MOM STRONG & BOSTON STRONG
My 1st marathon was Chicago 2005, then came Marine Corps, the Toronto Marathon, and NYC. But after almost 15 years of living in Boston, I've only been a spectator of my favorite race. Including April 2013 as I luckily left the finish line, with baby Mia in my arms, just moments before the Boston Marathon bombing. The spirit of the city and of the runners that day has stayed with me over the years. I promised myself I would one day run Boston.
This will be my first marathon since becoming a mom. It's been 7 years, 3 kids, and one very difficult pregnancy that left me in and out of hospitals, on IVs, and meds so strong they made me feel like a ghost. We could not have made it through that year without the help of our village of family and friends.
While I used to run just for myself, now that I have kids, I run to be the best that I can be for my family, while also balancing the committment of having my own global business. My kids are now 6, 4, and 1, and I can think of no other better way to celebrate my path to health and inspire them with the hard work, dedication, passion, and strength (mental and physical) it will take for their mom to train and cross the finish line.
Not only will I see my family cheering me on at the half-way mark in Wellesley, but I am running with my friend since 1st grade, Lauren Paul Norris, and several other inspiring mom friends, showing our kids the definition of #momstrong and #bostonstrong.
I'm honored to be running for team Good Sports. My goal is to raise $8,000 and stretch goal of $10,000! Good Sports’ mission is to give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to youth organizations in high-need areas. The organization has since teamed up with additional equipment partners to deliver $34 million dollars’ worth of brand-new equipment to youth organizations in every state – giving over five million kids in need the chance to play!
Thank you for your support.
Much Love, Mona