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The whole reason for my run started in July 2010, when my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. This rare and incurable blood cancer changed our lives forever. I watched as my mother fought this fight for all of us, while I was helpless to do anything. Then one day in December, I saw an interview of Kathy Guisti discussing how the MMRF has extended the outcomes for Multiple Myeloma patients. At the same time, I was watching several of my friends on Facebook complete marathons. I spent a sleepless night praying and thinking about the MMRF and the endurance events they run to raise money. I struggled with the idea of 26.2 miles. It was overwhelming, but I kept coming back to the thought that mom doesn’t have a choice in her challenges, she has to face them head on. I felt strongly that 26.2 miles was the only distance that I could consider. And so then I made the commitment, and I have not looked back since. These are the things that I will keep in mind tomorrow as I face the 26.2 miles ahead of me. I can’t quit, because mom can’t quit.
So as of last night, I have raised $2,555 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. My sister has raised $2255. A number that I never could have imagined back when the idea of running to raise money was first hatched. All thanks to God for inspiring everyone to give. And I pray that the money will advance the search for a cure.


Who knew carboloading would be so fun? We started loading up on carbs today- and for this pasta and bread loving girl- it’s heaven! Check out my plates for today. The last one was our free dinner at Lawry’s, a little heavy on the protein.




My career as a stay at home mom is not the most glamourous at times. Changing diapers and wiping boogers aren’t the most rewarding items in my job description. But wouldn’t trade this time with my kids for the world. I want to be there for them at any given moment, I do not want to miss a thing. But my daily work as their mommy is not the most inspiring. I want them to see that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I want them to know that one day, they can decide to do something that sounds crazy to the world, and then accomplish it. I want them to dream big, and experience God’s hand in making it happen. As I have, in this marathon experience.

Another great one from  P.Diddy, Oprah, George Bush, Will Ferrell, William Baldwin, Al Gore, even David Lee Roth are just a few of the celebrities who have run marathons.   While most of them have respectable times, DLR’s time looks like he must have walked the entire 23.2 miles.

Here is a list of 25 celebs and their times:

I got this from an article on  “Rationality and marathoning don’t rhyme!”  There is not much that is actually rational about setting out to run 26.2 miles.  And my life is all about rationality,  just ask my husband.  He would probably say that I am over-rational.  So deciding to run a marathon is sort of rebelling against my natural bent to only do things “rationally.”  Rebel is not a word that one would usually associate with me, but in this instance, I will take it!

I love history, it is my favorite.  In researching for posts I learned a little history about the distance of a marathon.  Everyone (or most people) has heard the story about the legendary runner from Marathon, Greece to Athens, Greece who announced the defeat of the Persian army then promptly dropped dead (he didn’t have any aid stations on the way).  But something I just learned is that the distance between Marathon and Athens is only about 25 miles, which was about the distance of a marathon (there actually was not a set distance) until the 1908 London Olympics, when it was a little more than 26 miles.  The competition at the 1908 olympics became known as the race of the century, and the distance became sentimental.

So that is your history lesson for today.  🙂

Once you have committed to run a marathon, and you have selected which marathon you are going to run.  There is a date on the calendar that is set in the future that you are about to organize your whole life around, and look forward to.  When I committed to run a marathon last December, we were in a dark time.  Mom was making only very slow improvements.  None of us were looking forward to much in the future, because we didn’t know what the future held, and were not sure we wanted to know.  Putting the marathon on the calendar felt like a step forward.  A move that I could make in a positive direction.  Something to look forward to.

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