I can still remember the smell of the burning rubber on the track when winter turned to spring, the feeling of my lungs gasping for air at the end of interval training day, and even the burning pain I felt in my legs after finishing a 400m race. High school was only a decade ago, … Continue reading Meet FUTURE Kidney Donor Athlete, Janelle!
It’s August 1985. I’ve just graduated from high school and have headed off to college at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Homesick, immature and not at all sure where life is headed, I dive full-on into my freshman year of college soccer. We were a Division 3 program, playing a virtually exclusive Division 1 schedule against the powerhouse teams … Continue reading Bobby’s Journey – Athlete Donating on January 2, 2019
August 29, 2012, I actually did it. A non-directed kidney donation. All I knew at the time of the surgery was my left kidney would be removed at the University of Washington Medical Center, placed in a lunch box, and driven roughly 2 miles up the road to Seattle Children’s Hospital. I am still blown … Continue reading Meet Kidney Donor Athlete Quinn!
(I originally posted this on my other site on September 20, 2018) One week from tomorrow I will be toeing the line of a 50-mile trail race. Last time I did a 50 miler I had two kidneys. This time I have one. I love my Solomon Elevates. They’ll be with me for every step of … Continue reading Preparing to Run a 50 Mile Race With One Kidney
(I originally posted this on my other site on April 27, 2018) My oldest, truest friend in the world is running. I was only 5 years old when I first became enamored with the way it made my mind and body feel, and I was 9 when I knew I wanted to compete when I … Continue reading Running Reinvented
(I originally posted this to my other site on April 8, 2018) My relationship with running has had its ups and downs since my kidney donation back in May of 2017. I was jogging only 17 days after surgery and ran a half marathon I was pretty happy with that November, but it just wasn’t the same. … Continue reading A Renewed Relationship With Running
(I originally posted this on my other site on November 19, 2017) My mind was a back and forth between self-doubt and compassion all day. It was the day before the Madison Half Marathon. 5 months and 19 days since my kidney donation. Part of me was excited to be back in a race environment … Continue reading Half Marathon, Half the Kidneys. My First Race Post Donation.
(This was originally posted on my other site October 31, 2017) When I first started telling people closest to me that I planned to donate my kidney to a stranger, there was one question that nearly everyone asked. ‘What about your running?’ And that was a great question to be asking. Running was my identity, … Continue reading Kidney Donation – An Athlete’s Experience
(I originally posted this on my other website on August 30, 2017) I haven’t posted a blog in quite some time. In the weeks since my last entry, I’ve been struggling with how to depict what my recovery has been like. I had more than a year to build a series of ideas in my … Continue reading 5 Ways My Recovery From Kidney Donation Was Nothing Like What I Expected