Tuesday, May 24, 2011
As you may know I am running on Sunday as a part of the American Cancer Society's team Determination.
I started running last year to help my weight loss. Running has literally saved my life. It has made me stay on track and be successful, it has allowed me to find an inner peace and deal with my depression. Most important it has made me feel in control and like I will achieve anything I set my mind to.
When I am having a bad day I know I can go for a good long run and my head will become clear. When I need a good cry I know my running shoes and the open road will listen to me. When I want to feel amazing I know pushing for a new PR in a race will do the trick. And I hope one day my daughter will be chasing me or rather I chasing her as we race side by side. This is my dream.
So I decided that since running has been so good to me I would use it to help give back. There is 1 person in my life who will never get to physically see me run, and see how far I have come in my weight loss. That woman was taken from me way too young.
That is my grandmother and her brother both have passed away from cancer. She was taken from us at 63 years old. Her brother my Uncle David was only 60. After my mother decided not to be a mother anymore, it was my grandmother who stepped up and took me under her wings. Growing up I was always close to her, I spent many summers sleeping over her house for weeks at a time. She always said she was my best friend and made me call her aunt when we were out because she said she was too young to be a grandmother ;) She had a beautiful soul and always brought our family together.
To say I miss her would be an understatement. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of her. It took me a long time to not cry everyday, it took a long time for me to deal with her loss. I sometimes envision her when I am running, as I am crossing into the finish line at a race. I know she would be at every single one cheering me in. I know she is proud of my healthy journey and how far I have come. I know she would adore my daughter.
So my goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society and run every single year at least 1 long race in her memory. This year I chose a half marathon, next year I have my heart set on a full.
This year I chose the Boston Run to Remember I loved the name it seemed so fitting. My running and getting healthy has inspired some of my coworkers to start running too! So we formed a team of 4 people and we are almost at goal!! So please help me get our team goal of raising $2,000. We are almost there only $590 to go!!!
Thank you to everyone who has already donated! It really means a lot to me.
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