Thanks for checking out my blog. My name is Lynn.
I became interested in the marathon after the 1984 Summer Olympics. But it wasn’t until 22 years later when a friend of mine developed an incurable form of lymphoma that I actually laced up my first running shoes. After completing my first marathon, I was hooked.
I was on my way to completing my goal of 5 full marathons and 10 half marathons when I started having troubles of my own. I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM), a rare neurological disorder. I have kept running even though some people think I overdo it. I have found that running minimizes my TM symptoms. In fact, I recently read that research indicates “exercise can promote functional recovery.” There is no stopping me now.
While this may be taken out of its original context, it kind of sums up how I feel now – I am running as much as I can. For me it is not about the medals (or as runners refer to it, the bling). It is all about moving, a gift many people take for granted.
I am motivated by extraordinary people who pursue their goals of running marathons and ultra marathons, completing triathlons, biking across country, hiking thousands of miles, or whatever – the people everyone writes off as crazy. They give me inspiration to pursue my own goals of running an endurance race in each of the 50 states and all 6 of the Major Marathons.