Sunday, October 16, 2011


Here I am, a mere three weeks away from my first ever marathon - the New York City Marathon - and probably my only one. As I reflect back on where I came from in this journey to the finish, starting way back when I was first diagnosed with RA (and I thought I'd never have the chance to accomplish this type of a goal), I am amazed by the strength surrounding me:

- The strength of my support system: family, friends, my fiancé.
- The strength of my medication and supplements that have me feeling well enough to DO THIS!
- The strength of my network that supported me with my fundraising efforts and gave me the courage and encouragement to accomplish this. When I feel tired or achy, I think of everyone that believed in me, and I push forward.
-And, perhaps most importantly, the strength I have found within myself, both mentally and physically.

Halfway through a 10 mile run this morning, I found myself in awe of myself. If you had asked me six month ago if I could run 10 miles, I would have laughed in your face. But my body feels strong and able, and my mind feels ready. As short as a few weeks ago, I gave up on a 14 mile run, telling my fiancé that I couldn't do it - and how would I ever be able to complete 26 miles if I can't even do 14?? Now, I feel confident that I can and WILL complete 26.2 miles. Running, walking - whatever it takes.

Look for me at the finish!

Be strong...


  1. you can do it, kat!!! i will be cheering you on from the sidewalk in brooklyn!

  2. I bow to your greatness! Every mile you run is A-MAZ-ING! I'll be cheering you on from Los Angeles.

  3. Thanks for the support ladies!!!!! xoKat