We lost @gigrunewald this week, and the running community and world was totally heartbroken.
All week, Iâ€™ve been running and thinking of her. I didnâ€™t know her personally, but I have been following her inspiring journey since she was on the cover of Womenâ€™s Running.
She is one of my absolute favorite professional runners. She was super fast on the track, breaking records, while battling a rare cancer – literally had treatment set a PR on the track.
When you define BRAVE with an image – she is it, #bravelikegabe.
Running was something she would not give up, it always made her feel alive… I can totally relate to that, most runners can. However, she didnâ€™t just use her platform to crush it on the track, but by openly sharing her health issues she raised cancer awareness and the importance of supporting/funding cancer research.
Although, the passing of Gabe totally crushed me, I donated to @chipgaines in honor of Gabe, and within 24 hours the running community raised $2 million towards St. Jude – how INCREDIBLE!! Kelly over @moremilesmorefun also set up a virtual 5K or 10K option and %100 of the funds will be donated to Gabeâ€™s foundation @bravelikegabe. Itâ€™s not to late to join the movement, so head over and sign up, Iâ€™m registering today for the 10K.
Heaven received a brave one this week. One who shared her story honestly, teaching everyone who listened to be brave and seize the day.
You made a difference Gabe and will continue to. xo