There are 3 motivating reasons for applying to run 26.2 miles at one time- yikes!!
First and foremost is to raise money and awareness for massage therapy which is a cause extremely close to my heart. I have had a passion for massage since I was 8 years old and at 40, I followed my passion by becoming a massage therapist. I feel very blessed to be in an industry that helps so many people in so many ways and feel that the research/evidenced based work that The Massage Therapy Foundation will help propel our stature in the healthcare industry.
Secondly, it would be a huge motivation to get me to lose weight and get into shape. I am currently overweight but have always been an athlete all my life. I currently play tennis and volleyball a couple of times a week and started running/walking again about 3 weeks and it is going well. I was a scholarship heptathlete at The University of Georgia and rode horses at a very high level until going away to University. It is within my capabilities to run a marathon. I understand the work ethic and have the drive.
Thirdly, I want to be an inspiration to others struggling with a weight problem or just needing a new goal to get “out of a rut”. During my training, I would journal/blog consistently on social media to pen the path and journey I am on with the goal of running the Boston Marathon in my 50th year. To inspire those who think there too old and out of shape to accomplish a lofty goal. The ups and downs, disappointments and accomplishments- a journey I want everyone to relate to.
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