In February I decided I wanted to start running. I was encouraged by my sister Caren to start, and also by this - The Brain Tumor Society/Race for Hope.
As many of you know my Mother passed away on December 3, 2007 from a brain tumor. When Caren told me about this fund raiser I was motivated and inspired to do this for my Mom. She was the most amazing women you could ever meet. She was kind, generous, caring, selfless, funny, an amazing Mommy, Wife and Grammy. I could go on and on. She was just so special to all of us and she was taken away from us too soon. I want to do this for her....I know she is looking down on us and guiding us everyday.
Now, I definitely consider myself to be in good shape. I workout regularly doing aerobics and weight training. I never thought I could run. I always thought it was too hard and I didn't have the stamina to do it. So one day in February I was at the gym and just got on the treadmill and started running. I ran 3 miles! I paced myself and realized I CAN run. I just needed to have the right frame of mind and be determined that I can do it.
I try to get to the gym about 4 times a week. Some days I do an aerobics/weights class, some days I run and some days, if I have time, I do both. I really love working out. It makes me feel good and it is something I really look forward to doing - it is just my time alone to do something for myself.
When I am working on my running I think about my Mom and how I know she is proud of me. I am doing this for her and for all that she did for ME.
The Race for Hope is in Philadelphia on November 2, 2oo8 and I will be running the 5K race in honor and memory of my Mother, Joyce.
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