Candor will not banish fear. But it does give her a sense of agency.
“I’m a young adult with cancer,” Grunewald said. “I don’t always love talking about it. It’s not a made-for-TV movie. It’s real. It’s scary.”
She gives and she receives, and that helps. “I love when people reach out to me, because it helps me get out the door.”
We walked to a tent behind the grandstand. Not so long ago, her life story formed a sweet narrative with a Rocky curlicue.
Grunewald grew up in tiny Perham in Otter Tail County, a three-hour drive northwest of Minneapolis. She rode the bench in basketball. Running, even as temperatures dropped to 10 below and ice formed on her lips, was her freedom.
“Small-town politics could make team sports a headache,” she said. “Running was all about you.”
Grunewald claimed her only state title in her senior…