A few years ago, I was asked by one of my best friends, Lt. Nicholas Perry, MD, if I'd like to run a marathon with him. He was going to be visiting his significant other's family in Orlando right around the time that the Disney Marathon took place. Being one to not back down from challenges / letting my stubborn pride get the best of me, I agreed to the challenge. Prior to this, I had run a few 5k's, but nothing more than a few miles at a time. With a bit of support from friends and family, a dedicated training plan, and strict diet, I was able to finish the full 26.2 miles.
I didn't know if I'd continue running or not after the marathon (and in full disclosure, haven't done another marathon since). I haven't been able to escape running though, be it through a short few miles at a time, or half marathons, I still find myself going back to running whenever I get the chance.
Why do I run? I ask myself that all of the time. There's no single reason for why I run, but here's a few thoughts that spring to mind:
If there's anything this PhD (and entirety of school) has taught me, it's that life is a journey, and just like going for a long jog, the experiences along the way are more worthwhile than crossing the finish line.
I'm a current MD-PhD candidate, working hard to help treat and manage muscular dystrophies