Procrastination Run: Pencils of Promise

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.

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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…

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where I was supposed to end up

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where I unintentionally ended up!

…but it turns out all the gates in London were already closed!

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sad, blurry run past…

Maybe the next one?

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Or the next one?

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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.

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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…


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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!