I remember as a kid going to watch my dad run in 5K and 10K runs. I always thought it was so cool, to see the huge pack of runners at the starting line, then taking off. I remember looking to find my dad in the crowd of people. He has always been a runner. I have never been a runner. Until recently.
When Maggie was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, I googled Rett everyday and every night to find out everything I could. I ran across this charity Girl Power 2 Cure. I loved their message. I also saw that they have a team of people that runs every year to raise money. I knew I had to be a part of that team. So I followed them on facebook and as soon as they announced they would be taking part in the Disney Avengers 1/2 marathon, I jumped at the chance. This was a good 1/2 marathon for me to start with, I live in California and I could easily get there. So I began to train for it. I didn’t get very far into my training and then my knee started to swell. I had water in my knee. The doctor told me to rest it. So I did. For my first 1/2 marathon I didn’t get to train, but I knew I could do it. For some reason, I wasn’t nervous about it. I just knew that I would finish the race for Maggie.
Needless to say, I was in pain by mile 8 and didn’t think I would finish the race by mile 10 but pushed myself to the finish. I cried all the way through mile 13, happy to be done, happy to raise awareness and money for Rett Syndrome and I also was in a lot of pain. My sister and niece were there to support me (my niece Kaylen ran as well, she finished before I did), as I went through the finish line, I saw them cheering me on. I waved at them, stopped for a picture then hobbled my way to the medical area. I was in pain, but also felt so accomplished. It had been a long time since I felt so alive. The diagnosis of Rett Syndrome, took a part of me, that I can’t get back, it has drained me emotionally and physically. Being able to finish the race without training, I knew we would find a treatment & cure for Rett. Although, I wouldn’t suggest running without training. So now I am training for my second 1/2 marathon and will be joining Girl Power 2 Cure in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Rett. I feel better about myself and my training this time around. I’ve learned more about my body and my stamina and I am really starting to enjoy running.
So now I am a runner. I run for Maggie. To inspire her, to find her a cure, and I don’t plan on stopping until we have one.