EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
One year ago I signed up for my first full marathon, and throughout the winter and spring I kept talking about how it would be my "first and last" full marathon. I kept telling people that I was "not a real runner."
Then something happened. I can't put my finger on exactly when it happened, or what the trigger was. I can barely explain exactly what "it" is. But somewhere along the way, perhaps it was during the 2-3 hour freezing cold snowy runs in March, or on one of the many nights spent googling "what to eat for a long run" "how to use gu's" or "how to hydrate before a run" or maybe it had something to do with completing something I never 100% believed I could...but along the way, I became a runner.
But more importatnly, I became a Run to Cure CF teammember.
I was lucky to Run to Cure CF when I trained with Hannah, young women about my age, fighting CF each day - she not only held me accountable for training runs, but also helped me get excited to add new "bling" to our medal collection even when it was snowing. Her enthusiasm for the race was easily contagious. When she would openly explain her story, and how the funds being raised now are going to fund HER cure to other runners along the way she would set my training pace and mindset. The day of the event, she couldn't set my pace, however, because she was battling an infection and we had to set our own - but that is just what CF is.
I was lucky to Run to Cure CF the day of the event, at mile 16, when I was running alone for the first time all year, when I had no one to pace with, no one to distract my mind, no one to share the experience with, when I was overheated since the weather was 30 degrees warmer then any training run, when I thought there was no way I could make it, a yellow shirt with the CF Superhero logo appeared next to me. It was Becky. About my age, her sister fights CF each day, and the two of them run together and for Pittsburgh they run as part of a relay. Although her presence was a quiet one next to me, different then the easy chit chat between me and Hannah usually, for the next 6 miles her steps carried me along. In my mind, I knew all I had to do was stick with her - meanwhile, it was actually me pushing and setting the pace which would lead her to a Personal Best!
I was lucky to Run to Cure CF the because there was a shared excitement between many of our teammates. It was inspiring to see the goodlucks exchanged via social media, the team picture in market square and the celebratory Yinzerita's post event at Steel Cactus - we were all running different races, but were all running with one real finish line in mind, a cure for CF.
Now I know I can finish. Now I know that I can contribute to the team goal - being the #1 fundraising charity again this year. Now it is time to see what else I can do this year. How fast can I run? How much money can I raise? I appreciate everyone who supported last year more then I can explain. I hope you'll join me this year - as a runner (anyone can do the relay!!!) or a donor. Let's make sure Run to Cure CF is #1 again this year, and let's get one step closer to a cure for this aweful disease!
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION wrote -
Help Us Find a Cure.
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter: http://wpa.cff.org
Learn more about our Run to Cure CF Program at: http://wpa.cff.org/runtocureCF
$100 - Kid's Marathon
$200 - 5K
$1,500 - Relay Team
$400 - Half Marathon
$500 - Full Marathon
All Run to Cure CF team members will receive*
Run to Cure CF Gender Specific Performance Tee
Volunteer Led Group Training Runs
Coach provided Training Plans and Tips