I’ve always been a fan of staying fit. However, with the birth of my second child, moving to the ‘burbs and my career – let’s just say my fitness routine fell to the very bottom of my “to-do” list. Number one through nine on that list was desperately trying to stay on top of job/life demands and number ten... sleep. I had my work cut out for me, but I’ve always been a believer of setting goals and achieving them. Work-life balance/sleep? Check.
One autumn day two years ago, during my morning commute into midtown Manhattan - it hit me. I finally had my groove back and it was time to get moving again. The big question was, what can I do that doesn’t require a reservation, a parking spot and a 15-minute buffer to make sure you get the right dumbbells or stationary bike? The answer was clear - run! It only requires ONE thing. A fairly good pair of sneakers (and some could argue, a good sports bra. Okay, that’s two!). This revelation changed the game for me. I signed up for my first half marathon. Quickly thereafter, running became a big part of my life. I will have run 9 half marathons before the "Big Kahuna" in November. Bringing sweaty back? Check.
I’ve been aware of Brad’s story for quite some time now. Hearing about Run4Brad through local businesses, Facebook and seeing Run4Brad t-shirts buzzing by at town races. However, it all came together for me on yet another fortuitous morning commute when I had the privilege of riding into the City with Jessica Berman. Hearing her talk so lovingly and supportively about Brad and his amazing progress, so enthusiastically about Run4Brad and the profoundly impactful work that Burke Rehabilitation Center is doing was so moving and inspirational – I wanted to be a part of this incredible effort. There are few opportunities presented to you where you have the chance to do something meaningful and make a significant contribution in someone’s life - all by simply doing what you love. I'm so happy to say that this is one of those “life moments.” I’m grateful to be running my first marathon in my hometown, with this team, supporting such an important organization. I will channel all of the courage, strength and determination that the Bermans demonstrate every day and proudly Run4Brad in the 2015 NYC marathon. Run 26.2 miles for a great cause? Check. Check.
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