It’s official—I am going to run the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May! With three small children at home and very limited time for training, the idea still seems a bit crazy to me. Also, it’s quite cold right now and oftentimes icy which can make for some challenging runs even when I do get the time! 13.1 miles seems like a loooong way to go. Imagine going on a two and a half hour car ride…and then imagine that you are running the entire time! So maybe it is a bit crazy, but I have a couple of sane reasons that are pushing me forward:
The first is that I have been truly and deeply inspired by my husband and several of my friends that have run the half and full marathon in the past. While in the past I have cheered on the sidelines, I have always vowed that as soon as I wasn’t pregnant, or wasn’t nursing and my kids were all in school I would take the opportunity to train for something challenging.
But it’s about more than just me, or the people that have inspired me. Through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Charity Runners program, I will not just be running for myself, but in support of an organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and Myeloma and improving the lives of patients and their families. Specifically, I will be running in honor of the memory of my Aunt Mary Ellen Hoffman, who passed away from Lymphoma this past year.
Her passing has underscored for me the importance of taking nothing for granted. Life’s circumstances can change at the drop of a dime, it’s important to seize the opportunity to make a difference wherever and however we can. Please help me support this charity by donating whatevery amount you are able.
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