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Marathon in a Year

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Marissa Parks


I am on a mission to run a marathon in a year.
In october I attempted to complete the Run Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler, but I unsuccessfully made it to mile three and was swept. That night as I left Hollywood Studio's I made a promise to myself that I would come back the following year and finish all 10 miles. After thinking about it with Disney's release of a Marvel themed half marathon at the Disneyland Resort in California I plunged into making my promise even larger! I committed to doing not only the 5k, but also the half marathon. That means by the end of November I will have run roughly 26 miles among the three events.
That may sound simple after all there are still 6 months to keep training, but I have been battling on of my worst years with Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic Disorder that effects the lungs and the digestive system.
I've gotten some of my lowest test scores in years these past few months and I am running out of idea's how to bring them up. My PFT's have been dragging down into the low 30%'s which means I am using roughly 35% of my lung capacity to breathe.
A year ago at this time those scores were in the 50's.
It's a scary experience for me to have such low scores because that could mean a lung transplant is in the not so distant future. My attempt to get my lungs back in shape and to push that surgery away is to fulfill my marathon in a year goal!
I will spend the following weeks walking and running to complete my goal. The RunDisney site says I have to have a 16 minute mile to be able to finish in the allotted time, my goal is to get up to a 14 minute mile. I also hope to improve my lung capacity to 45% by the end of November when I finish my last run.
They say you have to walk before you can run, but I feel like my first step is taking me right over the edge, and it's a journey I hope you'll take with me!

I will be raising money for the Rock CF Foundation! It was founded by Emily Schaller who is a childhood friend of mine and a marathon runner herself. She has served as one of my biggest inspirations over the years and I hope to repay her by giving her a little back in return.

I am scheduled to participate in the 2014 Run Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler on October 4th, and the Avengers Super Hero half marathon on November 16th. 

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