Running After Hurricane Sandy

Goals are never reached easily,

When you sit down and think about all the things that could possibly go wrong during the day, rarely do we think about Mother Nature bringing something major into our problems.  It seems that we tend to take the things like blue sky and an easy breeze for granted.

Here I am sitting, watching this chaos go on all over the east coast and I can’t believe that I am only days away from being there to see the aftermath.  The marathon is Sunday, and although this has been a huge storm that has brought an abundance of problems, I have received word that the run will go on.

It is safe to say that the marathon I envisioned running will be a lot different than the one I actually run.  Prior to this, there was an expectation of over 47,000 runners and over 2 million spectators throughout the race.  With flooding and people’s wellbeing at risk, my question is how many runners will still show up to run?  And how many people are actually going to be spectators at an event at a time like this?

We started this mission in April with a goal of helping those who are unable to run on their own.  With the circumstances standing as they are now, we have another mission.

We all have a tendency to look for the perfect opportunity to start something.  We all have the belief that we need to wait until exactly the right time.  With the storm in full effect tonight, it is clear that the time is not perfect for anyone to go and run in the New York Marathon.  As a matter of fact, it could be dangerous traveling to an unfamiliar place that may not have electricity.

But we have come so far, and if the New York City Marathon is going to go on, then we will be there, ready to finish what we set out to accomplish in April.

We Run Because We Can!

Elijah

We Did It!!

#WeRunCauseWeCan                                             #RunTheWalk

Thanks to great friends and support from so many participants in this past weekends event, I am happy to say that we have officially punched our ticket to run in the NYC marathon. All the training has been intense, and it has been great having my team there every step of the way!

This past weekend we had over 150 participants run in our first 5k/10k.  It was a success in more than just numbers.  During the race, I was able to connect with people from all walks of life.  Some of the participants were cancer survivors themselves and hearing their stories only made our mission that much more meaningful.

Dating back to just a couple of weeks ago, our chances of attaining our $4,000 goal was looking slim to none.  We were at $1,190, and had no idea what kind of numbers we were going to get at our event.  I will say that G Garza was the man with the plan on this one.  He was able to gather his community of Rancho Viejo and get them on board with our vision and purpose.  G would not have been able to do this alone.  A Special thanks to the Rancho Viejo Community and all of the workers that provided assistance to make this event a success.  Natalie Sales, the country club and resort fitness director, was the person who really helped solidify everything!  Natalie I cannot thank you enough for everything you did, without you and Rancho Viejo’s help, the event wouldn’t be possible.

I am in still in amazement that we raised $2,915 on the event considering we only had four weeks to prepare.  I am happy to say that we have raised $4,105!

My team has been behind me from the start and we are now about to run in NYC.

To everyone that has donated, I want to thank you for helping us get to our goal.  For those of you who participated in our event this past weekend, you have no idea how much you did by showing up and supporting our cause.

We Run Because We Can!

Elijah

3 Weeks Till The Big Day

Over The Hump With Training

Yesterday I finished my last LONG run (20 miles!)  in preparation for the NYC Marathon on November 4. It was hard, but nothing like fighting cancer.   By mile 15 my joints hurt and all I could think about was the pain that these patients must be in at all times throughout the day.  I can’t believe in 3 weeks I will be running 26.2 through the streets of NYC!

I really feel blessed to get the opportunity to be running as a charity runner for  the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).   I am running for the MMRF because they are recognized as a  leader in cancer research and budget 90% of every dollar raised to research.  In fact the MMRF is rated in the top 1% of all non-profits by Charity Navigator!

The team and I have made a commitment to raise a minimum of $4000 for the MMRF. We have managed to raise $1080 so far, and with only 3 weeks left we know we have a ways to go, but don’t doubt for a second that we will get there.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated, and for those who would still like to donate,  we would appreciate your support with a tax deductible donation.

You can support me here:  http://www.active.com/donate/2012mmrfNYC/RunTheWalk  Donations of any size are appreciated!

Until next time,

Keep Running

Elijah

Fighting Cancer And Motivating Others To LIVE

Above is a picture of Dinora, a woman that has absolutely moved me beyond any word describable.  Her story has brought  tears to my eyes.  Seeing what it is like for a mother facing what Dinora is now forced to face., I can’t help but think about my past.  I have been on the other side, watching my mom slowly be taken over by a disease, but never in my 18 years since losing her, did I ever stop to see the events unfold from my mom’s perspective  as she faced the inevitable.
I do not know Dinora personally, but when I step out to run tomorrow’s long 17 miles, her life  and story will be weighing heavily on my mind, fueling me with the motivation needed to finish the training.  We all have a tendency to go through a day complaining about the reasons why that day may have been so hard, or not gone our way.  Below I have posted the words that Dinora wrote that moved me so tremendously.  Please read, and following the reading, stop and ask yourself if the complaints are really worth wasting our precious breathes on.
“Hi friends,
Life fighting cancer is generally two steps forward, one back. Sometimes it’s two forward, 1,000 steps back…that’s where we are now. Last week I began having some headaches—the short of it is that the cancer has spread to the base of my neck, to the nerves leading to my ears, and in the lining of my brain. Wow…you have to give credit to such awful cells that are capable of working around chemo and still paving new paths of destruction. This setback is, well, more than that. My doctors have given me 6-12 months unless God grants me a miracle (which we’d love, of course!).
6-12 months
How do you wrap your head around that?  Between dwelling on it and sometimes avoiding it; it’s an impossible thing to think about.
As a wife, my heart breaks for my high school sweetheart who will soon navigate life as a single dad BUT he does have a Superman cape under his t-shirts and I know he’ll do an amazing job with Ethan and Asher. God knew what he was doing all those years with Mr Varsity Tennis Champ and Little Ole Freshman Tennis Team me. :-) As a mommy to my 7 & almost 11-year old boys, it’s against my very nature of protecting them and never causing them pain to put them through this. Ethan understands the time frame, Ash is too young to fully grasp it so he’s protected. They both see a mommy who’s weak, tired, and lost a lot of weight but I remind them of the mommy who rode a bazillion rollercoasters at Disney, loved Sea World, the beach, took them for slurpees and Mexican sweetbread after school, and cheered LOUDLY at countless baseball games. I’m their biggest fan!  These are the memories I want them to keep tucked in their hearts.

I don’t know why God chose this path for me but as I’ve told our boys, this world is broken and comes with lots of hurts. It won’t be whole until Jesus reclaims it. It’s unimaginable to me that I won’t be here walking next to my boys, but trust that I’ll be watching them from my Heavenly Father’s side. This girl cannot miss a baseball game!
For now, we will try one last chemo option that will merely keep bad symptoms at bay for a few months and allow me to hopefully enjoy that time as fully as I can with my 3 boys.  I know each day I have to pour into them is a great privilege…the beautiful privilege of being a mommy and a wife. What a beautiful blessing!  Hugs, DPS.  See you Sunday at the DN5K Run!  Just know I’ll be the girl wiping her eyes with tissues. :-)