William Hauser via Crowdrise
October 27, 2012
BENEFITING: American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
EVENT DATE: Nov 18, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 300
First, I want to Thank You for visiting my donation page and I hope you enjoy my story...
The story has changed a little bit with the cancellation of the NYC marathon, but thanks to the city of Philadelphia I will still be able to achieve my marathon goal this year!
The Philadelphia marathon opened up a 3,000 spot lottery for displaced NYC marathoners and I got in! The race is on Nov 18, ONLY A WEEK AWAY!
I am just $200 shy of my $2,600 goal between this fundraiser and the one I added to support Hurricane Sandy Relief via the American Red Cross (www.crowdrise.com/redcrossnyrr/fundraiser/williamhauser).
Please help me reach this goal by the end of the week, Every Dollar Still Counts!
OK, so maybe Mammoth is a bit of an exaggeration (but who doesn't love the alliteration in Mammoth to Marathon). Back in March 2011 I weighed in between 230-235lbs. In the last year and a half I have shed around 60lbs, leaving me somewhere in the 165-170lbs range.
I can remember the Thursday evening in March that I decided I had enough of a break after finishing graduate school and I was finally ready to get serious about the nagging thought I have always had about my weight and fitness level. I had a manageable schedule and could plan meals and workouts accordingly, so there were no more excuses!
I told myself, "On Monday I am going to start with a run and see where it goes." Now a lot of us have been there before; waiting for the start of a new week before getting around to a goal or project, but without good reason, this type of attitude only sets us up for failure. I started what has been my amazing journey that night by telling myself I was full of sh*t and had no reason not to get up that instant and try out a run. I mean I only wanted to see if I could make it a mile or so, how bad could it be? Well let me tell you, that first mile required me to stop in the middle at least a half a dozen times and easily took 15 minutes if not more. Definitely an eye opener!
From that night I haven't really stopped. I did a month of mixed runs (~5Ks) and mixed workouts with a total gym, while I started to learn more about healthier eating habits. Then I found the wonderful world of Beachbody programs. I lost 35 pounds in my first two month round of Insanity combined with a meticulous diet and felt closer to death every day, but the results changed my life forever. I love the program to no end now and have completed it three times throughout my journey. I have also completed P90X 1.5 times and after the marathon I am looking forward to completing the Tapout XT program. I love the extreme workouts, but you need breaks in between the programs. I would take a few weeks or a month off in between, but maintained by staying busy with the running that started it all and I just kept getting better.
Why the NYC Marathon?:
Well since I liked being on the more extreme end of my workouts with the Beachbody stuff, I was looking to do the same with a milestone event. I originally took interest in the Tough Mudders and Spartan Runs that everyone has been doing lately, but then last November I got my first taste of the NYC marathon.
My girlfriend's brother is an avid runner and we went out to support him as he was running the event for a second time. We met him along the route in Queens and then met up with him again by the finish in Central Park. I honestly had no idea how amazing this event is. The whole scene from the crowds of people cheering every last one of the 45,000 plus that goes by, to the massive amount of organization that goes into its planning and of course, to the runners themselves. All of them have their own motivations for completing such an arduous task and it is amazing to watch. I told myself that I day, “I want to do this next year.” Sure enough, I put in for random entry back in January and here I am after three months of training. I am just days away from attempting this momentous feat for myself and I couldn't be more excited. I'M IN... for the run of my life.
Why the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association?:
Unfortunately, my girlfriend’s brother, the same individual who inspired me to run the marathon in first place and assisted with my training the whole way, was just diagnosed with Type I Diabetes a couple of weeks ago. Luckily he caught it without any major complications, but he did need to spend a couple days in the hospital to bring him back to balance and now his life will be forever altered to curb the effects of the disease. In fact, he had been training to run the Niagara Falls marathon on Oct 21st, but had to back out due to this recent onset. He should be able to resume running without much change, but since this happened so close to the race, there was a lot of concern over a rapid adjustment.
I did not want to pick a cause that just supported Type I Diabetes, because I felt it was too narrow. There are a vast number of autoimmune disorders out there and many with more severe consequences than Juvenile Diabetes (just to name a few: Crohn's disease, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) Aside from medications involved a lot of the treatment for autoimmune disorders involves major lifestyle alterations, as is with most diseases I guess, but it is a major aspect with these disorders. Now I am not saying the lifestyle change I just experienced is even close to anything one of these patients suffers, but I do feel a closer sense of understanding to what it can do to a person's mindset and what it requires of them. If I had continued the path I was on it would have lead to health complications as well, albeit in a much different vein.
The AARDA is a very well run organization that has great financial standing and transparency. They use their donations in a number of different avenues. They primarily focus on improving the knowledge behind and around these diseases. They provide money towards research and information sharing, act as advocates for legislature and actively educate patients, doctors and the general public on autoimmune related diseases.
For more information please go to: http://www.aarda.org/