NYC Marathon

Hi Everyone!

I’m excited to announce I’ll be running the NYC marathon this year for the Alzheimer’s Association. Along with my training I need to raise $3500 for my cause. I accepted my spot on the team Athletes to End Alzheimer’s officially on Friday and started my training on Saturday with a 7.25 mile run. I’m a bit nervous because I have never run further than a 13.1 miles. I know that I can run a marathon if I train but what I’m not so sure about is committing to my training. A half is easy, you can slack and run a half. Not that I’d recommend it. But a full. There is no room for slacking.

So if anyone in the NYC wants a running buddy, hit me up.

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What are you…

What are you excited about?
I just met the 20% mark for my fundraising goal ($710 out of $3500) for my Athletes to End Alzheimer’s spot at the 2015 NYC Marathon. You may have noticed I added a Donate to Alz page on my blog. Check it out to read why I chose the Alzheimer’s Association as a charity to run for.

What are you reading?
I’m halfway through Runner: A short story about a long run by Lizzie Hawker. I’m still deciding on what my thoughts are on the book so I’ll wait until I finish it before I say any more. But I do highly recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. If you want to see more of what I’ve read and what I thought about it you can follow me on Goodreads.

What are you watching?
I just finished watching season 1 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it you should. It’s hilarious. Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are essentially forced into a friendship after their husbands announce that they are gay lovers and would like to get married. Like I said, it’s hilarious. Too bad we have to wait for 2016 for season 2.

What are you working on?
We recently wrapped up a study at work so I’ve been sifting through the data we’ve collected and am trying to come up with a personal project I can present at a conference this fall. It’s a lot of work to come up with a thesis and involves reading a lot of journal articles. Also all of this needs to be done outside of my 9-5 so between that and running I’ve been putting a lot of other stuff off (see below).

What are you putting off?
Writing my personal statement for grad school, posting on this blog (as you’ve probably noticed), cleaning my apartment, and doing laundry. I seriously need to do laundry -_-

So tell me, what are you…?

Donate to Alz

Please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association on my behalf for my spot in the 2015 NYC Marathon.

Why do I want to run a marathon?
That’s a good question, I ask myself this everyday. But then again, why not?

Why did I choose the fight against Alzheimer’s?
For five years I worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home and took care of many residents suffering from Alzheimer”s disease. Watching this disease was devastating. Not only for the resident but for their family. This made me decide that I wanted to pursue a career looking for a cure. But hey, I would settle for just a better form of treatment. I’m currently a research assistant at Columbia University working on a study looking at the effects of aerobic exercise on cognitive function. But I plan on applying for neuro programs in the fall and I would like to pursue research more specifically targeted to AD itself. Also a few years ago, my grandfather was diagnosed with AD making it a lot more personal. So I would really like to run this race for him. And for all my family involved in his care.

Why do I want to support the Alzheimer’s Association?
Because they are an amazing organization in the fight against Alzheimer’s. They provide funding for further research, advocate at local and national levels, but also provide amazing and free services for not only those with AD but for their family and caregivers as well.

Here are their words: “Since its inaugural year in 2009, team Athletes to End Alzheimer’s (ATEA) has represented the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter in one of the world’s biggest and best-supported marathons, the TCS New York City Marathon. In 2014, 134 runners took to the streets in Alzheimer’s Association purple, showing their support for the cause and their affected loved ones to not only New York City but an estimated 2 million spectators from all over the world.”