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Bonnie SAYS:
Dear family and friends, Ye…
Dear family and friends,

Yesterday I completed the Boston Marathon in 5:54:18. It was so humbling; it took literally everything I had physically and emotionally to finish. My body was giving out, my heart made me continue - I could barely walk by the time I finished. I knew no matter how much I hurt, I had to keep going... it was the chance of a lifetime. I had also made a promise to everyone who had supported me and Wediko, and I didn't want to let you down.

A lot of the race is a blur - I was so focused on moving forward - but the kindness, the encouragement, the energy and the sense of community was unlike anything I've ever felt. It was SO. AWESOME. to see so many familiar faces along the course, especially knowing my family would be at mile 20 - it helped motivate me to get through the hardest parts. After Heartbreak Hill (mile 21), my feet, calves, knees, quads and hips hurt so much, I just had to gut out the next 4 miles. When I got to mile 25 and saw the Citgo sign in front of me, "Dirty Water" by The Standells was playing in my ear and I started getting emotional. I got to the Mass Ave bridge to see the "1K To Go" sign and my heart jumped out of my chest. I ran up the hill and turned right onto to Hereford. I kept thinking, "this is happening, I'm really going to do this," my eyes welling with tears. I rounded the corner left onto Boylston with deafening cheers all around me, and saw the finish line looming just over 0.2 miles away. My dream coming true seemed like it happened in slow motion. It was when I passed the Forum restaurant with happy, screaming spectators reclaiming that space - their marathon - that I totally lost it. A minute later, I raised my arms in victory and crossed the finish line. I was so tired, so sore, so DONE, but I was so full. Someone put a medal around my neck and I cried and cherished one of the greatest moments of my life.

If you average how I feel emotionally/spiritually and how I feel physically, I'm OK. I'm SO happy I did it, but I'm also in a lot of pain, very sore, and wicked tired. But no matter how long it takes me to recover, and even if I never do it again, for the rest of my life I can say with pride that I'm a Boston flipping Marathoner. Hell. YEAH.

If you want to share my story and fundraising link, you can help me reach my goal of $10,000. Even if you share it with just one person you know supports children's mental health, it will make a difference. Thanks!

Love, Bonnie
4 years ago
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Becky Palinski
Toronto, ON Canada
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