The North Bend Eagle

 

Liekhus doesn't let MS slow her down

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/25/18

Christina Liekhus was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Not one to give in, Liekhus’s doctor told her exercise helps with the pain and mobility, so she began running. Really running, long distances.

Boston runner
Christina Liekhus smiles despite the weather at the Boston Marathon. She ran the marathon April 16, her second ever marathon.

“I took on those longer races to challenge myself and give myself some exercise goals,” Liekhus, 36, said. “I’m pretty sure (my doctor) didn’t mean to this extreme, but she is glad I am running.”

Liekhus has been running half marathon’s, 13.1 miles, since 2013 in addition to 5Ks and 10Ks. Last year she ran the Lincoln Marathon as her first full marathon.

“I follow the National MS Society and I read an article about a man in Colorado running the Boston Marathon,” Liekhus said. “I thought to myself, ‘I wonder if I can qualify.’ I looked up the guidelines for entry and found out that I could run in the Boston Marathon.”

Not only did she run, she completed it in a personal best time.

“My time in the Lincoln Marathon was 5 hours and 36 minutes and I wanted to beat that time in Boston,” she said. “I ran it in 5 hours and 16 minutes.”
Liekhus described the run as “fantastic.”

 

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