Strava Marathon (Bellingham, MA)
Finish Time: 3:41
Temp: 43 degrees
Conditions: Dry and Mostly Cloudy
Run For: Michael
Running marathons is not an easy thing. It’s hard and it really takes a toll on your body and your mind. Trying to stay positive and telling yourself to get out that door and run can be a struggle. That being said, I have never met anyone more positive and flat out happier than Michael. When he did Team Challenge last season he brought nothing but energy and excitement from day one. In his story, Michael wrote about his race in Nola last year, more specifically when I found him on the course. When I saw him I was expecting to see his big smile, but it wasn’t there. Michael was pushing through what ended up being a tough day where his body didn’t want him to run 13.1 miles which I could see he was playing with him mind. I ran with him and we actually didn’t talk much, he didn’t need a pep talk or for me to really say anything. We just ran together pretty much in silence, side by side. Sometimes that’s all you need, just someone to be there, with you. Team Challenge is all about family we are always there for each other no matter what, good or bad. Little did Michael know that I got more out of running with him that day than he did. It’s not always going to be sunshine and happiness when it comes to running and especially when it comes to Crohn’s and colitis. We are always here for each other and when we need someone the most, they are right there by our side, no matter what. It is who we are and what we do. Team Challenge = Support!
When Michael did asked me if I was still proud of him, I really couldn’t tell him fast enough that I was extremely proud. I will always be proud of him! I am proud of him for the half marathons he has run and I’m proud of him for the fight he battles each and every day. Crohn’s disease is tough, but Michael Kelly is so much tougher! The “pilot light” that burns inside of Michael is actually a roaring flame that will never go out. I am honored and to be able to run for 26 IBD Warriors and Michael is without question one of those warriors. I cannot wait to be out on the sidelines of the Boston Marathon in April cheering him on as he runs his very first marathon. Michael, you’ve come a long way and I’m so proud of you buddy!
Marathon #4 is done and there are 22 more to go. That’s 22 more inspiring stories still to come. THANK YOU Michael for allowing me to share your story. I love my Team Challenge Family and I love being able to run for all of them! It is the least I can do to help bring awareness to what they go through. 26.2 For You! This 26.2 was for you Michael!