Why I run.....
6 years ago this month I started experiencing what I came to find out was the first signs of Multiple Sclerosis. I was only 29 years old when I was finally diagnosed. It was such a shock, as I’m sure it is for anyone getting a life changing diagnosis. In my adult life I had been pretty overweight and the way I dealt with stress, or worry or depression was always through food. My weight skyrocketed and before I knew it I was the heaviest I had ever been. Doing simple tasks and enjoying life’s simple pleasures became more and more difficult. I reached a point when I knew I had to make a change. There was really no excuse on why I couldn’t lose weight, in fact I had every advantage. I still had my mobility, I had encouraging friends and family and I had the ability to do so. With the assistance of surgery and hard work every day I was able to drop 200lbs. During that time I started working out by walking and light jogging. I had a friend that was a great support to me through all of this and had run Half Marathons before, so as I was able to jog farther and longer I asked her about running a half. She was more than happy to train for and run in the Disney Half Marathon with me the following year. I trained 5 days a week, running three of them and doing strength training the other two. I completed my first Half on September 4th 2016. Since then I have run in a trail run and the Tahoe Half. I am signed up for the 5k and 10k Rock and Roll runs coming up this October and will also be completing in the Yosemite Half and Tahoe Half next year. 5:30am comes real early on most days and some of those days I want to just roll over and go back to bed. I’ve recently had a relapse and am taking medication which helps my body but does not make me feel well so running has been the last thing I’ve wanted to do. I pushed myself to get out there and run, because I can! And someday I may not be able to. I can also run for all of those who cannot and that is my greatest motivation of all. I am so excited to have been able to find a charity that I can run for while supporting the advancement in finding a cure for MS.
Thank you to all of you who took the time to read this and am hoping you would consider sponsoring me in my upcoming runs.
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