and rarely from physical pain), and I remember.  My brother was a runner, actually the true runner in our family.  When I hit mile 10 of the Disney Princess Half Marathon the remix of Forever Young came on my shuffled playlist.  I knew my brother Brandon was running with me.  He will always be forever young to me.  There is no drug in my humble opinion that could ever give me the stress relief or mental clarity that running does.  

Thanks to Smartphones and an app from Charity Miles it is super easy to do charity while you run (walk or bike).  You simply download the Charity Miles app which is free, swipe your screen to start and select your charity from a vast list of organizations.

I am not sure they could have made Charity Miles easier to use.  I have heard of people using it while they are shopping at the mall, working (great for healthcare professionals who are on their feet in a clinical setting or hospital), and you can even help a charity while doing very dreaded house work!
The app is absolutely free and ridiculously simple to use.  They don’t spam your email or harass you.  They use our everyday tasks to help out a whole variety of charities.

Two of my favorites are:
United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign which advocates for global vaccination
Wounded Warrior Project which provides life saving and sustaining services to wounded service members.

All of the current charities include:
United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets
United Nations Foundation Girl Up
United Nations Foundation Shot@Life
United Nations Foundation World Food Programme
RED the Global Fund
Every Mother Counts
The Nature Conservancy
Pencils of Promise
Partnership for a Healthier America
Habitat for Humanity
Autism Speaks
Feeding America
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Stand Up To Cancer
Wounded Warrior Project
Ironman Foundation
Achilles International

Please help spread the word about the Charity Miles app and the wonderful organizations that profit.  It is an incredibly easy app to help some very deserving charitable organizations.

Happy Thoughtful Tuesday,

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  • Reply SeanAstinFan 05/03/2013 at 6:41 pm

    Hi, could you please include a link to Sean’s run3rd blog? http://run3rd.blogspot.com

    Thank you!

  • Reply JUrgelles 05/03/2013 at 6:54 pm

    There is a link when you click on Run3rd crew and in my sidebar, they don’t appear unless you hover over them. Also sorry about the name, I never noticed it was autocorrecting astin to austin. I need to turn off my autocorrect, this isn’t the first time. When I wrote about the VAWA, it autocorrect my entire document to VAMA. It was equally unfunny. Thanks for stopping by!

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