26.2 miles seems daunting, but 138,336 feet seems nearly unimaginable. I’ve done it once and I’ll do it again. This time around the challenge of training has come over the summer months versus winter ones. Instead of layering up to run in snow and sleet, it’s been finding the least amount of clothes to acceptably run through the streets of Brooklyn. Instead of running at noon in February to get the most sun and warmth, I’ve been running at sunrise or sundown to avoid it. Most challenging has been doing it alone. In 2011 Team Eye and Ear trained together. Hills on Tuesdays and long runs on Saturday. Here in Brooklyn it’s just me and my iPod and the pavement, and the traffic.
The motivation however is unchanged. I run for people who cannot. I hope that on October 27th I can represent those doctors, researchers, nurses, and more importantly the patients who are a part of the Joslin Diabetes Center family. In 2006, nearly 67,000 non traumatic amputations were performed on diabetic patients.
Every donation made to Joslin Diabetes toward my goal of $2,000 will help to educate and treat those with diabetes in the hope that one less person may lose a limb, or go blind, or simply have to test their blood sugar a dozen times a day. Please consider joining me in this fight. Donations can be made by clicking HERE. If you are unable to donate please share this post. Awareness is a powerful tool.