Well, I have to ‘fess up. Mindy and I took this week off.

Yeah, that’s right. Completely off. We were supposed to run 29 miles total, with our long run being 12 on Saturday. But life caught up with us. Teething babies and sleepless nights and exhausted bodies caught up with us, and we had to bow out for a few days to catch our breath.

So I am going to take this time to beg. I am running a marathon on October 15th, and my goal was to have $4,000 raised to build a well in Africa. So far, we have raised $1,265.  That is amazing. Every dollar counts, and whether or not we build a well, that money will help Active Water in their efforts to bring clean water to Africans.

The point is, I am keeping up my end of the bargain. I donated part of my money, I registered for the race with my money, and I’ve put in hours and hours of training time and miles so that I am ready for this race. Yes, I took last week off, but in the end it was what we needed. I ran 9 miles today so we are back in business!

I am not a fan of asking for money. I’ve done it before. That one summer I sold Cutco knives was a bit out of my comfort zone. But I did it. I made cold calls and set up appointments and cut pennies with kitchen sheers in people’s houses  all summer long. Why? Because I was in college and didn’t want to eat Ramen every night.

My point is, if I could sit and ask people I didn’t know to buy a set of kitchen knives (that really were awesome, to be honest), then I can ask you, without guilt, to help me reach my goal for Active Water. This kind of donation literally leaves a legacy in an African village.  Your name will be on a well that will provide clean water for hundreds of Africans for years to come. (Ok, so your name will be on it metaphorically speaking. I can’t promise you your name will ACTUALLY be on there. I can promise you if I ever make it to Africa, I will scratch your name into it, but until then, let’s use our imagination, shall we?)

Give me one week’s worth of those pumpkin spice lattes you love (you are all splurging this week!! I KNOW IT, YOU SAID SO ON FACEBOOK!) Give me what you’d pay in a date night, and stay home with your sweetie one night watching Netflix while eating a $5 Little Caesar’s pizza. Give me a week’s worth of going out to lunch.  Give me what you pay for that unlimited data plan you have on your smart phone. Give me what it costs for one night at a concert. Give me what it costs to buy a Cutco paring knife (haha). Give me what you splurge on happy hour every Friday.

And really, you’re not giving it to me. You’re giving it to Africans so they can live a fuller life;  so they  can know their babies will live past five years old; so they can spend time in school instead of walking miles and miles for water that will only make them sick anyways. For one month, put someone else’s needs above your own. Chances are, in a week or so, you won’t even realize that money is gone from your account, and you will continue on with life just as before.

I usually write about being a mom on this blog. It’s a universal thing, and we can all relate with those early, startling days of bringing a newborn home…the acquiring of new skills such as nursing while making dinner or going to the bathroom with a toddler on your lap…the emotional swings from wanting to sell your kid to the zoo to loving them so much you have tears in your eyes while watching them sleep (but only while they are sleeping…I rarely have tears of happiness when she is wreaking havoc in my home, haha).

But this plea I put before you is also a universal thing. It’s pretty simple.  We have. They do not. The universal human thing to do would be to share. It’s kindergarten all over again, only the effects of this will last forever.

I really hope you will consider helping me out. Click here to donate: http://www.active.com/donate/activewaterupick/jamierunsforwater

If you’d like to hear another personal story, check out the movie Zambia’s Song. Here’s the movie trailer:

“14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” james 2

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