Some days I wake up and the thoughts and ideas that come into my mind only lead me to believe that I am absolutely crazy. Today is one of those days. Today I woke up and decided that I want to run a marathon.

This is particularly ridiculous when you consider the fact that I had never, in my entire life, run 2 miles in a row before last year. LAST YEAR. At 19 years old! As a rather round child, the only thing I was used to running was the pizza orders for dinner.

So when I got the idea to not only run a marathon, but to break the 4:00:00 barrier (only accomplished by approximately 25% of those who run marathons), I was a little hesitant. I didn't want to be a hypocrite and go against my own word, I am spreading a message of finding purpose and accomplishing goals, but this is a rather large, demanding goal.

This summer I planned to accomplish a lot, but marathon training was not one of my goals. I am going to have to sacrifice a lot to become physically and mentally trained. I'm going to have to eat like a racehorse to ensure I don't wither away and can still learn olympic weightlifting. I'm going to have to wake up before dawn everyday to get in my long runs. I'm going to have to convince my parents that I am not training to run back to college. But these are all sacrifices that I am willing to make. To accomplish my goals.

And being crazy isn't necessarily a bad thing. It forces me to go against my pre-established beliefs, understanding myself and stepping beyond the arbitrary limitations I place upon myself in the process.

I have decided to run for charity, specifically for Shoe4Africa, an organization dedicated to creating the FIRST-EVER public teaching children's hospital in ALL of East Africa. 1 in 8 children in East Africa do not see their 5th birthday. 80% of their deaths are from preventable and treatable diseases. As an East African with access to medical care, I am one of the fortunate. It shouldn't have to be this way.

I am setting a goal to raise $3,000 for the children in East Africa. For the human lives in need of medical attention. For my brothers, sisters, and cousins. Interdependent over Independent. Together, we can make a difference.

As I begin my training, conditioning, and fundraising campaign, I ask you to join my journey and ExpandYourLifestyle!

To learn more about Shoe4Africa, please visit their website at Shoe4Africa.org