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Note from Editor: Brent was recently featured in Runner's World magazine (A Sick Pace) for his remarkable battle with chronic myeloid leukemia. If you would like to learn more about how you can help with blood cancer research, visit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society web site. You can help the cause by running a marathon with the Team in Training program or donating money.

Running Background:

I consider myself an advanced runner and I primarily run for stress relief. I started running marathons as a dare between a friend and I. I ran 3:13:16 at Grandma's Marathon in 2003. I didn't have any intentions of continuing to run, but my friends talked me into running the Boston Marathon. In my second race I ran a 3:01 and I was hooked.

Training:

I've been training/running for 3 years and I don't follow a specific training program. Most of my training involves 85-105 miles per week. Three weeks before my races I start doing speed work.

Six months prior to the 2006 Boston Marathon I was diagnosed with chronic myloid leukemia. They had thought the stomach cramps I had been having were related to the scarring in my abdomin from a surgery I had as a result of having testicular cancer when I was 32 years old, so they did exploratory surgery after which they discovered leukemia. After surgery I bled internally and almost died. In November, my doctor told me I could run again. This was the best advice I received. On December 1st, I started training for Boston with hopes of finishing.

Race Day:

The 2006 Boston Marathon was better than expected. During the race, I refused to look at the time or my watch. Early on, I fell into a smooth pace and accelerated throughout the race. In fact, my last mile I ran at a 5:45 pace, so I had a lot left. When I saw my finish time I was a bit moved. Finishing would have been enough!

Recovery:

I didn't have any problems with my recovery. Mainly, I ate a bunch of carbs and ran very little for two weeks.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Entering the 2006 Boston Marathon was a huge stretch for me. My condition is not curable except through a possible bone marrow transplant. The chemotherapy pills I take daily to hold off the leukemia keeps my red blood cell count low. If I can finish a marathon, every person out there can do it with hard work!

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run more marathons because it clears my mind. For my next marathon, I NEED TO EAT LESS JUNK FOOD!

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