Hello Family, Friends and Marathon Supporters,
I could not be more excited for this years Boston Marathon! I feel so lucky to have made it this far and to call myself a member of the Tufts 2014 Marathon Team. In the wake of last years events, I could not be more proud to represent Boston and Tufts in this incredible experience.
At Tufts, I was lucky enough to be a part of the Womens Soccer team. As a freshman however, I sustained a career changing injury, a concussion that brought on challenges I could not have imagined. While it was difficult for me to be at school academically, I was also devastated by my diminished ability to partake in athletics. I struggled for the next 2 years and finally had to call it quits; headaches took over my life and I decided that I could no longer be a contact sport athlete. I was devastated, to say the least.
It was then that I was determined to change my fate. I could not just be a non-athlete, I literally did not know how to not be active and enthusiastic about something in life. Athletics had been everything to me, the reason to wake up and get my day going, the way to stay fit and healthy and above all, a way to have fun and connect with others.
This is when I decided to become a marathon runner. I immediately volunteered to run 5 miles of the 2013 marathon with my friend, Phoebe Hanley, so that I could get a feel for how the marathon worked. Jumping in at mile 17 was illuminating. As we took on heartbreak hill, beat off some intense leg cramping and ultimately made it to the roaring crowds of BC, I decided I could not just stop what I was doing, I had to finish for both myself and Phoebe.
As we continued, the days events unfolded. I watched as devastated runners turned around, running from the finish line in an unnatural, daunting sort of way. Tears streamed down their faces as their dreams of finishing the marathon would never be realized. The rest of the day was a blur. 25.2 miles of mental and physical pain.
The tiny doubts I had regarding my participation in the next years marathon dissipated that day.
I can't believe it has almost been one year. I wanted to tell you all my reasons for loving and honoring the marathon, especially this year. This event genuinely means so much to me. It is a physical test of ability, a way of proving myself. It is in memory of all of those who lost loved ones that day, for those who finished and for those who did not.
I am so thankful for this opportunity.
I love you all & hope to see you all there; please donate if you can!
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