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The New York Marathon

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EVENT: 2010 ING New York City Marathon

Alyssa Johnson

THE STORY:

I am running the New York Marathon and I have Parkinson's.

I don't believe I was born a runner but somehow through the influence of my father I became a runner. Now Parkinson's is slowly taking me out of the race.

Since my Parkinson's diagnosis, my mind understands what is happening but my runner's soul does not. Because of Parkinson's the right side of my body does not work the way I want it to, it seems to be on its own agenda. I run lopsided, I drag a leg, I can't swing my arm. I often struggle through my runs, and sometimes there is more walking than running. But I prod on.

Last week I had to do a long run. The weather was cool but sunny. Although I was running rather slow I felt good...strong. And, at one point about halfway in, I came upon a long easy downhill and the stride came back. I was running even and steady, and for just a minute or two the Parkinson's disappeared from my life. I was running like I remembered running.

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