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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Not sure if you had a chance to listen in to Friday's show but during Jim Olson's interview ( between 12-1pm, I committed to run a half marathon in the Fall. In case you don't really know me personally, there is much more to this statement than meets the eye.

I have always said I wanted to run a marathon. I think it goes back to when I was really young, my very unhealthy dad lost over 100 pounds by dieting and running. He became one of those people who ran in races throughout the race season. His commitment to running came from the fact that it probably saved his life. It also took his life. When my dad was 56, he had knee surgery and contracted a staph infection. Later that year, while in recovery from the surgery, he began running again, and he had a heart attack which lead to his death a few days later. I am pretty sure his body was not fully recovered from the infection and caused the attack. My dad was truly my hero and I miss him terribly, even almost 20 years later.

I have battled injuries and my weight for years. Read: I have battled myself. And now it is over. I have a true intention of running and finishing this half marathon. I will start healthy and finish healthy. And I am going to run this particular race in memory of my dad, who died on November 3, 1993. Love you, Dad.

Every race after that is dedicated to my kids, because they deserve the best mom they can get. The kind of mom who doesn't give up on herself. And I won't because now I have help. Thanks, Jim.

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