|1988 Chicago Marathon |
Uncle Tom is #5232
I have volunteered for the American Cancer Society before, through their Relay For Life events, and I know how dedicated the ACS is to finding a cure for this heart-breaking disease. That weighs on my mind, knowing that my mom's brother and both of her parents battled cancer (Grandpa survived it in the 1950s).
Also, my Uncle Tom was a marathoner. He ran the Chicago Marathon many times in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a couple other marathons. I would love to “run in his footsteps.” I only wish we could run together, but I often feel like he is there during my races, pushing me along during the last few challenging miles.
Finally, as I dedicate myself to months of marathon training, I will follow the lead of my BFF Ultra Vera. She runs (and runs far) because she wants to see what her body is capable of. I know that I have two healthy legs and two healthy lungs, and I love the idea of pushing them to their limits, and then some, to see what I can achieve.
I love that running makes us discover things about ourselves that we never knew were possible. I never thought I would run 13.1 miles at once. But now I know that I can, and that I actually love doing it. I can’t wait to find out what 26.2 miles feels like! I am already counting down the days to October 7, 2012.
If you'd like to support my fundraising:
"Boo Cancer" "Runnerd" etc.
Proceeds from shirt sales will benefit
the American Cancer Society.
Make a direct donation on my
ACS Fundraising Page.
If you like purses and purse-like things, I'm doing a virtual party with Thirty-One.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.