I.Can.Do.This - Why I'm running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for LFAI
By Michelle LaNoue Why did I choose to run a 26.2 mile marathon – a distance I’ve never run before – to benefit the LFAI? Because of two amazingly gifted and talented women in my life whose bodies just happen to be attacking them. Michelle and her inspiration Amanda
Running a marathon was not something I was always interested in doing. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was very young. My mom would always write out a note in grade school and high school for me to opt out of having to run the dreaded mile. ONE measly mile! Even as a young adult, my trusted inhaler would go with me to the mountains for hiking.
By Michelle LaNoue
Why did I choose to run a 26.2 mile marathon – a distance I’ve never run before – to benefit the LFAI? Because of two amazingly gifted and talented women in my life whose bodies just happen to be attacking them.
Michelle and her inspiration Amanda
My first 5k was February of 2010. I actually had tears at the finish line. I could NOT believe that I ran over 3 miles without walking at least part of it - it was mind blowing and EXTREMLY gratifying. So, after I realized that I had it in ME to push myself and build the endurance to run 3 miles… I kept on PUSHING.
I continue to keep pushing because of those amazing women, my Aunt Ruth and friend Amanda.
When I was a teenager my Aunt Ruth, whom I idolized, became withdrawn and was having good days and bad days physically. She went from a person who played competitive volleyball, and any other sport she could - to nothing. She went from working as a civil engineer – to nothing. The aunt I knew was smart, funny and ridiculously talented – EVERYTHING I wanted to be and more – to being another person over the course of a DECADE. It was mindboggling to our entire family. This was the first time I ever heard the word “lupus”. The more our family learned about the disease, the more support we were able to give her.
Then, in 2010, my dear soul-sister, Amanda, was diagnosed with lupus. Amanda is a young mother of two, a sports enthusiast, flies helicopters, is an encyclopedia of jokes and is hands down the most intelligent person I have ever had the pleasure to know. In short I adore her. No matter what ailment ever comes about in her life – I want to do whatever I can to combat it.
They are my inspiration and come marathon mile 15 or 20 – when I want to give up, I will think of them and push ON. Running 26.2 miles is NOTHING compared to the junk they have to deal with on a daily basis. (I want to make you ladies PROUD.)
I’m using the marathon to raise funds for the LFAI because I know every dollar counts and LFAI will allocate the funds to education, public awareness and research.
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