About me and why I Run:
Ever since I've been able to walk, sports has always been a part of my life. From soccer to gymnastics, I couldn't decide what I wanted to do (which as you know, I'm indecisive on a lot of fronts haha), but know that I wanted sports to be a part of my life because it provided me a release for stress, a time to "play", the satisfaction of being part of a team, and a way to focus on something that I really enjoyed.
Through the years, I transitioned over to running and ran in college for a brief period, but ended up getting injured (this is when I realized how important stretching was ). After taking a hiatus from sports, I picked it back up again in 2013 and I ran my first half marathon in 2014 (Boston Run to Remember), which if you ran with me in college (Casey), you would know that I used to say "I will never run a half marathon". I sure did prove my younger self wrong! haha.
The reason I picked running back up again is because there's something about the way in which it helps me release stress from the day, and also help me think more clearly. It also helped me battle the two things that really sprung post-college, anxiety and depression (which also run in my family). During my 20s, I went through a period of time where I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do, where I wanted to be, and what I was truly passionate about (I think we've all been there at one point in our life so hopefully you can relate!). It has truly gotten me through some of my hardest times (to-date), which is why I've become so passionate about it.
So far I've run 2 marathons, none of which came without getting injured before the training started, but with the support of an amazing Chiropractor (Thank you Dr. Maywald!), I was able to cross the finish line!
Boston Marathon & the Brittany Fund
This year I'm running Boston Marathon and cannot be more excited since it's such a world renowned marathon and it's in a city I've called "home" for the last 10 years.
Not only am I going to run such a prestigious marathon, I also get a chance to run for a good cause, the Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery. Brittany is one of my coworkers who was critically injured during the bombing of the Boston marathon in 2013. It took time for her to recover from the emotional and physical trauma of this event, something she feels she couldn’t have done without the financial and emotional support of so many people. Realizing that other families in less infamous events go through the same struggles but without as much support, she started the Brittany Fund to provide financial support to survivors of traumatic events such as car accidents, fires, natural disasters, among many others.
Your support for this great cause and me running the Boston Marathon would mean so much! This is for all of those who were injured from traumatic events and managed the strength to recover again! I will be thinking about these folks and every one of you on April 20th as I run the marathon! Thank you!