Uyen's Race for a Cause
"UYEN DINH WINS LA MARATHON!"
Okay, so maybe this headline is a bit of a hyperbole, but hopefully, on March 4th the headline will read “Uyen Dinh Finishes LA Marathon!” Four months ago, I decided to conquer the 26.2-mile monster. I have always despised driving in LA so running LA sounded enticing. I wanted a challenge and a focus that exceeds myself. I knew that I could never have continued the regimen of pre-dawn/post-dusk runs in windy winterly conditions alone. Thus, I joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training for the cause, support and camaraderie. I am, they are, and we are together running buddies. We pound 100+ miles of beach paths together. We see each other at our best and at our worst. We can be honest and open, because I know that my teammates have, or will, feel exactly what I’m feeling. It's just a matter of time. As Nietzsche said, “Exhaustion is the shortest way to equality…” and we are bonded by our effort and exertion. With my teammates, my mentor and my coach, our Huntington Beach team will not only triumph the LA Marathon, we will do as much as we can to raise money in support of research toward a cure for blood related cancers. Every day, nearly 300 people learn that they are afflicted with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hogkin’s disease but these diseases can be treated. The people that battle these diseases each day are the true champions. They face their disease in similar ways that I’ll face this marathon, as a physically and emotionally formidable foe. Mine is miniscule compare to theirs but both foes can and will be conquered. I am not only running for my health and sanity. I am running so that the vision of finding a cure does not seem so chimerical. UPDATE: JANUARY 13, 2007. Two weeks ago, I was on hiatus from the regimen due to a foot strain. I limped in pain. I was worried. Today, in a numbing 36F, I ran 16 miles or 3 continuous hours along the OC coast! It is personal record for me thus far since I’ve always been afraid of running bored and alone. In reality, it’s all in my mind! I’ve learned that however far I can run or however fast I can run, it's where I am today and I am unfettered.