As I have often professed I have reached the point where I am often one of the only if not the only person in the race with a full time job, much less the 2 that I have to work to afford all my bills (yes I still have medical bills and health bills to pay, drugs aren't cheap). I work my Resort job to pay my bills and personal train & coach to pay for my travel. I know that this takes its toll on my body at times and my training suffers. Just one week to the day after my first sub 4, I had to skip a pm run after work because of how late I got off that night. Those pm runs, especially after workouts, are so crucial to fitness and aerobic metabolism, that it drives me insane knowing that all my competition was able to go out for their runs that day. Being a control freak like I am, this drives me absolutely insane. Knowing that I am not doing everything that I need to in order to be successful at the Professional Track and Field level, literally keeps me awake at night.
Now that Runner's World and Let'srun.com ( the guru's of everything track and field) has picked up on my story, I thought it would help my case. But while the shoe world isn't paying attention, certainly the Vasculitis community has taken notice. Not only has the Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation (I run with their logo on my jersey) shared my story, but so has the Vasculitis Foundation, which is the largest foundation for all forms of Vasculitis not just Wegener's. The out pour of messages. emails, and Facebook notifications has been overwhelming to deal with once they shared the story with their followers. According to one source inside the Vasculitis Foundation, my story has been shared over 4,000 times. Now both want to not just do interviews but have me involved with a documentary and more to help inspire people with all forms of Vasculitis to not let the diseases control their lives. While I may have struck out with the shoe companies, I seem to have hit a home run with a community that as just as dear to my heart! So I'm classic BHudg fashion I'm gonna find a way to keep chasing my dream and finding a way to inspire others in all walks of life.
All Hope is Gone!