I was recently encouraged to enter a contest to grace the cover of Runner’s World magazine. While I was a little apprehensive about this at first, I eventually realized it was a chance to give my blood cancer crusade even greater exposure, rallying the blood cancer community and bolstering all cancer crusaders in the process. So I went for it. I needed to respond to the questions below. Be sure to visit the link and vote. You can vote every day but only once per day through August 18th.
How did you start running?
As an active kid and athlete growing up I feel like I have always been “running”. In high school my buddies were either fellow soccer players or cross country runners. So running wasn’t something we did, it was who we were. In college I learned to appreciate running as a therapeutic and zen like release and not simply a means for getting into physical shape. I started entering races in the mid 1980s and have never looked back.
What is the personal running accomplishment you are most proud of?
I have lived with a chronic form of leukemia since 2006 and have been a triathlon coach with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program ever since. There is nothing I love more than celebrating the accomplishments of all of our athletes. But the one that stands out on a personal level is the 2009 New Jersey marathon which my wife and I did with Team in Training. I ran, she walked and many many people won as we raised funds and awareness for the blood cancer community and celebrated my remission.
Why is running important to you?
I am always happiest when I am in motion. No matter how far, or how fast, if I am moving, I am in a good place. Running also means remission to me. I have used running and endurance sports as weapons in my treatment arsenal to keep my disease in my rear view mirror, helping others along the way to do the same. I often ran home from chemotherapy treatments to remain in control of my leukemia. Running is health. Running is freedom. Running is happiness. When in doubt – get moving.
Describe yourself in one word: Relentless
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