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    Posted April 25, 2013 by
    Related to: Why I'm running for Boston
    CNN columnist John Sutter explains the origins of the Run for Boston movement and why he's pledging to run a marathon by April 2014.
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    Patriot's Day

    I read John D.Sutter's article, and was inspired to #runforboston. I ran a 10K the very next weekend at the School for International Training/World Learning, in Brattleboro, Vermont where I live. There were runners from all over the world, and local runners from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts there to raise money for local charities through the United Way.

    I was so inspired by the #runforboston movement, that I asked the photographer if all the runners could yell "Run for Boston" when she snapped the photo. It was awesome, and afterwards, many runners came up to me and said thanks.

    The last time I ran a HALF, I was with Team New England in Boston a few years ago. Running my first half marathon for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America was one of the most awesome things I have ever done. I was very proud of myself, but I realized I was mostly proud of my fellow runners, my mentor and my coaches—an inspiring group! I felt secure and happy surrounded by fellow Crohnnies and uc-ers! We laughed a lot, and encouraged each other during the race. I remember at mile 11, one of my coaches urged me on, and I thought I would totally give up at that point, but I wanted to RUN. The whole thing!

    I did it (in something like 2-1/2 hours, but who cares—I finished and I did run the entire way). I met tons of people (there were over 5,000 runners!) who had serious cases of Crohn’s and UC. I will never forget how close we became and how they inspired me. AND NOW, I AM doing it again…. this time in honor of the victims and the tenacious survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    After my terminal ileum, ileo-secal valve, and a big part of my Sigmoid colon (that’s part of the large intestine that had been damaged by a fistula that had spread across my abdomen and formed a tumor, that was thankfully benign) were removed, it took me weeks to get back on my feet, and I took baby steps —like walking to the mailbox each day was a big deal! After I had recovered from surgery, I kept looking for activities that would help me stay in remission, like running.

    While my pain is gone for now, we can never be too sure if or when the disease will come back, and it appears to be on the rise again with a new severe case near the area of my previous surgery. That is why my journey will continue to California, and beyond—by April, 2014, I will be officially logged in as a #runforboston runner...when I go to CA in July, I will wear the armband like the Boston Red Sox, too!
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