Welcome to my Maryland Half Marathon & 5K Page!
I am running in the 2019 Maryland 5K to raise money for the fight against cancer. 100% of every dollar I raise goes directly to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC).
Since 2009, participants like me have raised more than $3 million to support UMGCCC’s cutting-edge care and groundbreaking research. And this year, we’re going for a new fundraising best.
As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, UMGCCC ranks among the top cancer centers in the country. They combine compassionate care with the most advanced treatment options available. I hope you’ll consider making a donation to fund their amazing work. Your support helps provide lifesaving treatment to UMGCCC patients and funds research that benefits cancer patients everywhere.
Make a contribution today. Together, we can move the fight against cancer forward!
My Personal Web Log
Surgery and Update
Well, to briefly update: I was scheduled for PFO closure surgery in February and had a fever on my scheduled surgery date so it got pushed back to March. The surgery was a success but I was restricted from running for a full month post-op. So here I am with 6 miles under my belt...only...as of a month ago. So...instead of pushing for 7 more miles of training in about 1.5 months and risking injury I'm deferring the 1/2 marathon and doing the Maryland 5k instead. I'll aim for a 1/2 perhaps in the fall. For now, I'll train the 5k for time and just work on getting back into running shape. Thanks for the donations and I'm still running for the cause! (Just not as far)
by Rita Murphy on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 2:27 PM
Looking ahead to January 2019
In September 2018 I had a stroke. In 2019 my goal is to run a 1/2 marathon. I've only ever run in one race, which was the 10K in November 2018. I trained for that race prior to the stroke and after, which I believe helped significantly with my recovery and post-stroke condition. I'm setting a bigger goal for myself and with 6 months to train it seems very possible. I'm having (relatively) minor heart surgery in the early part of the year: closure of the PFO In my heart, which cardiology believes was a contributing cause of the stroke. I'll know more about the surgery after my pre-op consults in January.
Sooo, barring setbacks as a result of the surgery, or doctors telling me I'm absolutely not allowed to train, or (fingers crossed) unexpected running injuries, I'm up for the challenge! Please support the cause by making a financial donation. Or simply support my efforts by providing motivational words of encouragement. Either is appreciated! Cancer research is so important and patient care is critical (not to mention a huge financial burden on families). There is, unfortunately, not one of us who hasn't been affected by cancer. Let's do our part to help.
by Rita Murphy on Sat, Dec 29, 2018 @ 12:15 AM