She did it again. Kaitlyn beat me to the finish line in another race this morning. She ran her record to 3-0-1 against me. I will beat her one day.
This morning, we braved the cool weather and strong wind as we participated in the Family Fun Run that is part of the Breast Cancer Marathon, aka 26.2 with Donna. This is the event’s 5th year and the third time we have made the trip to Jacksonville to participate. Kaitlyn completed her first Donna race today, and could not have been more proud of herself as she happily wore her medal for the rest of the morning.
One of the best parts of the day for me was when Kaitlyn asked me when she can run a half marathon with me. I told her that maybe she should tackle a 5k first and build up from there. It makes me happy that she is so into running, and the individual nature of running lends itself well to a person with Asperger’s because it is purely a physical activity with no real team dynamic that could cause her to falter a little.
I will beat her to the finish line one day!
Everything I have read and learned about having a child with autism points to a lifetime of advocacy and caregiving. I guess it would be considered a marathon, not a sprint.
Another marathon is the fight against cancer. This coming February 12, I will be running in the Breast Cancer Marathon for the third time; I will be running the half this year (13.1 miles). I ran the full (26.2 miles) in 2009 and 2010, and came away very impressed at the amazing crowd and volunteer support. As part of the registration this year, runners were given the option to create a fundraising homepage. I have taken the opportunity to create one, and I hope that you will visit it. My fundraising goal is $1,000.
Life is full of sprints, but it is also full of marathons, and any way I can help bring awareness to the marathon of researching to find a cure for all types of cancer, I will do it. This is a great event and I am proud to be associated with it.
I spent the early part of the week limping around the house, recovering from running a marathon. With three under my belt, I consider myself a “marathoner,” even though that title probably applied after the first one. I’m often asked why I would run 26.2 miles with nothing chasing me, and my response is always the same, “because a vast majority of the population won’t.” Some can’t, most won’t. It is hard and time-consuming to train for and complete one, and that is most likely why most people don’t bother attempting one. To each their own.
To me, there is something about pushing my body past the point where my mind says “enough.” It is a 26.2 mile battle against myself.
This past weekend, I completed the 26.2 with Donna for the second time. The crowd support on course is amazing, and I was fortunate to have my two biggest fans, my wife and daughter, there to support me and cheer me on. The event is in support of finding a cure for breast cancer, and I was honored to run in memory of a good friend’s late mother.
Running has been a form of therapy for me now for over 3 years, and every step has been worth the effort. I am healthier now than ever before. The best part is that my daughter wants to run a race with me, and I will be the beaming dad crossing the finish line after her in a one mile fun run in March!