2014 has been quite the year for PEAR user Kathy. This year marked her 5th year as a breast cancer survivor, she finally got off her chemotherapy medication and was announced in remission, and she also crossed off a task that she had on her bucket list: complete a marathon before she turned 50. Using Matt Fitzgerald’s marathon training plan and the support of her family, namely her nephew, Zach, (who also trained with PEAR and used the same program from afar), they were able to accomplish this amazingly difficult test of drive, determination and athleticism…TOGETHER. Kathy is truly an inspiration and workout inspiration. Here is her and her nephew’s story for us all to take in and use as motivation.
Kathy has always enjoyed being athletic. A self-proclaimed “workout fanatic” she likes to keep busy with it all- running, cross training, weight lifting. She came across PEAR through a close friend and was hooked on the audio coaching. She loved that extra push that the audio coaching gave her. While she was a fine athlete on her own she felt PEAR was a great companion, especially when it came to her running. Learning game changing things like training by heart rate and at the correct levels has helped her accomplish something she always had on her bucket list: to complete a marathon by her 50th Birthday.
A little over 5 years ago, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Something no one deserves to experience. She went through treatment, her body suffered, she just wanted to be healthy again and be able to do even the simplest tasks by herself. Five years later, at 49, Kathy feels extremely blessed to hit her 5 year survivor mark. She finally completed her chemotherapy medication and was officially declared in REMISSION! So what would anyone in this situation do? Run a marathon!
In April of 2014, fresh off her medication, Kathy and her nephew Zach decided they were going to train and run their first marathon together. With Kathy being in Minnesota and her nephew being in Florida one would think this was going to be a difficult task. But they decided to both use Matt Fitzgerald’s Marathon Training Plan so that while they were far apart, they could still train together! Close to the end of the training plan, Zach moved closer to Kathy for college and they were able to use their PEAR and train together. Kathy credits her nephew for helping her finish. He slowed down and stayed with her the whole time so that they could cross the finish line together! What an amazing bonding experience for Kathy and her nephew!
Kathy continues to train using PEAR but she says that she has completed her one marathon and she is good with that! We don’t blame her! Her goal is to just be healthy, maintain her overall wellness and remain cancer free!
Zach is keeping his motivation going and will be training for his second marathon next year with some of his friends at college, using PEAR and Matt Fitzgerald’s Training Plan. He has become quite an amazing young runner according to his adoring Aunt and we can’t wait to see him accomplish this!
Kathy- thank you for sharing your inspirational story with all of us and, Zach- we wish you the best of luck and hope that you share your second marathon accomplishments and training story with us!