BENEFITING: Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I cannot believe I am running the 2017 Boston Marathon! I am super excited for this opportunity!
Running has always been a saving grace in my life! I started competing in track when I was a sophomore in high school and it transformed me from an insecure teenage girl to a confident woman. My coaches had a huge role in this transformation and they inspired me to become a high school teacher and a cross-country and track coach.
As much as running has saved me, it has tested me as well. I ran for two years in college and started to hate the sport. This change, in addition to battling some other inner demons, brought me to a real challenging point in my life and I lost some of the confidence that I had gained in high school. However, with the support of family and friends and some work on myself, I accepted that running did not always have to be about competition and I began to fall in love with the sport again.
After I graduated college, I gained a job as a teacher and a coach. My students and athletes inspired me to continue to set running goals for myself and thus I completed the 2010 Boston Marathon as a bandit runner and the 2013 Keybank Vermont City Marathon as a runner with a bib.
After Vermont, I decided to attempt to qualify for Boston on my own. I completed my most challenging training plan ever for the 2015 Keybank Vermont City Marathon and tanked in the race. I was throwing up every few miles and eventually dropped out after mile 16. I never had dropped out of a race before in my life and I was devastated. I fell out of love with the sport again.
However, when you coach an incredible group of high school athletes it is difficult to hate running for too long. This past summer I decided to start training in secrecy for the 2016 Manchester City Marathon in November. This race was for me and to prove to myself that I could conquer another marathon. I did conquer the race despite a lot of dry heaving along the way. I did not share with many people that I was running this race during my training and many individuals could not comprehend why I did that. However, as I learned in college, running is something that I do for myself and it is not always about the time or the talk.
I assumed it would be another year before I raced a marathon again, but a few weeks ago that all changed. A co-worker approached me and told me that a friend at Bay Cove was trying to find a person to take the bib number of a runner that had to drop out. I jumped on the opportunity and here I am today.
Running has saved me more me than it has hurt me and allows me to live a rich, full life. However, this situation is not possible for everyone and thus I would like to support Bay Cove because the company helps people with developmental disorders, mental illness, and addiction live the rich, full life running has given me.
Thank you for listening to my story and I appreciate any support you can give me. I hope to see you April 17th on the course!
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