First Thing is First
Thank you all so freaking much for the support you showed during last year's fundraiser. Between the two fundraisers (2017 Columbus Cap City "Half Marathon" and 2017 Chicago Marathon), we managed to raise an astounding $6,205.78 to benefit The American Brain Tumor Association. I don't think it is possible for me to fully express how grateful I am for the generosity that our friends, family, and colleagues have shown in the past ~15 months. These donations help the ABTA continue to develop support programs for those living with brain tumors and their families and fund cutting edge research in promising fields like immunology. With these funds, the ABTA will work towards improving, extending, and saving the lives of people impacted by this diagnosis.
Though significant strides have been made in treatment of brain tumors to help extend lives and improve quality of life dramatically (google the Duke Polio Vaccine trial because it's actually really cool and sort of similar to the immunotherapy trial Drew is participating in), there still is a lot of work left to do. Since the start of my first fundraiser last year, over 220,000 people have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Not all who are diagnosed with high grade tumors will perservere in the same way Drew has, maintaining good health and good spirits in the face of a GBM diagnosis. For those who know Drew, this can obviously be attributed to his world renowned stubbornness ("well I was going to do the dishes but since you made a thing about it, now I'm not going to." K.) This year, I'm not just running for Drew but also all the others who have to live with this diagnosis without his stubborn attitude.
Now On to This Year's Plans
Maybe I thought training without snow, ice, and -15 windchills was too easy. Maybe I thought Chicago was just a little bit too scenic for a run and all you really need for scenery is like 2-3 buildings and a smaller, browner, sludgier lake. Maybe I felt like 8-10 trips/year back to Ohio weren't quite enough. The point is, on May 20th I'll be running the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon to kick off my 2018 fundraising season. Learning from last year's Chicago Marathon, I've focused this year on consistent pacing and mid-run/post-run nutrition. This year though, I'll be running not just one but two full marathons. Only 2 weeks after I finish Cleveland, I'll begin training training for another go at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon which will take place October 7th. This next phase of training, I plan to build in additional mid-week mileage to peak closer to 60-65 miles per week compared to 47 while training for Cleveland. My fundraising goal this year will be to raise an additional $1,000 between the two marathons to support the ABTA and continue to work towards a better prognosis for the thousands of people affected by brain tumors every year.
If you want to keep an eye on how my training is progressing, feel free to give me a follow on Strava!
Thank you all again so much for your generosity, and good luck!