BENEFITING: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Boston Marathon. We meet again.
Friends, family, work pals, donors, the Maui community, the Boston community, and beyond, before I can ask for anything I need to simply say thank you.
For the last three consecutive years of training and fundraising, I have been showered with an overwhelming amount of support. The donations, the conversations, the inspiring quotes, physical therapy sessions, the suggested music for my run playlists, ice cream dates, and nights out to relax--support has come my way in a myriad of ways. Because of you and your support over the years, I collect the courage to step on the starting line once again.
May I please just give you my whole heart? #youarethebest
[Insert the invitation to the novel that follows here] #whatisbrevity
I came to Boston to escape from running.
Burn-victim to collegiate athlete. Prior to this majestic city, I lived in California and had one focus: a successful career as a track athlete. At age seven, I was a burn victim who suffered second and third degree burns all over my feet and shins. Six weeks of hospitalization. Six years of therapy. Discovering running in middle school was a dream for a girl who was not promised she'd walk normally again. Like many collegiate athletes, my sport was my world. The olympics, a dream that I secretly wished for. Dreaming big is the only way I dream. I firmly felt if it was out of sight I knew I had the heart to at least try. I had already overcome so much, what did I have to lose?
Challenge your heart. In challenging my heart physically and emotionally, I broke it. Adhering to my training regimen a little too closely, I over-did it and had several injuries. My last injuries, labral tears in both hips, were misdiagnosed for nine months and resulted in two hip surgeries, weeks on crutches, and months of physical therapy. Hospitals and rehab. How familiar!
With a little heartbreak why not throw in a little fear? Terrified of living in a city, let alone a cold-snowy one, there was only one option. Move to one. Moving to Boston, a runner's paradise and home to the most world-renowned marathon, was not the smartest strategy to "escape running" as I aimed to.
Once an athlete, always an athlete. After recovery, I took up skiing, swimming, yoga, crossfit, and boxing, all at various times. My body was healthy again, but I could not address the idea of running again, physically or emotionally.
Travel Time. Costa Rica, India, Italy & a European adevnture. Anything to replace my love to run with new loves. Travel seemed like the best replacement for a serious sport. It was in India, that I stepped onto my first track since California. I was across the world and had eighty cricket players on the center grass who I would never see again as witnesses to my success or failure. #wheninindia...
Perhaps it was the yoga? Running was fine and I returned to the US at least ok with the idea of revisiting my sport. Gentle Boston Spring runs along the Charles. In Italy, that summer, I started running a little more with the encouragement of my best friend Gina. My guy friends, who learned my little story, challenged me to try out for Northeasterns track team for my last year of eligibility. #whenontheamalficoast
Eat, Pray, Find My Love To Run Again. Back to the US, I started training stubborn to acheive a level of fitness prior to making contact with the coach. Several weeks in, a role-model and incredible source of energy and life passed away, Mike Russell. He was my Spanish high school teacher and a Concord-native. Boston was his city and after attending the funeral, I realized how trivial and insignificant "running heartbreak" was. This was true heartbreak for me, his local community here and the Maui community.
"One day I will run the Boston Marathon for Mike Russell," I declared. 2.62 miles was "long-distance" to me. So I obviously had to run and train for 26.2...sometimes I wonder about myself :) #where'sthelogic I let go of collegiate running dreams, deciding travel and time with my friends and family was more important than running fast. "Still run. But have fun with it Brit...."
Fourth time is a charm? I was interning for the Boston Bruins Foundation in 2012 when the opportunity presented itself much sooner than I thought. If I think I am going to run it, "one day", why not today?
2012 Ran my first marathon during the heat wave. #ALLthesweat
2013 Crossed the finish line two minutes before the bombs went off and had a summer of paralysis of compassion for the victims and their families. Of anyone, I know what may arise from a physical altering injury from a traumatic event.
2014 Blew out my knee two weeks before. Thanks to an amazing orthopedic surgeon at Mass General Hospital, a cortizone shot, and meds later, I decided to at least START and ran to be a part of the historic race, which was beautiful. But yes, my knee killed at mile one. #whatispain
Last year was unbelievable with fundraising and support, but I do have a part of me that is incomplete. Blowing out my knee just before put a damper on what I imagined would be a healing experience with the city of Boston.
SO fourth time is a charm right? I hope 2015 brings me the best year to date with fundraising through online support and EVENTS. I want to see your smiling faces, embrace you with hugs, and train my heart out the next three months to complete this running journey.
See you on the Charles River or a sandy coastline for a run.
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrating on academics, athletics, community outreach and health. We believe that focusing and developing these four areas in children's lives creates a solid foundation, strong support system and ultimately leads them to be an impactful member of their community.
Nothing is more important to a child's future than education and the Boston Bruins Foundation is committed to helping children achieve academic success. To do this, the Foundation endorses programs that employ unique methodologies for children who not only learn well conventionally but also unconventionally. The Foundation seeks to support programs that provide homework assistance, a safe learning environment to develop social and learning skills and a challenging environment for children to discover their own special talents.
Athletic participation benefits children by fostering physical fitness, learning the importance of working together, and what can be accomplished with hard work. The Boston Bruins Foundation believes athletics can enrich the lives of children by removing boundaries and bringing together people of diverse backgrounds with similar interests. Athletics teach children how understand times of adversity and how to tackle problems head on with fairness and strength.
Another primary focus of the Boston Bruins is reaching out to the community. The Boston Bruins Foundation takes to heart its mission of 'enhancing the quality of life for children in our community.' Our outreach extends to organizations that are dedicated to working with at-risk or troubled youth, improving the self-esteem of children and developing our leaders of tomorrow. This area assists organizations that provide after-school activities to keep youth active, while exposing them to programs outside of a classroom curriculum.
The final focus of the Boston Bruins Foundation is the health of the children in our community. The City of Boston and the entire New England region boast some of the world's preeminent hospitals and medical centers. The Foundation's proximity to these centers enable us to support a variety of organizations involved in research, care and prevention of health concerns of our children.
It is through the support and generosity of the Boston Bruins fans, season ticket holders, and corporate partners that the Boston Bruins Foundation is able to continue our ongoing mission of helping children throughout New England.