I know I’ve been M.I.A. for way too long, but it felt good to step away from technology for the weekend. Although, I can’t say I wasn’t stalking my google reader. I had an awesome workout Saturday and my legs are still sore. I went to dinner the the city at The Smith for my friend’s birthday. Joe and I slept in Sunday and watched the extremely inspirational NYC marathon. We then went to his sister’s house to celebrate 2 of his nephew’s birthdays. Then, to finish off the weekend, we ordered pizza and watched Boardwalk Empire on HBO.
I’ve also neglected to write my November goals. I realize that this month, between work and the holiday, will be crazy. So, my goals are not nearly as strategic as September or October. I simply want to make sure to be thankful for something every day, as Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And I want to spend as much time with my family as my schedule allows. I may have to drive to PA for only one day for Thanksgiving, but I don’t care.
Now, I’ll get into what I really want to talk about today.
RUNNING FOR A CAUSE
A few weeks ago, I hit a milestone. I finally hit the 8 mile mark while running one Saturday morning. It’s been quite a battle the past few years after having surgery on both of my hips. I’ve had trouble building up my mileage because of pain in my hip and having to stop running for weeks at a time to rest. I even went to see my surgeon again, who recommended physical therapy. Instead, I’ve been doing more foam rolling and started focusing on stretching before and after my runs. I have to admit, I wasn’t always an avid stretcher and I totally regret every time that I failed to stretch. However, lately I have been feeling really good about my runs, before and after.
I’ve thought about looking into half marathons for a while now. After this weekend’s NYC marathon, I have running on the brain! I am so inspired by everyone who has trained for a marathon, and even half-marathon. I love reading recaps of races, like this weekend’s Savannah half and marathon posts including Julie, Tina, and Mehgann. Also, SkinnyRunner who ran the Savannah marathon and the NYC marathon the next day! WOW! I also enjoyed updates from Janae, Theodora, and Tina. It takes a lot of dedication and I want to feel that accomplishment of crossing the finish line, not just seeing the numbers on the treadmill or garmin.
My grandfather has battled Parkinson’s disease for about 20 years now and in the past 2 years it has progressed immensely. Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The disease is usually defined as idiopathic, or “having no known cause”. however it is more likely if a first degree relative had the disease. There are currently treatments available but the disease does get to a point where the drugs become ineffective. Currently, there are no new dramatic treatments, but research has shown that gene therapy, stem cell transplants and neuroprotective agents could be useful.
My grandfather and I on Easter (2011)
Most people know about Michael J. Fox and his struggle with the disease. After having researched the NYC half-marathon on March 18th, 2012 thanks to Katherine, I found that Team Fox is running this race and I’d be tasked with rasising $1,000. I would love to be able to run the race with Team Fox and raise $1,000 in honor of my grandfather.
According to the website,
“Over 5 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder whose cause is currently not known. The Michael J. Fox Foundation was founded in 2000 with one goal — to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson’s disease. Today MJFF is the largest private funder of Parkinson’s research in the world. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is proud that $.86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to our research programs.”
Of course, as soon as I mentioned this to my mother she was worried about me being able to raise the money. I am confident that between my family, friends, work, blog and possibly having an event at a local bar/restaurant, that I can raise the money. Plus, I’d definitely throw in my fair share. I’ve contacted Team Fox and I hope to get this moving soon!
I really wanted to see if any of you had any input?
- Have you run a race for a cause?
- If so, how did you raise the money?
- Do you think raising $1,000 is attainable?
- Last but not least, have you followed a half marathon training program that you would recommend?