Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. I appreciate the chance to share what has become such a special part of my life.
Before I ran a marathon or considered myself a 'marathoner' I use to think, 'how do people do it? and how/why do they keep going back?' I imagined that it was painful physically and demanding mentally -- that only a high level athlete could endure the training and actually complete the 26miles and within reasonable time. The Boston Marathon was on my bucket list. I thought I would run one and done. I'd always been an athlete and love a challenge so I thought, why not. It's only a few months' training and it's not going to kill me. Plus, I'll be able to raise money for a good cause. I was both wrong and right in my assumptions.
Right: Marathons are for high-level athletes. Demanding mentally. Wrong: My definition of high-level athletes. Painful physically. I would run one and done.
Marathons really are for anyone. Young, old, big, small, able-bodied, impaired. As long as there is a will to train, not give up, and most importantly smile and have fun, it can be accomplished. I have come across some incredible people while running and continue to be blown away by the determination, strength, resilience, camaraderie, hope, love, pain, sacrifice... it has changed my life. As a runner, I draw the same inspirations from those that benefit from the charities. Their suffering, pain, sadness, loss, hope, love, strength, camaraderie. It's strangely similar to the type of people that run the course. The simplest way to put it, is in a phrase I saw on a charity tent in 2017: "Move your legs for those who can't." I move my ass because I can. I thank God for my health and abilities and I go.
The positivity that I have felt through these experiences is uplifting. It has led me down a path I couldn't have imagined or traveled otherwise. Charity work has become a part of my life and the fun had and friends (family) I have gained are the greatest gift that keeps on giving. Literally.
My Goal this year is $12,866. This is my highest goal ever. If I reach this number, I will have raised over $35,000 while running for the Boston Marathon over three years. Please help me hit that number. For those of you that say, "I'm sorry I can't give more" I say to you: I'm sorry I can't thank you enough. By donating, you are a part of something cumulative that becomes contagious and though small in your eyes, it is huge in mine, and more importantly, in the eyes of the patients it is helping. Thank you for following along through my training. I love the support and encouragement. Charity work has changed my life and created so many incredible opportunities for me as well as led me to some of my best friends.
Eternally grateful and humbled,
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