For whom do I run?
By Sherlyn Celone-Arnold
I run for my husband, who's fighting brain cancer with all his might;
I run for our friends, also fighting this fight.
From Gershwin, to Ethel Merman, and Joe Biden’s son;
They all died of brain cancer, something must be done!
One’s lifespan after diagnosis, may range from 2-17 years;
We hope people will live longer, this brings me tears.
What can we do? We need to advance;
I am tired of living, on hope and a chance.
Let's raise funds for brain cancer research, we can work towards a cure;
If you could help me by donating, I will endure.
26.2 miles, am I out of my mind?!?
I’ve only run a 5k, I am so far behind!!
But with love in my heart, and HOKAs on my feet;
My spirit whispers to me, “You can’t be beat!”
Now, I know the training, is gonna take some grit;
So please cheer me on, and use some wit.
Rob’s run Chicago three times, while on chemo no less;
And what kept him going, was your acts of largesse.
There’s 170 days until the big race;
I’m running with Rob, I better STEP UP my pace!
I am scared, bewildered, and may need “my own” MRI;
But I know in my heart, I will give it my best try.
On my running playlist, I hear Imagine Dragon's "It's time" and "Whatever it takes,"
And then I realize, holy S#*! I've driven up the stakes!
So there's no need for drama, and no time for crap;
I better start logging them miles in, vs. taking a nap.
I signed up for a marathon, I am gonna have to dig deep;
This goes beyond faith, and taking a leap.
It’s a ton of hard work, and training indeed;
Your support WILL keep me going, in times of need.
I am excited to run with our friends, and my cousin Lou;
Who’d ever thought we’d come together, for 26.2!
But it’s more than the miles, it’s not just a race;
It’s about love and determination, and what we all face.
From diabetes to brain cancer, to running for paws;
We all have a mission, we run for a cause.
I am running with Rob so he’s not training alone;
I am running for me, because he is my home.
I committed to running for Team BreakThrough this year;
My fundraising goal is $ 1,000, oh dear!
If you could PLEASE help me, get off to a good start;
Together we can make a difference, and impact someone’s heart.
Donations will go to ABTA;
For brain cancer research at the end of the day.
So instead of buying a beer (or a coffee) this week;
Kindly donate and help me, meet the funding I seek.
Thank you for reading, my fundraising post;
I am running to make a difference, because that what matters most!
Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of my husband, brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs. No donation is to big or too small. Your donations are tax deductible.
Love and peace,
Wife, best friend and caregiver
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Had a little bit of a slow down
Between work, caregiving, health issues with our fur babies, and family matters last month, I needed to cut back on training. Plus running in the cold, just wasn't fun! It really hurt my lungs...even when breathing through my nose. Anyhow, I'm back in the saddle. Mixing up training on the road and at the gym. Starting a modified keto-diet too. Looking forward to posting a pre- and post pic in 30-days. All we can do is our best, one day at time. Thanks for your support! xox
by Sherlyn Celone-Arnold on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 @ 8:14 AM
Day 2 - WOW!
Well, I have 6 pairs of HOKAs (e.g., Conquest 2, Clifton 2, 2-Bondis, Gaviotas, and Arahi (new not worn yet)). I'm trying to figure out which will be my marathon shoes. Though I love my Clifton's, I think I'm too much of a newbie runner to train in them. I need a little more cushiness and stability, so I am leaning towards the Bondi or Gaviotas. Any thoughts? For those of you who know the HOKA brand, do you have any advice? Now that I'm focused on running again, I'm trying them all out to see what feels the best and provides the most support. I've been reading up on all the reviews. I may take my Arahi's back and get the Bondi 5s. I think until I get in better shape and more fluid with my running, those may be the best.
My WOW was for getting a very quick run in today, and I ran more than I walked for a change, but it was only 10 min. It felt good when I was done. Though it was HARD AS HECK - I can't wait until I'm in better aerobic shape!! God, how why did I allow myself to fall out of shape is what I kept thinking during the run. Well once I get it back, that's it. Until death will we part! This is too much! Riding bike tomorrow. Stretching now before bed. Ate relatively healthy (definitely was in my 1200 calorie limit). G'Nigh. S
by Sherlyn Celone-Arnold on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 11:13 PM
Started day 1 of training today. Sun. March 18th
It's been a tough winter for me. I had the Flu twice and treated for pneumonia three weeks ago. I finally turned a corner this week, and started my marathon training today! As part of my training, I plan to run the Fairfield Half on June 3rd and the Napa to Sonoma half on July 14th (b-day celebration)! I've never run more than a 5K in a race, so this is all new to me, but I'm excited!
Oh, and guess what? I got into the NYC marathon on the lottery! WOW! So I'm going to focus on running the @Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7th, and then the NYC Marathon on Nov., 4th! I'll see how training goes. Wish me luck.
But more importantly, Rob goes for his 6 week MRI follow-up tomorrow. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Tomorrow's a rest day for me. I'll post again later this week!
by Sherlyn Celone-Arnold on Sun, Mar 18, 2018 @ 11:30 PM