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Why? Why I do what I do...

Racing to find a cure!

Aside from helping to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with hopes to make a are the other reasons why I trek mile after mile after mile:

The words that best describe why I do what I do are best written by John "The Penguin" Bingham (featured in the April 2006 Edition of Runners World Magazine):
Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases a memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each footstrike rubs away a word, a look, or an event, which led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp.

As it turns out, many penguins weren't running to anything. We were running from bad habits and bad relationships; from the worst of ourselves in a desperate attempt to find the best of ourselves. Ultimately we discovered that running was the means to that end.

The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start
I do this because I can.  I do this because for all those years as a fat kid/teen/adult - people looked at me like I was a worthless slug.  Or maybe that was my own internal dialogue.  Despite the pain in my back, my knees, my feet - when some days it hurts more than one can imagine to just get out of bed...I just can't allow myself to NOT keep moving. 
Sometimes I feel that I have to prove myself...but to who?  With my 20 year high school reunion coming up in May, I feel the need to have something worthy to share.  And what is more worthy than having helped raise money for such a cause?  And how many of the class of 1986 can say they've completed a full marathon? 
But in the grand scheme of things, who really cares?  Well, maybe not those I went to HS with...a few perhaps will give a damn...the rest won't even know who the hell I am.   But I can safely say, that in the eyes of my teammates and those I walk the miles for - that I am worthy....and never in my life have I ever felt so loved.
That is worth the run...the walk....the shuffle...the slog.....

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