Inspiration to run comes from the most unexpected of places. At the age of 47, if you had asked me, "Ron, do you run?" I'd have laughed and honestly said: "Run? (Gasp) I couldn't run a mile."
Fast forward to now, at age 50, and I've run 1,198 miles since I was 47, completed numerous half marathons, and I ran my first full marathon in NYC last year.
Why? Quite simply, cancer.
I was blessed to find my beloved Lisa 8 years ago. Shortly after we began dating, she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which she fought subsequently with surgery and other treatments. Her will to beat it, and the good that charities like Fred's Team generate, are what inspires me to run.
After Lisa completed her first run in 2012, I ran my first 4-mile race the following year; inspiration comes from the most unexpected places.
“One and done,” I said. But I stand corrected now! I continue running today.
I stand with Fred Lebow and the team. Fred once said, “In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished. There is a lot of satisfaction in that'.” That is the satisfaction I again seek this year!
I am looking forward to running with Fred's Team at the NYC Marathon on November 6.