|Finishing my first marathon!|
I didn't always enjoy running. In junior high I was required to run the mile. I couldn't imagine anything worse - or longer. We were graded on our time around the track. If my memory is correct it was one of my worst grades ever. Anyway, years elapsed before I gave running another try. And it came as a complete shock when in college I first slogged past 3 miles in one go.
While the miles slowly built up I never fully cleared my fear of distance. It took well over a decade since those first 3 miles before I signed up for a marathon. And not just that, It took over a decade and a major life event. So while recovering from radiation and chemotherapy I tasted life's second wind and signed up for the big one.
That was two years and two marathons ago now.
Marathons require ample training, motivation, and vaseline. And most of all marathons require time. So if I'm going to give so much into this I figured I'd do it all for a good cause (or two).
While I'm not running you can find me in the lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Right now I'm part of a team studying the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that gives us our fine motor control. It helps us run and dance and do all sorts of important things. It's even involved in higher cognitive functions. Unfortunately, some children will develop medulloblastomas in their cerebella. Hopefully the work we do will better our understanding of the cerebellum and contribute to improved treatment or even a cure.