Pilar was featured on Elaine Houston's Today's Women
April 13, 2017
BENEFITING: FUND FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK INC
ORGANIZER: FUND FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK INC
In 2017, I have taken on the challenge to run my first marathon. That's 26.2 miles, just in case you did not know! Here's why:
I have suffered with asthma my entire life. I was diagnosed around about the time I was 11 years old. I began taking an inhaler and through my childhood my asthma was more or less controlled. Then, as I moved into adulthood it seems like I had no need for asthma medication (at least in my mind any way), so I simply stopped taking it. I had also picked up the nasty habit of smoking during my college years so this was not ideal for lungs either.
After several years of going through acute bronchitis each winter season and having a few terrible "episodes", we’ll call them, I finally got my act together and went to see a doctor about get my asthma better managed. The whole thing with asthma is that if it IS managed, we can lead healthy and active lifestyles. I know from personal experience that education, a treatment plan, and a good system of support for encouragement of maintaining control of this disease are so important.
In the summer of 2015, my husband and I were looking for a way to get active again, so we joined a couch to 5k program. It was tough. I – we – could barely get around the track! But our coach was patient and knowledgeable and since those first jaunts, I, along with my husband, have completed several 5K's, a 10K, a 15K and last year in the fall of 2016 I completed my first Half Marathon. I never thought I could do anything like this...I was never very interested in fitness but suddenly, in my 40's (I am 45 years old!), running has become a part of my life and a habit that I (we) have embraced.
I have been accepted to represent a.i.r. NYC as a charity runner. This NYC Marathon will be my first Marathon since beginning running only over a year ago. I wanted the NYC Marathon to be my first because the atmosphere and the people of NYC are fun and encouraging especially for this race. It is honor and a pleasure to support a.i.r NYC given my own personal challenges with asthma. To run, in the service of children (with asthma) who may think or feel they can't do something because of this disease, to show that they can not only get their asthma under control, but also show them that maybe someday they can run a marathon too is AMAZING!
FUND FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK INC wrote -
a.i.r. nyc keeps asthmatic children healthy, in school, and out of the hospital. Too often kids with asthma are left on the sidelines. But they don't have to be. With properly controlled asthma, asthmatic kids can stay in the game. a.i.r. nyc is proud to be an Official Charity for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Our team of runners is making a difference in the lives of thousands of asthmatic children in the Bronx, Harlem, and Brooklyn. Since 2001, a.i.r. nyc has been helping asthmatic children and their families manage this chronic disease. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and academic achievement of asthmatic children, helping families break the revolving cycle of poverty that is worsened by chronic disease. Asthma is the number one reason children miss school and it's the number on reason they are hospitalized. a.i.r. nyc is fiscally sponsored by the Fund for the City of New York, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. To find out more, please visit: www.air-nyc.org.