I have never been one to enjoy running for running's sake. If I could avoid running forever I probably would. My exercising preferences usually include more team sports or yoga, types of exercise that take your mind off of what you are doing and get you engaged in your environment while still maintaining a level of social accountability.
To me running was always too solitary a sport - I could never get out of my own head, own way, and obtain that runner's high all athletes strive to achieve. However, in my time I have run a few 5K events (I know a measly 3.1 miles, but hey for me that's a lot), and I found myself really enjoying them. What I enjoyed most about running these micro (and I do mean micro) marathons was how much I felt part of community while running. The crowd and surrounding runners really pushed me through my run and allowed me to have more interaction with my surroundings.
Now that brings me up to the point of this post. As I was browsing Women's Health Magazine I came across the magazine's Run a 10K, Feed 10 people run in cooperation with the FEED foundation and Crowdrise. This is a 10k (6.2 miles) where your participation in the run feeds 10 people going hungry near you.
According to the run's website, over 48 million Americans, including 16 million children, go hungry each year. I have never run this long of a distance (a little pathetic I know), but I have been determined to run a longer race in the past. I think I can manager 6.2 miles, especially when it is for such a wonderful cause.
The Run 10, Feed 10 race will be in ten cities around the country. The New York one is on September 23, 2012 and I am seriously thinking about signing up. Here is a link to find out where and when the race is taking place locally to you. The best part is that if a race is not taking place near you, you can still run a 10K on your own and sign up so that it goes towards the cause. Moreover, if you fundraise your run through CrowdRise.com, raising a minimum of $100 by the race day, all of the money will go toward ending domestic hunger through the FEED Foundation.
And for those of you who are like me and have never run a 10K before, Women's Health Magazine has a great 10K training program for you to follow to get ready for the big day!
So whose in to run the Run a 10K, Feed 10 People run with me?