On April 2, I was in Springfield, IL to run the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon (http://runabe.srrc.net/). I was having my own set of struggles that morning as the weather was definitely not up my alley. A cool 28 degrees and the wind was blowing 18 mph with it increasing throughout the race to 25 mph. I truly wanted to stay in my nice warm vehicle and just pretend I had ran it. But, I knew that in reality there is no pretending – you either do it or you don’t. Don’t wasn’t an option – not with knowing the main reason I was running. Those with ALS don’t get to wake up and say “I don’t feel like having this disease today” and I knew that I would regret not running when I was completely able to. And so I did – I actually had my best race time in over 2 years! I was very pleased. Maybe it was the high five I got to give President Lincoln and his wife Mary as I ran by their home that gave me the extra boost of luck. I will never know. After the race, while trying to find my husband, (somehow we always forget to set up a rendezvous point) I saw a fellow Half Fanatic (Stacia) and asked to borrow her phone. We began talking and I told her why I was running in Springfield and she proceeds to tell me that her Dad died from ALS. I was in disbelief. For Sue and I to meet someone who dealt with ALS first hand as a caregiver on our first run for the cause and now this 2 weeks later, I just couldn’t believe it. I had goosebumps and could not wait to tell Sue. Meeting Stacia and hearing her life story of losing her father to ALS was the perfect reminder of why I don’t give in to the fleeting thoughts of not running.