Running Greatly With MS
My name is Rich and I am part of a relay team that ran across the United States to raise money to stop multiple sclerosis. My segment of the relay was 167 miles over a six day period in August of 2021. I created this page to help share my journey training for the relay and living life with Multiple Sclerosis.
I played basketball, volleyball and ran track but I never thought I would become a marathon runner, let alone an ultra marathon runner until 2020 happened. My grandfather died in January, divorce in February and then in March Covid-19 happened. Late march I decided to start running again because the outdoors were not shut down while most everything else was. I would run a mile a day every other day or so just trying to get some exercise. By July I was addicted to running. As my addiction to running grew so did the number of miles a day. I started reading books about ultra marathons and there was just something about running 100 miles in a twenty-four hour period that appealed to me. In August a Facebook ad informed me about MS Run the US and I was intrigued so I applied to be on the team. In October I was offered a segment of the relay and I promptly accepted!
This relay was so much more than running for me. I woke up completely blind in my right eye one morning in March of 2012 which led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. It took nine months for me to regain the majority of vision in my eye. I also have muscle spasms, brain fog, fatigue, and there have been times that I have just lost feeling to an arm or leg. Despite those symptoms I feel very blessed to be able to run. There are many people with multiple sclerosis that have symptoms way worse than I do. Those are the people that I am running for. I am running for a cure. I am running so that nobody else goes to bed normal to wake up the next morning to a life changed forever.
When I reflect on what life has taught me since 2012, I think about a favorite quote. The words, I know, mean a great deal to many, but to me they define the battle I am in each day with multiple sclerosis. This is why I am Running Greatly With MS.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”