Friday the journey begins. 5 marathons in 5 days for @msruntheus. Jordan said that fear is an illusion. Right now the fear of running my farthest distance is palpable.

Thank you, friends, for the encouragement over these long training months. It gives me fortitude.

I won’t let fear decide my fate. We run for a cure.

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130 miles in 5 days. This is a glimpse into my MS Run the US journey. 

I’ve tried a few times to write up a “recap” of running through Utah. I’m still trying. It’s hard to encapsulate an absolutely transformative experience. I’ll post as soon as the words come. 

For now, here’s some video. 

THIS, I know: 

1. The human spirit is resilient. 

2. People are selfless. 

3. Love is a force. 

4. I’m a hippie. 

5. But I would never live in rural Utah. 

6. I love NYC more than any place I’ve ever visited. 

7. Yet I want to continue to wander the universe. 

8. I’m a different person now than I was a week ago. 

9. The founder of MS Run the US, Ashley Kumlien, has the patience of a saint and a heart of gold. 

10. MS Run the US is comprised of people who want to change the world. And we will. 

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. I learned that from my mom. 5 marathons in 5 days for MS Run the US. The most I’ve ever asked of my body. I believe in taking every chance because some things only happen once. Tomorrow the journey begins, but I think this chapter started a long time ago. When I was 4, I wanted to be She-Ra, the princess warrior. When I was 5, I wanted to be a mermaid. When I was 7, I wanted to be a ballerina AND a mermaid. When I was 8, I dressed up as the first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for Halloween in a robe my grandmother made for me. And fell in love with the law. When I was 25, I wanted to be a lawyer. And I was. When I was 27, I wanted to be a RUNNER. And I made myself one. In the moments when I want to stop running over the next 6 days, I’ll remember why I started-MY MOM. The woman who let me believe in mermaids and unicorns and real life SUPER HEROES like her. She has MS. I run for her. I run for everyone who can’t. The moral of my story is that you can create yourself. Mom, I learned that from you. Well wishes from friends, from family, from YOU, let me know I’m not alone. They reinforce every step. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I appreciate you and your participation in this journey. The world needs dreamers who do. MS Run the US is a team running from LA to NY. We run for a cure. The further we go, the stronger we get. Remember, not all those who wander are lost. Photo by Joe Ferrucci.

This place. 4 years ago. I decided to sign up for my 1st marathon. Today I revisited it on a 13-miler for #msruntheus when I will run 5 marathons in 5 days. I was never a natural athlete. I didn’t play sports growing up. I decided to make myself an ultramarathoner. How will you make yourself?

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My mom didn’t own a pair of sneakers 2 years ago. Today she celebrated her birthday with a run. Mom, thanks for showing me that anything is possible. Happy Birthday to the most wonderful person I know.

My mom was diagnosed with MS in ‘99. I run for her. I’m running 150 miles for a cure. Please donate today:

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Superheroes are real. KL wins 50ks, Sky runs 100ks, & @reginadaley killed her 1st ultra last night. Do you know it feels like to move mountains with your feet? We do. @nike @nikerunning #ultramarathon #msruntheus @undoordinary_ @bridgerunners

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