June 9, 2013

Running: Going the ultra-mile to remember an old friend and support a cause

By John Rolfe

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Bradley's "Running for a Reason" feat, a benefit for the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Society of New Zealand, on Thursday took her beyond Edwardsville, Ill. En route to Columbia, Mo., a flooded bridge imposed a detour that added about 5 miles to the high-humidity day. On Friday she expected to pass the 1,000-mile mark. The week included a 53-mile day Tuesday, her top-mileage day so far.

Running without a support crew since May 31, she's had a harder time staying fueled, and while she doesn't know how much weight she's lost, she does know her bicep measurement has dropped an inch. But the blisters developed amid Pennsylvania rains calloused over, the mysterious ankle injuries that forced her to rest two days in Ohio have healed, and she'll have a crew again beginning Wednesday, which will help in maintaining higher-mileage days toward the goal of making Los Angeles early in July.

People have been kind, hotels have been generous with free nights, and "the Facebook support, with comments pretty much all the time, means a lot." Go to "Running 2 fight cancer" on Facebook for updates and more.

 

John Rolfe of Portland is a road runner. He can be reached at 791-6429 or at:

jrolfe@pressherald.com

 

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