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INSPIRE. IMPACT.

better late than never…

When I think back to what my relay segment meant to me, it’s hard to put into words. It was easily the greatest and most painful experience of my life. Running 132 miles in 5 days has made me truly realize ANYTHING is possible. I am so blessed and incredibly grateful for the MS Western PA Chapter, my family, my…

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Make It Real

I’ve run the finish of the MS Run the US – 2013 Relay before. I’ve run it thousands of times. The clarity of the experience is so vivid that I can feel the breeze rush across my face as my hands grip the adult disability stroller carrying my mom in front of me. I see the George Washington Bridge rise…

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In My Head

Being that it’s the final month of the inaugural MS Run the US 2013 Relay I know I should be blogging more, updating more, sharing more pictures, sharing more stories… I’m just not though, not as much as I would like.  I living day-to-day in my head while I help each of these Relay runners through a grueling running/fundraising task.…

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Just. Love.

Who are you to judge? Just love. You run. You run because… You run to be connected, so you share. Just love. You run to be in solitude, so silence is your shadow. Just love. You run with music to lift you up. Just love. You run without music to be organic. Just love. You run to meet your goal.…

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Do The Work

I hadn’t felt like writing lately and I’m not one to force my posts, so sorry for the gap in updates! Truly the last two runners, Clark and Bill, literally covered their miles in what seemed like a cake-walk. Throughout Clark’s 180-miles in 7-days and Bill’s 200-miles in 9-days they each individually had about 4-miles of their whole segment that…

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Muscles, Hospitals, and Real Love

I awoke suddenly with a loud “BANG BANG BANG” on my RV door. I could hear the rain pattering off of the roof and I could tell it was still early in to the night because it was pitch black out and I was in a deep sleep. I scrambled to find a flashlight in the dark and stumbled to…

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Bring On The Mojo

My car wouldn’t start, but it just didn’t bother me.  I had just got done aiding Adam with a Snickers bar & Coca-cola at his 12-mile stop when I went to start the car and all I got was the familiar click-click-click of a dead battery.  I left the lights on.  I got out and screamed to Adam a half…

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Wavering Believer

Lean not on your own understanding… I have that reminder on a travel mug I bought a few months back.  I have a strong and growing relationship with God, so yes I believe He has my best interest in mind.  Things have always worked out better in the past, so yes, I believe that the paths I’m on lead to…

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To Vegas and Beyond

Entering into Las Vegas was a whirlwind of positive emotions and continued Relay obstacles for myself and runner Jay Rawlings. The city marked the end of his journey and the beginning of Segment 3 with runner Adam Towle. Though Jay had to battle with the route and his injuries almost the entirety of his week, as we crested the hill…

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Desert Strength

It’s not that I didn’t think he couldn’t do it… it’s just, I’m already asking A LOT of these runners. So, logically, who in their right mind would take on the weight of an unpredicted additional 26-miles of running on top of an already heavy mileage week of 182-miles in 7 days? Wouldn’t it seem logical that Jay take the…

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