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Self discovery, challenge, self improvement… all those motivations are great, but they are not enough. If the goal was just self improvement I would run enough to improve myself (lose weight, feel better) and I would feel the goal has been achieved. To make a 2700 mile run across the country the motivation has to come from the outside.
I found that motivation on my dear Eden Orfanos. She is very strong. I am not talking about the strength of her body (which is not bad as she has been a marathon runner for many years), but I am talking about the strength of her heart. She chose to help those that cannot help themselves, she sacrifices for others, and she dedicates her life to serve and inspire others. She is the strongest person I know.
So when I am running and feeling pain, I can remember that she has run many marathons, and she felt much more pain than I ever experienced. When I am discouraged I remember talking to her when she has been sleeping in the cold or when we talked on the phone while she was in Africa, facing dangers, and fighting poverty and indifference, and I sometimes heard her cry. When I miss a shower while travelling or I am thirsty I remember that she spends weeks in villages where there is no running water, no roads, no phones, and very little hope. She is the hope.
So I will do this run to help her raise money for her organization, EdenInAfrica.org. I will do this run to help myself, by helping my friend.Facebook API came back with a faulty result. You may be accessing an album you do not have permissions to access.