The MS Run the US – Relay is an annual 3,100-mile relay run across America for the MS cause. www.msruntheus.com
This year I ran segment 6 from Vernal, UT to Steamboat Springs, CO. 166 miles in 6 days! See my relay journey here:
Location: Omaha, NE
Family: John (my husband and biggest supporter), Luke (6), and Piper (4)
My Runner Story:
I grew up playing sports but HATED running. After college, an amazing thing happened, I no longer HAD to run, and I began to love it. I lived in beautiful places such as the Bahamas, San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Colorado, and what better way to see it than to run it.
My brother was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19 and progressed quickly. Growing up, he was my hero; smart, athletic, and an all-around nice guy. It was horrible to see the progression of the disease every time I came home and it wasn’t long before he was in a wheelchair. From that point on, I ran for him as he could no longer run for himself.
In 2005, I began to have numbness in my thumb for a couple of weeks at a time. I was playing a lot of volleyball, so I chalked it up to a sports injury. Then, it spread all the way across my hand. I knew then what it was, and tests quickly confirmed it. At 28 years old, I was diagnosed with MS as well. My outlook on life changed. I decided I can sit in wallow in the diagnosis and wait to be in a wheelchair like my brother, or I can fight tooth and nail for every step and live life to the fullest every day.
I chose the second option. I often say being diagnosed is the best thing that could have happened to me. I began to work to live, and not live to work. I don’t let little things get me down, because I know things could be worse… I see that worst case scenario when I see my brother. I have continued running further and further since being diagnosed to push my body and keep it at the highest level of strength I can. I have amazing support from my husband, kids, and friends that has allowed me to run half marathons and do triathlons. This is my next challenge. I refuse to give in to MS and I need your help to fight this disease!
UPDATE: I have finished my run and it was amazing. I ran through rain, snow and sleet. The scenery was beautiful and the support I received brought me to tears. I'm still trying to put together my thoughts on the whole thing..... someday.