NYC Marathon Recap & Thanks
November 30, 2016
BENEFITING: Migraine Research Foundation Inc.
ORGANIZER: Migraine Research Foundation Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
My NYC Marathon Story: I've wanted to run this race for over 10 years, and I began entering the race's lottery 5 years ago. I was rejected 5 years in a row, so I decided it was time to seek a charity option. There are many charities I could have affiliated myself with to gain entry into the marathon, but I wanted to select a charity that meant something to me personally. The Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) is something I can really get behind. I've been dealing with headaches for 15 years. My diagnosis is Tension Headaches, but I think I also have symptoms of Migraine. In any case, there are commonalities between the two types of headaches, both can be debilitating, and treatments are still lacking. The MRF provides grants to physicians and scientists who are researching cutting-edge treatments and looking for a cure for Migraine. This makes me happy. While I'm working hard at fundraising for MRF, I'll be stepping up my training game. I'm no longer content to quietly glide into the finish line just under the time limit. I want to feel strong and confident as I run through the 5 boroughs. I still won't be breaking any speed records, but I'll be a better running version of myself. I humbly ask for your support of my fundraising efforts for the MRF, which is doing good things to help Migraine sufferers. Any donation is appreciated; no amount is too small.
My Headache Story: In 2000 or 2001 I experienced my first headache that lasted an entire week. I missed a lot of work that week and was pretty much useless to do anything else. And then the headaches continued. I didn't get them at regular intervals, and I was never able to identify specific triggers. I get them when I'm feeling stressed, but I also get them when I'm feeling relaxed. I get them when I'm well-hydrated and well-rested. No foods or drinks (including alcohol) have been pinpointed as headache triggers. I can go to bed without a headache and wake up with one (what is THAT?!?). I have been to different doctors including my internal medicine doc, a neurologist, an ear/nose/throat doc, a chiropractor, etc. Some treatments help sometimes. No treatment helps all the time, not even migraine medicines or narcotic pain killers. The best I have done is acupuncture, and I've recently gone back for more of that. The last time I had a series of acupuncture treatments I found a little relief: the severity and frequency of the headaches decreased...but never went away entirely.
My Marathon Story: I have run 70 full marathons and a number of half marathons, starting in 2005. I have finished marathons in all 50 US states and several foreign countries. But I've never run the NYC Marathon. I can't count the number of races I've run while suffering from a headache. In my case, running doesn't usually make the headache worse, and in fact it sometimes makes it a little better, but headaches always make it harder to get out the door for a training run or a race. I remember a very uncomfortable 2013 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego marathon, where I'd had a headache all weekend including during the race. I finished slow and miserably, but I did finish. But NYC will be a success story, and you can help me get to the starting line by supporting me and MRF.
Many Thanks, Friends!