I’ve been running off and on for nearly four decades. I thought I had hung up my running shoes forever because of an ailing right knee. In 2009, I had torn my ACL and sprained my MCL while skiing. Even after reconstruction surgery the following year and months of physical therapy, I now had a knee that was in continuous discomfort and often painful in my daily life. Running, even a half mile, caused pain not only in my knee but all the way into my hip. Then, this fall my daughter, Hannah, told me she had signed up for the DreamFar High School Marathon. Knowing her course load, involvement in the fall and spring drama club productions and band, I thought it would be a good fit for her. A few weeks into her training schedule, I attended the parent’s information night. I had absolutely no intention of signing up as a mentor until I watched the video and began talking with some of the other parents who had signed up to be mentors. “I’m not sure if I can do a marathon because of my right knee.” I told Megan Hall, our DreamFar Southcoast leader. She was understanding and by the next day, I was committed to being a mentor. It's now been about eight weeks since I've been running with the DreamFar Southcoast group and my knee has never felt better since my surgery. The community of runners has been inspirational, supportive and a lot of fun. Watching everyone get fitter and stronger as a group has transformed running for me to something that I now look forward to, no matter the weather or temperature outside. I feel lucky every day that I am part of this wonderful organization.
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