I am one of the most tenacious fighters you will ever come across. I am stubborn, focused, and determined. I refuse to stay beaten for long. I am also a runner. A runner who accomplished many things before she was told to stop running. A runner who had to start over. I will never surrender my love for running nor will I ever be able to explain that love. Running is as much a part of me as this disease. Heck, it’s even a part of my marketing for my art:clearly.alive.art artist. runner. blogger. engineer.Ironically, the thing that pays the bills comes last on this list.Well this runner is tired of people telling her to not run! When the annual Oktoberfest 5k came around, I decided I would go for it. I was unsure of how my body would react. I just knew I had grown weary of watching my friends post pictures of their 5k shenanigans on facebook as I sat stationary on the couch. Plus, competing in the 5k equaled a free entry into the Oktoberfest later that night. Although this Gluten Free girl can no longer enjoy her beer or funnel cake, I can enjoy the company and fellowship of friends.