As a kid, I cheered on Boston marathoners every year from the 1/2 way point. I found it truly inspirational to watch. I couldn't believe so many people were running 26.2 miles! Up until this past fall, I hadn't ever run more than 7 or 8 miles . . . . I know many people who have run marathons, and I have enjoyed hearing their advice. One friend told me that the most she had run leading up to her 1st marathon was 7 miles. Other friends told me they would run closer to 20 before their marathons. When I first started training, I thought I would try to get up to a 12-15 mile run before the marathon. However, I have come to realize that it's much easier to go further when running with others - it has been a pleasure to be a part of the Tufts Marathon Team. I ran 19 miles last weekend on the marathon course, and it felt great!
When I first spoke with my husband about running the marathon, I told him I really didn't think it would take much time out of our weekend family time. I clearly didn't think that one through, but he has been super supportive anyways. My 6 year old now sometimes jogs a few blocks with me and tells me that we are training for the marathon. Although Coach Don's advice has been spot on, the piece of advice that sticks with me on each run came from my 6 yo - she said that if I feel tired at all during my runs or during the marathon, I should stop and do a silly dance & that will help me.
So, if you see me stopping or walking and doing a silly dance, you'll know why!
As part of my commitment to running the Boston Marathon in 6 weeks, I’m raising money to support a cause I am passionate about. I’m asking for your support in reaching my goal of raising $5000 in order to help find evidence-based solutions to the complex issue of childhood obesity. I have been tickled so far by those who have already supported me in my efforts - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! And, to those considering a donation - thank you for even thinking about it! I know I am lucky to be a part of this.
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