Checking in as marathon training continues...
Recently, while I was doing a long training run on a very cold, windy Saturday morning, I asked myself, "why am I doing this? - I could be at brunch, I could be out shopping with friends or I could be in a warm bed". But very quickly, it hit me exactly why I was running across the Mass Ave bridge with the wind whipping across my face. I am running for Team Dimock! I am running to support the many people who wake up each day with their challenge to conquer, whether it is getting through another day of detox, managing a chronic illness, earning a GED or getting a strong start on learning, and they have the opportunity to meet those challenges through the support and services of the Dimock Center. I am so proud to join my marathon challenge with their challenges and together make a difference in the lives of so many in our community.
I have been running marathons since 1999 and have completed over 25 marathons and 2 ultra marathons. I started running marathons as challenge of my strength and endurance. I had never been athletic in my life and crossing that first finish line gave me a rush of accomplishment that was amazing. Also, over the years, I have found running to be an enormous stress reliver and an opportunity to pursue goals outside of my job as an attorney. Over the years, what has become the most motivating and impactful part of running marathons is having the opportunity to fundraise for nonprofits who I felt a strong connection to. I am so proud to be a charity runner (no Boston qualifier here) and could not be more excited to have a Team Dimock shirt this year.
Running the Boston marathon is considered one of the greatest thrills for a runner. On April 15, 2019, I am honored to run the Boston marathon for the 9th time as a member of Team Dimock. I was drawn to run the marathon and support the Dimock Center because I believe in the importance of the comprehensive approach to health and wellbeing that they bring to residents of Boston everyday who might not otherwise have access to medical, behavioral health, family support and educational services. In particular, the services of the Dimock Center's Acute Treatment Services are vital today as we continue to combat the opioid crisis. Providing detox and addiction recovery services within the Boston community is key to helping those with addiction rebuild their lives and set them on a path for future success.
As I train for the run on April 15th, I will continued to be inspired by the work at the Dimock Center each day and will push forward to make each mile more impactful to support the ongoing work of The Dimock Center.