In September of 2009 I was diagnosed with a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) or blood clot, in my left leg. It was very severe and in two veins fully. This had me on bed rest for three full months. Of course this happened right when I started loving running. Just a few miles here and there and I had done one race, a five miler. I wanted to be good at something and felt maybe running could be my "thing".
I was given the ok to run / workout fully in April of 2010. From that moment on I was running when I could. I still had pain and my leg was very weak from not using it as well as having my blood flow being rerouted to other veins in my leg. It was trying. But I did it. I ran my first 5k that June and was hooked. I ran a 10k on my 31st birthday and had a great time (1:07). I couldn't stop signing up for races. Then thought, why not a half marathon. And did it!
I wanted to cross off Marathon on my list....which better marathon than Boston? It's iconic and also the HARDEST marathon to get into. I was not ever going to qualify. Fact. So I did something that still gives me chills. I signed up through the John Hancock Boston Marathon Group at work and my application was accepted!! For years I watched those amazing runners make there way through the towns of Massachusetts and head down Boylston Street and now I was going to be one of them! I loved the training (though now I realize I didn't train nearly as much as I could have....but in dealing with pain, swelling, getting strength back...it's no wonder.
My time was 5:57 49 and I am proud of every minute I spent out there. It was agony. A lot of it was so tough that I was ready to give up, but I didn't.
So naturally I signed up again. :-)
Last year when training for the 2011 Boston Marathon I ran a total of 225 miles in preparation. So far, as of December 3rd, I have run 91.61 miles. I am three times ahead of where I was last year at this time and I feel amazing!!!
I no longer work for John Hancock but am lucky enough to continue running in their program as well as for such a great organization such as the Ron Burton Training Village.
Please consider donating to this great group and help support both them and me on this amazing journey! I won't let you down!!
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