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RACE: Running the marathon in the Mill Race Marathon
EDUCATION: 1986 graduate of Columbus North High School. Also graduated from the University of Indianapolis and the University of Mississippi Law School.
OCCUPATION: Employment litigation attorney in Charlotte, NC.
FAMILY: Husband, DC; children, Rob, 12; Kellen, 10; and Loren, 8; parents, Marsha Kanable of Columbus and the late Bob Kanable.
I’ve run six other marathons but haven’t done one since 2008. I was never really a runner growing up. I only ran to get in shape for the other sports I played. I thought about running after my dad, Bob Kanable, ran the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon in 1992. I thought if he could run that far on his bad knees, surely I could put in some miles, too! I didn’t really start long-distance running until I met my husband, DC. He’s a tall, skinny guy built for running. He got me hooked on the long run.
I picked the Mill Race Marathon to get back into the marathon scene for a couple of reasons:
1. My high school friend, Paul Brewer, started talking it up on Facebook and convinced me to join him for the marathon.
2. I was turning 45 the week before the race — always good motivation.
3. I get to come home and spend the weekend with my mom without having to share her with my children.
But the biggest reason is my dad. He was a high school football and wrestling coach when I was younger. He was always the one to encourage and motivate me to play. We lost my dad to cancer in August 2011. Since then, my early-morning runs under the cover of darkness have been the times I feel closest to my dad and can really feel him with me, watching over me.
I can hear him coaching me as I run — as a whisper in my ear that he’s there with me and that I’m strong and can do anything. He used to always say, “Your body will protect you. You’ll faint before you die.” He was always joking when he said that, but it’s really so true of the marathon. I’m really looking forward to coming home to spend time with my family and friends, see my amazing hometown from a different perspective, and to run with my Dad.
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