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I recently sent this email to all of those who supported my run for the MMRF through their donations.  I thought others might like to read my thoughts about my marathon experience.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my donors one more time.  The final number for money raised for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation was $2800.00!!  That is more than $100 for each mile of the marathon!  Way to go everyone!! We also learned that the total amount of money raised by the entire Chicago Marathon MMRF team was over $125,000.00!  All of this is very exciting, so glad I could be a part of this and all of you were there with me!

Before the run on Sunday we had a chance to meet others who had raised money for the MMRF.  There were some amazing stories.  Including one man who had come through his second Stem Cell transplant in March, and ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.  A doctor who was inspired to do something for his patients.  Sisters who were walking through treatments with their middle sister.  A man who was running in memory of his father in law.  A team of researchers who were running to continue the research they have been doing for Multiple Myeloma.  Many sons and daughters running to extend the lives of their mother or father.  It was a great uplifting moment to share with people who knew all too well what our family has been experiencing the last 15 months.

The marathon was an amazing experience.  I am so thankful for your support and prayers getting me through it all.  For a long time, I have said that I wanted to do something that communicated my support for my mother and her fight against Multiple Myeloma.  But it was not until the actual marathon that I realized that running a marathon would change my life and perspective on what my mother is going through.  It has been said that running a marathon mirrors what it is like to journey through cancer treatment.  At the start, you have a plan, you feel good about your plan and you have cheerleaders who have supported you and rally around you to get you started down the path.  You feel like you can conquer the world.  Nothing can stop you.  Midway through the race, you realize you still have a long way to go, but it seems so far and maybe impossible to do.  Negative thoughts, aches and pains really become the enemy and a challenge to combat mentally.  Then for the last quarter of the race,  the crowd becomes thinner.  Your closest family and friends are still there but the path becomes a little more lonely and harder.  You are left to your prayers and will to get you through.  You are so close to the end but still so far away.  The miles seem longer, fatigue has set in.  And then you finally see the finish line, and you realize that you are FINALLY about to celebrate the end of the journey.  You are a finisher, with the medal to prove it.  And now, as mom’s stem cell transplant begins, we feel like we are in those last few miles.  They are sooooo long, it is sooooo hard.  But I know that mom has the determination to be a finisher.  And we will be there at the finish line to celebrate with her.
Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement.  If all goes well, I will join another MMRF endurance challenge in the future.  For now, much needed rest!!

In June we were preparing for a move across the country.  I knew I would be spending hours in my van with kid movie after kid movie playing.  I decided to find some podcasts that I could play so that I would not have to listen to the Veggie Tales theme song over and over again.  I stumbled on the Marathon Training Academy.  It was also at that time that I was feeling really discouraged about my ability to actually run this marathon.  I found the MTA and just the right time.  They are so positive and informative.  By the end of the 2500 mile trip, I had not only listened to all of the available podcasts, but I had been convinced that I had what it takes to run a marathon.  I also had answers to many questions about training that I didn’t even know that I had.  If you may be considering training for any distance of run- check out



Even with the internet I love a good magazine.  There are some great and inspiring stories in Runner’s World.  These stories inspire me to move on and keep pushing for my ultimate goal.  Runners magazines are full of stories of struggle and triumph.  I can usually identify on some level with these stories and they often come into my head as I am running.  Great inspiration.

It is a title that I never thought I would get to wear.  But now I feel very comfortable calling myself a runner.  It is a title I wear with pride.  The first time I told someone I am a runner was recently when I got my hair cut.  It came out so easily and made me smile to say it.  I’ve never really been an athlete in life, but I like that I can call myself one now, at the age of 35.  I plan to keep the title of runner for as long as these legs can stride.

I’ve decided to countdown the last 26 days until the Chicago Marathon with 26 reasons that I have for running a marathon- some may be a stretch- but just humor me please! 😉 And for the purpose of giving reason #1 that much more weight I am going to add the .2 to my #1 reason.

So today is 26 days. Drum roll please! My #26 reason for running a marathon is……

Fun swag in a box arriving at my doorstep yesterday!



On my recent long run I was struck by how many women were running.  It was interesting to me how I found each of these women inspiring as well.  The young lady who was running with a knee brace.  The younger girl who looked to be just starting out on her running journey.  The older women who smoked me.  And even the heavy set woman out on a brisk walk with her dog.  Each of those ladies gave me a little extra to go on during my run.  And something else that didn’t go unnoticed – I saw only 3 men and only one of those men was running.  🙂  So I am going to run like a girl.

This morning was crisp.  I got up early to run and was determined to get 6 miles in.  So I did.  I would say about 99% of running is mental.  So following up on the thought “I’m going to run 2 more miles than I have before” is the hardest part of running it.  Yes there is some pain, and thoughts of “I’m going to die” come frequently in those extra miles.  I have started to recognize the little devil on my shoulder telling me I can’t do it.  And when I recognize him, I look for the angel on the other side, telling me I’m amazing and I can do it.  That little angel is the voices of my friends and family who have been incredibly supportive in this crazy adventure I’ve been on.  And I am so thankful for you all!


PS- forgot to explain that I ran 6.1 miles today, a 10K is 6.2, but I ran out of pavement so I’ll take 6.1 🙂

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