New to long distance running, this will be my first marathon. The Boston Marathon is my favorite of all Boston sports, and has been my whole life. It's the first sporting event I remember watching with my parents, and it's a tradition I passed on to my three girls. They have all run this wonderful course and I have spent the last six years somewhere out there on Heartbreak Hill waiting for them and cheering them on, through smiles and tears. This year at age 56, 2017 is my turn.
In 2013 we all experienced a different degree of fear, panic, anger, and sadness with the horrific events that happened here in Boston. My girls and niece were on the course, my husband, a BPD officer, at the finish line waiting for them, and me, well, I was driving towards the City hoping that it was all just a false alarm. My extended family, though not hurt physically, had to heal emotionally which proved to be a long process. The following year two of the girls returned to the course in triumph, my husband was at the finish line again, and I was on HH waiting for them again with open arms and soaring pride in my heart. We had made it through, as did so many people who experienced that day.
This year I hope through training and finishing this race I can show my daughters that indeed you can accomplish anything, that age is just a number, that girls can do anything boys can, and that nothing can stop you from living your life!
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