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I just read an inspiring story in Runner's World about a man named Rob Wilkinson, who had just completed treatment for tonsil cancer. The treatment left him so weak he could barely walk the stairs to his apartment, and had to drive the 200 yards between his home and his office. He started to run as a celebration of being cancer free in November of 2009, and loved it so much that he decided to run the Richmond Marathon to celebrate his first year being cancer free.

This story is special to me as I also ran the Richmond Half Marathon in November of 2009. I can see the route in my mind, and know the areas he ran in. It was a nice race for someone from Canada, although I imagine that many locals would have been freezing in the abnormally low temperatures that particular day.

This story outlines the many similarities there are between cancer treatment and running. There are ups and downs, moments of confidence and moments of pulling yourself out of the toilet. Many patients walk a fine line between these two states.

Running takes incredible willpower at times. Runners go through cycles, not unlike going through an illness and treatments. There are times when a runner is so inspired, that it takes no time to get the running clothes on and get out the door.

And then there are days like this, where it's -18 without the windchill. These are the days where it's much more difficult to get out. Even all the positive thinking in the world won't change anything! So today............in a very rare moment, I have decided to go to the gym. I will run on the treadmill, and maybe do some weights. Only 3 weeks until the 26.2 for Donna!

Once the running clothes are on, you're more than halfway there!



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