I am excited to announce that I will be running this year’s New York City Marathon as a member of the Celiac Disease Foundation’s “Team Gluten-Free.” Training has been going well and now that I have hit double-digit mileage for my long runs I feel comfortable sharing this with all of you. I vowed to never run another marathon after getting injured in 2013, but I could not pass up the opportunity to run and raise funds for celiac disease. My five teammates and I have each committed to raise $3500 for celiac disease education, research, and advocacy while training for the marathon on November 2nd.
I was able to resume running after a long hiatus following my celiac diagnosis in 2010 and I credit running with helping me to cope with having celiac disease and other autoimmune issues. Just last month I added a new tab called “Running” to the top of my blog in hopes to be able to connect with other GF runners and to be able to share information. Please check it out if you are a runner and/or are interested in starting to run.
As of this morning I was $1675 away from meeting my fundraising goal. I am asking for your help in helping me to get to $3500. Over the last few weeks I have reached out to family and friends (a huge thanks to all who have already donated) and I am now reaching out to our celiac community. The link to my fundraising site can be found here.
Thanks so much in advance for your help and support. I look forward to representing all of us who need to be gluten-free and you will all be in my heart on marathon day. Also, please let me know if you are also planning on running or watching the NYC marathon…I would love to be able to connect in person! I plan to be in NYC from Friday through Monday of the marathon weekend.
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite running quotes:
“Long distance runner, what you standing there for? Get up, get off, get out the door.” -Grateful Dead, Fire on the Mountain
“I don’t run because I love the feeling of running. I run because it makes me love the feeling of living.” -Bonnie Pfiester
“That’s the greatest thing about running; your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” -Kara Goucher