Running my first half marathon, in 2010, 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 (some were walkers, too). I remember at mile 11, one of my coaches, Kate Devlin, urged me on, and I thought I would totally give up at that point, but I wanted to RUN. The whole thing!
The funniest part of my first Half Marathon . . . I became friends with my CCFA-fellow team members in my hotel, and we nicknamed ourselves the “Wardrobe Malfunction Team,” because I only brought my daughter’s running shorts that were tiny and I could barely get them on, and my roommate, Kelly Jackson—a fellow Crohnnie–and I were in hysterics in the morning at 5:30 a.m. when we had to get ready for the race, as I was yanking Emma’s shorts on to try to get them over my hips! Well, I got the too-tight shorts on, and got ready to run.
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. I am thinking of doing it again…. DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!