December 08, 2016
BENEFITING: TITLE IX GIRLS RUNNING CLUB INC
ORGANIZER: TITLE IX GIRLS RUNNING CLUB INC
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Some people dream of running the Boston Marathon their whole lives. I am not one of those people.
As a lifelong resident of the area and cheerleader of all things Boston, the Marathon has always been a special day on the calendar. The early Red Sox game, the crowds gathering from Hopkinton to Boylston, and general sense of camaraderie felt in the city as it emerges from another long, cold winter makes it the equivalent of Boston Christmas.
Running and I did not mix for the majority of my life. In high school, having to do laps around campus before softball practice was met with a groan. After college, invitations from friends to join them for 5k races were met with a chuckle and a “meet you after for beers”. I “ran” my first 5k in 2010 in over 48 minutes, and came away from that experience confirming what I had already thought; that I wasn’t meant to be a runner.
Three years later, I decided to make some lifestyle changes. I lost some weight, started exercising regularly, and decided to give running another shot. I signed up for a 5k, and completing it in what I considered to be a more respectable time, signed up for another. A 10k and 10-mile race followed, and a few months later, a half marathon. To date, I’ve run countless races ranging from 5k to 10 milers and 8 half marathons. It hasn’t been easy; running still is not something that comes naturally to me. As a perfectionist, choosing to do something that I don’t excel at has yielded tremendous personal growth. I’ve stuck with it, and have continued to push myself, which has turned a once dreaded activity into an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience.
Growing up, I didn’t dream of running the Boston Marathon because it never crossed my mind as a possibility. There is no better feeling in the world than accomplishing something that you didn’t think you would be able to do, and, with your support, I look forward to crushing yet another one of those milestones this April!
I've started a blog to share my experiences training for the Marathon. Please feel free to check it out! www.barstooltoboylston.com
WHY TITLE IX GIRLS?
As a graduate of an all-girls high school, I believe it's incredibly important for girls to be given a safe space to become the best version of themselves. I was a shy, timid, and bullied kid through elementary and middle school. When I got to high school and saw what a difference a supportive community made, I flourished. A big part of that was my involvement in sports; regardless of skill level, being part of a team was one of the most rewarding experiences I could have hoped for, and played a huge role in making me the person I am today.
I love that this group gives that opportunity to girls that may not otherwise have it elsewhere. We need to be teaching girls to be supportive of each other as opposed to bringing each other down, and Title IX Girls aims to do that through their running and other programs.
Since I began running, I have been blown away by how supportive the running community as a whole has been. It doesn't matter your pace, or how many miles you're putting in -- everyone supports each other, cheers each other on, and celebrates in every accomplishment. As a beneficiary of this incredible community, it’s great to see girls being introduced to that spirit at this early and important time in their development
ABOUT TITLE IX GIRLS
Title IX Girls Running Club has been a community based, non-profit for girls since 2007 that continues to provide girls ages 9-15, a safe, structured place, to learn about their own emotional experiences and physical health.
Our award winning, educational program, utilizes the principles of running to strengthen the connections among emotional, psychological and physical health while empowering girls to develop their own emotional intelligence and learn the skills necessary to navigate a very complicated and complex world. We dream of a world in which girls can live safe, healthy and successful lives.