BENEFITING: DEBBIES DREAM FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Jan 13, 2013
Mileage Tracker: 26
On Jan 13, a bright and hot Sunday morning, I completed what I never thought I’d EVER do in my life – run a marathon. Now, it wasn't something that has ever been on my bucket list or a wistful dream of mine…heck the most I events I’d run prior to marathon training were 5Ks and one 10K race this year.
It started out as a challenge from my husband Ken, who knows how BIG challenges motivate me. I’ve been struggling with my weight since after graduating college, but I’ve been able to lose weight and maintain for the last 3 years. Last year I stepped it up a notch, but started to slowly lose momentum in 2012. So what does Ken do? He signed us up in September 2012 for the Disney Marathon taking place in January 13, 2013. I’ve only had 3.5 months to train. Aaaaack! Since September, I’ve logged over 300 miles since I started training (with the longest run ~16 miles).
One of the things that helped me through my longest official race (Hot Chocolate 15K in Chicago), was thinking about my cousin (who is my age), Paul Yllana, and his BIG challenge, fighting Stage IV Stomach Cancer. He was diagnosed in late 2011 and has been a trooper with his treatment and continues to fight every day for himself, his wife, Joy and their 16 month old son, Isaac. His fight has been truly inspirational to me in a most profound way that even I wasn’t aware of it until I started training and am in pain and sore every day. But the challenge I have is NOTHING compared to his challenge.
On January 13 (only 3 days before Paul’s 37th birthday), I tried my best at one of the most physically and mentally draining events of my life. I dedicated my run to my cousin Paul and his family, as a birthday present of sorts to him. He knows that my twin (Sugar) and I are behind him 100% and this is my small way of showing him that I love him and support him.
I kindly ask to help me raise money for his charity of choice “Can’t Stomach Cancer” in honor of Paul. If you donate $1 for every mile (26.2) I completed, that’d be a great gift to him and all of the people who are fighting their own fight against Stomach Cancer.
Thank you to Ken who challenged me to try to go beyond my limits and has been my coach throughout this whole experience. Thank you to Sergio who endured a marathon time twice as he normally finishes a marathon. And a big thank you to our Cheer Squad (Sugar, Yvette, Pat, Ken M, Sue, Lisa & Rob (who ran the 1/2 marathon Sat)) who travelled and endured the extended hours in Orlando to support us on Marathon Day!
Here's a Google Earth course run-through! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q26awn-I_Xc&list=PL4C524BF1027443FA&index=2
-Spice aka Gio