I wasn’t planning on running another event race so soon. Also I kind of had thought that my next race would be a 10K, but this is for a cause that is so near and dear to my heart that there is just no way I *can’t* participate in it.
I won’t go into the long, depressing history of my father and his behaviors here, but just know that when I was around 9 years old he and my mother finally split up. On his way home after dropping me off from one of our scheduled visits he died of a heart attack. He was 34 years old; I was only 10.
A few weeks prior to his death he was hospitalized for bronchitis and chest problems. In those years if you said you had chest problems, they gave you a quick x-ray and out the door you went. He was never extensively looked at like he should have been, or like they try to practice now.
My Uncle, also his brother, died of a the same causes at the age of 44. I have always been told by doctors that due to my family history and of course, being a woman, that I have to be very careful to watch out for heart disease. Hopefully through all my running, I am making my heart even stronger & stronger!!
One association that has been working so hard for so many years to promote heart health and awareness is the American Heart Association.
I am happy to say that on April 17th I will be running 5 miles for this great organization. I would be honored to say that I have been able to raise a few bucks for this great cause. If you would like to and are willing to do so, please, *please* feel free to stop by my donation page and make a donation of any kind. It is truly appreciated. Thanks so much for reading!!
Some other heart-healthy links:
GO RED for Women
And of course...My donation page again :-)
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