I have always wanted to run the Boston Marathon, but my stand alone marathon times were too slow, putting the dream outside of my reach— or so I thought. This fall, I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to run for Team MTF, raising funds for massage therapy research. I have run many marathons, but this one in particular holds deep personal meaning for me on many levels.
The last time I was in Boston, I was a spectator the year of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings and was a block and a half away. My friend was running and came in 10 minutes before the bombs went off. It was an experience beyond words and I haven’t been back since. Given this great opportunity to run and raise money, I am ready to go back, face the past and at the same time, do it for a cause that is important to me.
As an athlete, I am a direct recipient of the benefits of research funded through the Massage Therapy Foundation. I have used massage therapy for many years (about 20) to help me maintain my body for the endurance sports I participate in. It is a much better option than popping a pain pill or anti-inflammatory which are too easily prescribed. Without holistic options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. I would not have such longevity in the endurance events that I participate in. Research has shown the beneficial effects massage therapy has on injury prevention and performance.
MTF education initiatives are also important as the more knowledgeable a therapist is about current research and body mechanics, the better care they are able to provide. There are a plethora of massage therapists out there, but those that have in-depth knowledge of athletes and truly understand the biomechanics and up to date techniques are few. I feel blessed to have found a therapist well-versed in current research.
For all that know me, I am not a big fund raising person. With that being said, I could not be more excited to give this challenge my all. I can't say enough good things about MTF— without the benefits of massage, I would not be doing the athletics I do today. In 2020, I have a milestone birthday and plan to do it in style by setting a marathon PR personal record. I am so deeply grateful to all of those who are willing support me on this incredible journey. It means the world to know that you are cheering me on.