It was already almost 8:30 pm and there were a million reasons it made no sense to run - I was exhausted from a full day of classes, the sun was already setting, and most importantly, I still had a 1000 word paper due the next morning that I had yet to start (whoops).
But I hadn’t run in a few days and was itching to go, so I opened Charity Miles on my phone and started flipping through the charities.
The nonprofit I chose to run for, Pencils for Promise, helps to provide greater educational opportunities for children, and the organization has already built over 100 schools worldwide!!
I promised myself I’d make it back before 9 pm, which meant I didn’t really have time to map some sort of route. Laced up my shoes and set off on the road to school that I took every morning…
where I was supposed to end up
where I unintentionally ended up!
…but it turns out all the gates in London were already closed!
sad, blurry run past…
Maybe the next one?
Or the next one?
Nope, still no luck.
So I basically kept running further and further down the road, trying to find somewhere that I could actually turn down.
Found some pretty cool places but didn’t actually ever figure out how to make it to my school. Then turned around and subsequently got blocked by some more (human) gates…
why do you walk like this down the road :(
The run ended up just being a little over 2.5 miles and I came back much happier than when I had left. Reading about Pencils for Promise also reminded me how lucky I was to have the educational opportunities that I do, even if it does mean painfully long essays during the summertime…
But on a more serious note, what Pencils for Promise does is pretty incredible and you should definitely check them out!