Four short years ago, I ran my first local 5k…and had to walk to finish. Undeterred, I set goals to get faster and get fitter, and over time, decided to run my first marathon. After a great deal of hard work and marathon troubleshooting, I eventually achieved what had become my ultimate goal: running a Boston Marathon qualifying time. After achieving that goal twice in the last year, and setting a new marathon PR of 3:11:52, I was disappointed when I learned that my time was below the cut-off standard and would not be accepted for entry into the 2019 Boston Marathon.
UPDATE: I'm very happy to inform you that on December 2, 2018 I ran the California International Marathon is 3:08:30, an automatic qualifying time for the 2020 Boston Marathon!
After some initial disappointment, I reflected upon what makes the Boston Marathon so special: the unique collection of highly talented runners competing at the highest level in their sport, combined with those who have devoted a tremendous amount of time and effort to support local causes important to them personally or to the communities they represent. There is deep rooted tradition – the ultimate rite of Spring – that culminates annually on Patriot’s Day, when the best of the human spirit is displayed for the world to see all along the historic route from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. This magical experience will be even more meaningful as I again chase my own personal goals while simultaneously helping others along the way.
Why Title IX Girls Running Club:
The physical health benefits of running are well documented. Perhaps more important is what running can do for your emotional and psychological well-being. Goal-setting, overcoming adversity, growing confidence and self-esteem, and celebrating success are all components of living an active life through running. As a father of two young children – including an active and competitive daughter – one of the reasons I run is so that my kids, even at a young age, are able to observe and grow up in an environment that emphasizes healthy living, a pursuit of dreams, and a commitment to a goal. It is important that in this day and age children – particularly young girls – are provided with all the tools, opportunities and role models to help them make good choices and navigate the challenges of growing up. Title IX Girls Running Club provides this positive setting for young girls, and I am happy to run in support of them.
TITLE IX GIRLS RUNNING CLUB INC wrote:
Title IX Girls Running Club is a community based, tax exempt, educational running club for preteen and adolescent girls. The running club uses the principles of running to strengthen the connections among emotional, psychological and physical health in girls ages 9 to 15.
WHY GIRLS…We think of the whole girl as a multi faceted social, emotional, and physical being who deserves activities that recognize her developmental stage. Our principal program the Whole Girl Workout was created to bridge the divide between a traditional recreational sporting environment and an educational experience of a clinical setting. This unique and comprehensive approach to educating the whole girl in mind, body and spirit uses running as the instrument in which to connect the three.