Franklin woman to complete 2 marathons while battling cancer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amy Jones completed the Boston Marathon on Monday in three hours and 48 minutes and plans to run in Saturday's Country Music Marathon in Nashville.
While running two marathons in less than a one week is an impressive accomplishment for anyone, it is even more so for Jones, who has Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The Franklin mother of a 12-year-old and 16-year-old was diagnosed in November 2007.
She found the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, began training for the County Music Half Marathon in April 2008 and has been running ever since.
"I hated the training and got to the week of the marathon last year and said I will never do this again, I don't like this," Jones recalled, "then race day came, and I crossed the finish line, and I was like, when is the next one?"
Running is now a part of Jones' life.
She has yet to go through any cancer treatment and thinks her newfound love has slowed the cancer's progression in her body.
"I can tell that it is progressing at times, I know that there are other cancer people that have been through a whole lot more than I have so I am just trying to stay where I can put this treatment off as long as possible," she told News 2 Wednesday while on a four-mile run.
Jones said while many of her friends think she is crazy for wanting to complete two marathons in less than a week, she is not deterred by any negative comments.
Jones said she plans to complete the Boston Marathon next year and beat her time.
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