What is Team Cubicle?
For a long, long, long while I chose to be lazy. In April 2008, I wanted to change that. I made a bold statement…that I was going to finish the 2009 Chicago Marathon. I chickened out; I didn’t register, didn’t run and I regret it. In October, I emailed Dave Wallach @ Pace of Chicago and asked for help as I wanted to start preparing for the 2010 Chicago Marathon. I wanted to use the training for the marathon to kick start getting in shape. I want to grow old with my wife and I want to be around and see my girls grow up. I don’t want to be the fat guy who keels over at 50 and leave my girls and my wife like that.
I had no idea where this would go when I emailed Dave, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the support, not only from friends and family, but from people I didn’t even know. From Dave, Coach Jen, Runners High ‘N Tri…the list goes on.
I hear daily from friends and family- who drop by to show support and encourage me. I’ve heard from friends, family and coworkers that they’re now getting active because I am on this journey.
I’ve realized how contagious this has become and I want to share it. I started Team Cubicle with the idea to motivate others. To ignite a spark or fan the flame!
I want Team Cubicle to motivate people and get them moving- working people, students, parents, children, family and friends alike. Team Cubicle was created to provide a push to help people get active and improve their quality of life by generating a change in attitude; to strengthen and support each other.
How can I join Team Cubicle?
1. Get active. Make a pledge to get active…go for a walk, a run, bike ride…it doesn’t matter, just get out and get moving!
2. Support other Team Cubicle members and share your goals so Team Cubicle can support you!
3. Click on the badge, and join the Team Cubicle Facebook page…
Why the American Heart Association?
About a month before our oldest daughter, K was born, we knew she had a heart defect. K was born at 4:36am on Wednesday, February 9, 2005. Friday morning the 11th… we were told they were moving K’s surgery to that afternoon/ evening. We asked to have K baptized before surgery. And we were able to hold her, about 20 minute each. Then we walked with her up to the operating room prep area…and said goodbye.
After her surgery, we met with her surgeon who explained the procedure, having removed the “pinched” section of her aorta. They realized the aortic arch was still narrowed so they used the artery that branches to the left arm as a bypass, or subclavian flap. They had found in studies with infants, this could be done with minimal side effects…blood would find other ways to get to her arm…and at most her arm would be stunted. But K’s arm is fine…the only after effect is her blood pressure is lower than in her right arm.
She was 2 days old…and it seems so long ago. You wouldn’t know it by looking at her. She’s healthy and energetic. She has a scar on her back from the procedure and we’re at the point now where we have a yearly visit to her Cardiologist!
Heart disease runs in our family. K, my father, both my grandfathers, Pam’s mom, my second cousin A. We’ve raised money for the American Heart Association before for Heart Walks; and we’ve participated in Go Red for Women It made sense to me to run with the American Heart Association‘s Marathon Team for the marathon and raise funds.
How can I support Team Cubicle?
Come out to the Chicago Marathon next October 10th- yell, cheer, shout and push Team Cubicle and the American Heart Association Marathon Team. I’m running not only for me, for my family, for the American Heart Association…but also for what I hope Team Cubicle stands for.
Soon you’ll be able to buy a Team Cubicle shirt and make a donation to the American Heart Association to support Team Cubicle and the entire 2010 American Heart Association Marathon Team. Buy a shirt, make a donation, come out and cheer us on!
Join Team Cubicle and let’s DO this!