Seems just like yesterday my teammates and I ventured out to Hopkinton on a yellow school bus in what seemed like the worst weather we could have imagined for race day. Thanks to the amazing Mass General Marathon Team organizers, we had a nice warm tent to hunker down in before making our way to the start line. Trying to dress for this race was a difficult task in itself. Will I be too hot? Will I be too cold? Gloves or no gloves? What will keep me the driest the longest? I guess it really didn't matter because everything was going to be drenched within minutes anyways. The 2018 Boston Marathon was one of the most physically and mentally challenging experiences of my life. I remember thinking at one point, “is this really happening? Is this real life?” Then I remembered it is. I remembered the 20 weeks of training leading up to this day weren’t so I could give up. I remembered WHY I was running and how my efforts were in turn helping the children of Mass General fight for their lives. It is such an honor to be able to run for this organization and I am so looking forward to doing so again this year. Mass General not only focuses on finding a cure for childhood cancer, but also on the quality of life of its young patients and their families through the child life program. This program utilizes therapeutic play - music and art therapy to help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.
I am so grateful each year for the outpouring love and support from family and friends near and far that just want to help make a difference! I am ready and excited to embark on this fundraising journey and training for the historic 26.2 mile race! Any bit helps and it’s SO greatly appreciated. #ItsForTheKids #Run4MGH #LetsDoThis