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About the Runner

Updated: September 11, 2010 –

Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m a novice runner with two goals this season: Run [my first] 26.2 Miles and Raise $26,200 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You’re probably wondering why? My answer is pretty simple – I have no kids, but I like knowing that one day – if and when I do – St. Jude’s will be there if we ever need it. As such, in the meantime, I’m trying to spend some time being a part of it’s ongoing operation and success.  When it came to signing up for a Marathon, for a while, I thought, “I just can’t.” But the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their families truly inspire me.  I still have many moments of “I can’t” but when I do, they remind me, “If they can. Then I can try.”

In regards to running, my running hobby started sometime during the Fall of 2007.  I used to go to the gym before work and I would walk for 10 minutes as a “warm-up,” then run for 10 minutes, and then walk for another 10 before leaving to get started on the day.  That was the beginning …

Fast forward a few months, and I ran my first official race – a 5k  (3.1 miles) – in August 2008.  It was an evening race with a start time of 7pm.  I was so nervous that I couldn’t eat anything all day. Looking back, it’s quite humorous, but at the time, it was a BIG DEAL.

Since that inaugural race, I’ve ran a few 5Ks, a 5-Miler, a 10-K, a 10-Miler, and two half-marathons.  (And I’ve got two more half marathons coming up before The Marathon on December 4th). Prior to this update, I would have told you I wasn’t a ‘runner’. Honestly, I have no inherent desire to run a marathon other than my ambition to say, “I did that.” But since I started my training in July, I’ve come to the conclusion that I AM a “runner” – on one condition:  I run for a cause.  This goal, raising money for St. Jude’s in combination with training for a marathon, has really enhanced my perception of and deepened my love of running.

I hope you like the blog. I hope you follow me through the ups and downs of training and fund-raising over the next few months. Above all, I hope the patients of St. Jude’s inspire you too in whatever it is that you choose to do.

Happy running,

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  1. September 26, 2010 8:26 pm

    Don’t forget to take plenty of time to stretch after each training run – it’s very important to prevent injury. See you Friday – keep up the good work.

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