Ali on the Run: NYC Marathon Recap

Hi all.

I wanted to share a link to a recap of the 2013 NYC Marathon as well as a personal response to it. When I was diagnosed with UC last summer and consequently sidelined from running and exercising for nearly six weeks, I became really glum and despondent. While doing some research on UC/Crohn’s and running, I came across Ali’s blog Ali on the Run, all about a runner and athlete who is living with Crohn’s Disease. I found her story to be absolutely inspiring, and I furthermore realized two rather crucial observations: (1) that there are people out there with much, much worse symptoms than mine (by far), and (2) their condition might sideline their physical bodies, impact their moods, or make them apprehensive about their future, but in the long-run may never affect their overall spirit of determination.

We all know what excuses are like (SPOILER ALERT: elbows). I whined incessantly during my six weeks “off”, but because of Crohn’s, Ali was forced to spend seven months “sick and sedentary”. During that time there were moments when she wasn’t sure exactly when she was going to be able to leave the house for long periods of time, let alone able to run again. Then, starting last August, she was slowly able to get back to running again — and it was like having to begin at Day One all over again. Cut to three months later, she ran and completed the NYC Marathon — in less than four hours. Victory.

I wrote a whole bunch of further commentary but in the end it all sounded trite and insipid, so I’ll let her story speak for itself. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. You can find her blog here:

3 Responses

  1. Ali says:

    This is so nice — thank you!! And for what it’s worth, being sidelined for six weeks is nothing to scoff at. Whether this disease knocks you out for a day or a year, it’s miserable. I hope you’re feeling good and strong and are ready to tackle your next challenge! Thank you for reading and for thinking of me.

    • Matthew says:

      You’re very welcome, and congrats again on your NYC Marathon performance!! That’s definitely something to be very proud of. I was recently reflecting on obstacles and how it’s not important what they are and how they got there, but rather how we choose to respond to them that defines us. THEN I started getting very Hallmark-Card’ish so I ix-nayed that whole paragraph. I think your blog really sums that up better anyhow. :)

  2. Thanks Matthew for sharing Ali’s story. As a mother of someone dealing with UC I can relate with everything she writes. The feelings before and during the race but also that at the end, hopefully, all those obstacles and fears can be overcome. It just may take longer or will require more effort to accomplish. Congratulations to Ali!

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