Cyclist, hiker, equestrian, gymnast, cheerleader - these are all athletic titles that I've given myself in the past and/or present, but a runner? No, that wasn't me....up until about four to five months ago that is.
If you told me last year that I would be training to run the 2013 Boston Marathon I probably would have laughed. While I've always been athletic and prioritized staying active, running was just never one of my hobbies. This was quick to change, however, when I heard co-workers talking about running the marathon last year and planning to run it again this year. Not only did it spark my interest because of the physical and mental challenge of running 26.2 miles (ambitious or masochistic - call it what you may), but also because of the difference I could make through choosing to run with a charity, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation more specifically.
The Foundation strives to support cancer patients and their families not only financially, but mentally as well by having a positive, or "Upbeat" as the Foundation calls it, attitude. This alone was enough to inspire me to give running a try. Despite the fact that before August 2012 I had never run over two miles in any given workout session, I decided that I wanted to run the marathon for all those patients and families who can't since they're using all their time, resources, and energy for a much more difficult challenge - battling cancer. These patients and their families are giving everything they have and more to fight this battle and stay positive through the good and bad times. The way I see it, comparatively, running 26.3 miles and raising $5,000 for such a great cause doesn't seem all that daunting.
I'm now in my 9th week (as of 11/11/12) of a 30-week marathon training program and I can already see my progress, but I also know there's a lot more work left to do. So please, help me help these families – every donation, big or small, helps. As the Joe Andruzzi Foundation puts it, "together, with a positive attitude and a sense of humor, we’ll fight to not only beat cancer, but upbeat it"!
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