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Mateusz Ruszkowski

Mateusz Ruszkowski
Ann Arbor, MI United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: May 17, 2015
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Hello, friends! I’m so excited to be running the Chicago Marathon on October 10th, 2015. This will be my third Chicago Marathon (the first two were in 2012 and 2013), and it’s the best race of which I’ve ever been a part. This year, my goal is to break 3:35 and I’ve been training incredibly hard to meet this goal. My previous personal best is 3:59:01, from 2013. For almost a year, I’ve been training with a coach, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom of Run S.M.A.R.T. She’s a US Olympian who’s provided me with a personalized training plan that I have been diligently following. Since working with Janet, I PR’ed in the half marathon – this has taken me x attempts over ten years. I’m on track with my training for Chicago and I’m so excited to try to meet my goal.

Why do I run? Running brings perspective and clarity to my life. Despite the everyday stresses, when I’m running, I only think about the run itself. And afterwards, I feel a sense of satisfaction in the sweat dripping down my face and the tiredness in my legs. I love the daily opportunity that running provides to test my limits, challenge myself, set goals and achieve them (…or not), and focus on the beauty of the world around me. The daily adventure of each run keeps me looking forward to the next day, separating the important from the trivial, and creating a form of transcendence.

Ok – enough with the flowery language! I also love feeling like a badass when I kick butt on a hard track workout or finish a long run faster than I knew I could. And the beer at the end of each run… that too.

PR’ing in the Chicago marathon this fall is an important step on my path to qualifying for the Boston marathon, the holy grrrrrail of marathons and the oldest continuously-run marathon in the world. It’s a BFD, and it’s my long-term running goal.

This year, for the first time, I’m running for charity to raise money for the Red Cross. After not winning a place in the marathon via the lottery, I searched for charities in which I believed that would offer me a spot. I settled on the Red Cross because I feel passionately about their crisis relief and blood donation services. Although there have been issues with some of their humanitarian aid projects (e.g., post-earthquake in Haiti, post-Hurricane Sandy), the fact remains that they are the largest source of donated blood in the US (factoid about donated blood?), and have done valuable work here in SE Michigan and the Midwest. I’m proud to be raising money on their behalf, and would be so grateful if you’d support my efforts, no matter how small the donation.

Thank you so much for reading. I so appreciate your support!! 

Mateusz
Ruszkowski

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