My Journey to the Chicago Marathon

For those of you that have been following my blog, IG or know me personally, you know how much I love running.  I recognize how lucky I am to be a runner. I can go out and run whenever I want, just lace up my Altras and take off. Some people aren’t as lucky. And they are my number one reason for running. I run for those who can’t. Now, I am literally running for those who can’t because I have joined MDA Team Momentum! You may remember I wrote a post about becoming the MDA Team Momentum San Diego Coach. I am coaching our team to run the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon/Half Marathon (you can read that post here). Well, my endurance manager signed up to run the Chicago Marathon for MDA and asked me to join her. There was no talking me into it. I knew I had to do this.

I am so honored to coach for the MDA, and even more honored to run for them and the families they help. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is an organization that I can stand behind, be proud, promote their message and help them to fight muscle diseases.

MDA is fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the devastating effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

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I raced a 5k this weekend that I was not as prepared for as I wanted to be. I knew it would be hard, and while I hate to admit it, I thought I’d just run a comfortable pace and not ‘try too hard’. That is what I thought to myself as we lined up at the start. It wasn’t an easy race but about half way through I felt so much better than I thought I was going to.  This picture captures the second I felt my ‘fuck yes, I can do this’ kick in. This is totally my game face, my you’re not passing me, I am sprinting the chute face. This whole race I just thought about who I was running for and even if it hurt, I could take it for 3.1 miles. It was worth it. It always is.

Muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases take away physical strength, independence and life. Find out who gets these diseases, what causes them, what the symptoms and life expectancy are for people affected by them, and how MDA research is leading the way to treatments and cures. – mda.org. As you follow my training for the Chicago Marathon (via my blog) I hope you will keep in mind to be thankful for every run you take. I know I sound like a broken record here, but I just can’t express enough how near and dear this is to my heart. So, now comes the part where you can help to  support me in my journey. You can go to my fundriasing page, Raising Funds to Fuel the Fight for Muscle Health, and support me, the MDA and all of the families that the MDA helps. Together we can fight muscle diseases, and with your help I can raise money by doing what I love. Run.
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