I am running the NYC Marathon this year.
My husband Abe and I are both training for it, and we are running to raise awareness and money for an important cause. We are a part of Fred's Team, and every dollar we raise goes entirely towards cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the cancer hospital in New York City where Abe works.
This is something important to us, as we've had so many close family members and friends touched in some way by cancer. Abe's mother had breast cancer, and we've been so encouraged seeing her undergo extensive treatment and come out of it, stronger and healthier each day.
Training the past six months with a baby has not been easy. We started running in May, when Miles was just eight months old. Scheduling runs around his naps, meals, and our unpredictable workdays has been difficult. So we've had to make creative arrangements to run -- pushing him in the stroller while he naps during the day, or after he goes to sleep at night (8pm run in the dark, anyone?). Yet it's been so rewarding to run as a family. Though pushing a stroller on every run can be cumbersome, we've grown to love training with our baby nearby. It's been an incredible way to spend time together and explore parts of New York City I hadn't seen before: the quiet stretch on the West Side up to the George Washington Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, parts of Brooklyn, and even the Central Park loop which I'm ashamed to say I've never run the six years I've lived here. I'd run the marathon with Miles if I could!
With the run less than a month away, and this being the first marathon for either of us, we're training harder than ever. We're excited about the personal challenge, but more meaningful is the opportunity to improve prospects for cancer patients everywhere. So I hope you will join us by contributing to this important goal, and we'll be so grateful for your support.
Read more about Fred's Team and why we are running here, and consider helping us support this cause. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds we raise goes directly to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
I will be giving a limited edition 8x10" screenprint (printed by the awesome folks at Mama's Sauce) to donors who give $100 or more. Stay tuned -- more details on the design will be announced here on the blog later this week.