When I was in my 20's I had a goal to run a marathon by the time I was thirty. That goal came and went and because of stressful life circumstances I put myself and my health on hold. Then, I decided to make a change.
Three years ago I began to focus on my mental and physical health. I bought a Peloton and really began to love being active every day. Two years ago a group of friends from Peloton decided to throw our hats into the ring and run a half marathon together. In 2019 I ran 3- 1/2 marathons (Austin, Chattanooga, and Atlanta). That gave me the confidence that perhaps I could handle a full marathon and maybe achieve that goal that I had set for myself many years ago.
I have entered the lottery on several occasions, but have never gotten that "lottery ticket". This year I entered Chicago again and didn't get in and I was disapointed. But then a friend of mine who I met through Peloton and ran a half marathon with dropped a bombshell on us and told our group of her diagnosis of a brain tumor. Quickly, a plan evolved. We are going to run NYC Marathon with The Brain Tumor Foundation. We will run it together, we will cross that finish line in solidarity. We will run for a cause.
A cause I have strong ties to as a former bedside RN in a Neurosurgical ICU at Emory University for many years. I have seen, held hands, treated, and hugged family members of those affected by brain tumors. I have seen a wide array of diagnoses with an equally wide array of outcomes. I get to accomplish a goal that I have set for my self for many years and I get to raise money for a very worthy cause at the same time. Most importantly I get to run along side this brave and amazing woman who may benefit from all the money that is raised for this wonderful organization.
I will be able to bring my young children to NYC for the first time and have them see me cross that finish line. I get to instill in them the importance of fundraising, of healthy living, of exercise, of hardwork and dedication that goes in to training for a marathon, and of the strength of friendships and the lengths you'll go to support others whom you love.
I thank you in advance for being a part of my journey.
Katrina (Katie) (Kategory5)