who do i run for?

Actually, that should probably be “for whom do I run?” Those dangling participles are always so irritating.

But that’s not the point.

The point is, something pretty awesome happened, to give even more meaning to my running.

I’ve told the story of what got me started on this running journey, and how I got hooked and keep filling my race calendar.

But this past weekend, I got matched with a very special running buddy, named Z. And Z is one more big reason that I’m going to keep going, as long as I’m able.

I was matched with Z through a group called Who I Run 4. The premise?

“We all have friends who say “run some for me” because they don’t WANT to run… what about those who physically CAN’T run?…”

The purpose of the website is to match runners and other athletes with people who are unable to run or participate in physical activities. Runners and their buddies share stories and pictures, encouraging each other and providing support along the way.

I signed up for a match sometime back in August. While it did take about six weeks to get my match email, I wasn’t that impatient – it meant that there were a lot of people in line, which leads to more awareness for Who I Run 4 and more honorary matches getting runners. All good in my book.

The wait was worth it. Z is awesome and I am so excited to be running in honor of him.

Z lives with his family approximately 1,202 miles away from us. That’s pretty far. Since we were matched, I’ve logged about 13 miles, so only 1,189 to go!

Z is seven years old. He was born at 28 weeks at 2 lbs 13 oz and 14.25 inches long and spent two months in the NICU. He has cerebral palsy, and cannot sit up, crawl or walk and needs assistance with eating. However, he is super smart and funny. He loves the color purple, and singing and the Chicago Cubs. He has a special tricycle that he can ride with his mom’s help, and he loves ice cream (whoo hoo!). He sounds truly amazing, and is clearly a hard working and determined little boy!

I am honored and privileged to be able to dedicate my miles to Z. And I hope that he’s just as excited to have me running for him.

Saturday’s big race is for you, buddy!

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21 Responses to who do i run for?

  1. That’s so wonderful! What a great organization 🙂

    Also, the grammar nazi in me approves of your first sentence – hehe.
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  2. Diana says:

    Yay! So excited that you were matched! =) Z is lucky to have you!
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  3. I have a running buddy, too! One of the main reasons for me signing up for ToT is that the beneficiary is Autism Speaks. I do a lot of work with children with special needs, so of course I had to sign up! There was no question.
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  4. How amazing and inspiring! When I really just CANNOT find the motivation to run, I check myself and think about those people who CANT run. I know that they would give so much to have the ability to run, and it helps put my funk in perspective.
    What a wonderful organization!
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  6. Meghan says:

    I’ve been following your blog as I have been working on becoming a runner myself over the last couple of months. I love the idea of being matched through Who I Run 4.
    Good luck at the Tower of Terror this weekend!! You will be great! Have fun!

  7. Nikki says:

    Wow what an awesome thing to run for! Z is so lucky to have you! You are such an awesome athlete 🙂
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  8. I love how “Who I Run 4” has matched so many runners with people who would love to run, but can’t! Good for you for participating!

    I hope Tower of Terror was a great experience for you! Can’t wait to read your recap!
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  9. How awesome. I love that you have another wonderful reason to run.
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  10. carolyn says:

    Very cool! I hope the race went well, I’m sure Z is proud!
    Carolyn
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  11. Andrea says:

    This is amazing! I just signed up! Thank you for making me aware of it!
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