I watched the strongest man I knew lose his battle with pancreatic cancer. I watched him fight as everything was taken from him, then to add insult to injury, he was taken from us. My dad passed away on May 13. He was a runner, a mountain biker, a skier. Pancreatic cancer sucks and no family should have to endure this disease. I might not be good at many things, but belive it or not, I was once a kick-ass runner. We're talking sub-18 minute 5K's and 60 minute 10 milers, people. Here's my plan: I'm running the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on October 4 with Project Purple's Pioneer Program. I'm raising funds for pancreatic cancer research.
I may be a fair-weather skiier, but I hate the treadmill so you'll always see me out running. Torrential downpour? 10 degrees and snowing? Yeah, that was me. The kids in my daughter's kindergarten class can identify me by my running stroller and Irish Setter. Sh*t just got real, and because there wasn't enough on my plate or enough Roth children, "Five" will be training with me. Chill out - Five has already raced a 5K, 10K, and half-marathon. Uh, huh, I was just as surprised as you are. So much for long distance running being lonely business! He or she will be stuck in the running stroller for first 4 years of his or her life anyway. (Don't worry, it's all kinds of pimped out. Current preschooler is understandably upset about lack of Wi-Fi, though.)
In the future, I'll be running for Project Purple in some big races. The Pioneer Program is their generous way of letting me run for them without having to travel. Please help me reach my fundraising goal! Looking forward to seeing you out on the roads. Just don't honk at me - it never fails to freak me out.
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