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Letters: Article was an inspiration to run

6:02 PM, Apr. 24, 2013  |  Comments

Last year, The Post-Crescent published an article about how to go from a being a couch potato to running a 5K race in 12 weeks. Being the mother of a distance runner, I had always secretly wondered how it would feel to give my all and cross a finish line exhausted but proud.

So last April, I started on what has now grown into just about an obsession. I finished my first 5K in June and haven't stopped yet.

After a year of almost-daily running, I might just be able to call myself a real runner. Not that I'm fast or anything, but I'm not doing too badly for a middle-aged mom. I'm still thrilled just to be able to wake up in the morning and go for a run before school.

See, the thing is, I'm a 10-year cancer survivor. Shortly after the birth of our youngest son, we discovered that I had a rare form of cancer called choriocarcinoma.

But that was 10 years ago and, on May 11, I'll pull on my running shoes and join several hundred other folks in running the Soleburner. I've walked it before but, this year, I'll be running. Hopefully, I'll meet another choriocarcinoma survivor. This hasn't happened yet, even though I literally write my diagnosis across the back of my shirt.

Maybe I'll set a personal record with a blazing time of less than 25 minutes. No matter what, I'll have a great time and my guys will be cheering me on at the finish line, like they do every day in real life.

Thanks, Post-Crescent, for getting me started on my latest, and one of my most interesting, adventures.

Sarah B. Palmer,

Appleton

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