Fighting cancer, a tenth of a mile at a time

It took two pairs of shirts, socks, underwear and shoes, two hats, one Garmin, a lot of sweat, a visit with my chiropractor at 1:30 a.m. and a lot of fight after maybe an hour of broken sleep, but 13.2 miles of running and a few more miles of walking later, Relay for Life is over. That's right, 13.2. Not 13.1. An extra tenth of a mile more than I promised just as a way to put a little more umph into kicking cancer's butt.

I broke my running into three segments -- 5.1 miles around 10:30 p.m. with a friend I met recently on Daily Mile; 5.1 miles a little less than 2 hours later; and 3 more miles that began at 4:45 a.m.

Those last 3 miles were in a Zombie-like state. I don't really remember them that much. There's really no other experience to compare it to.

Relay for Life, running

It was so worth it though. Thanks to some final donations around 6 a.m., my fundraising passed $1,200 for this Relay for Life. My team is currently just pennies away from $3,400, but I expect that to get very close to or pass $3,500 by Monday.

All of the Lynchburg teams combined have raised more than $285,000  so far with that total likely to rise significantly after the final donations roll in.

This concludes the fourth year in a row that I've done fundraising to fight cancer and the second year taking part in a Relay for Life. I've raised more than $3,000 in this span. It's such an unbelievable feeling -- if you've never done it, I highly encourage it.

For my fifth year in 2012, I'm already looking at doing an American Cancer Society DetermiNation race -- as soon as I figure that out, I will let you know.

As passionate as I am about running, I'm becoming just as passionate about fighting cancer. Let's do this together.

Relay for Life, running