July 15, 2011

And it Begins…and it begins with me!

I woke up this morning to emails from friends and family who all watched the clip from Living Healthy Chicago and the words that kept on repeating in the emails were inspiration, motivation, hope.  I decided today that I am going to run as much or as little as I can of the Chicago Marathon. My goal is to do the first 5 miles and the last 5 miles to run with my best friend Liz who is running for Dystance for Dystonia with me.  Liz has seen it all: the ups, the downs, the limps, the brain surgery, the finish lines, the scars, all of it.  I am truly honored she will be running this with me to raise money for a cure.

Today, I started running – I ran about 3 miles and loved every minute of it.  When I needed to stop, I stopped.  Running with Dystonia is not about beating PRs or timing myself; running with dystonia is about sharing the awareness of the disease…letting others know that Dystonia is not a death sentence and most of all letting others be inspired to get up lace their shoes and do what is your own personal goal.

For me 10 seems reasonable.  Maybe even 13 miles…But its not about the distance or the time, it is about the run and the journey of getting there.  I have limitations, I acknowledge that; but I also love the ability of inspiring!

Please support me in raising funds for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation!



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