They say "Finish Line, not Finish Time"

Boston Marathon Update

March 20, 2019

Ever since I announced that I was running the 123rd Boston Marathon, I have been amazed by the response I get from people... It's always the same. 

Their eyes get HUGE, they purse their lips together, and exhale slowly... "Are you nuts?" usually follows.

My response? A simple... "YUP" is all that's required.

(finish line selfie, 4 weeks before the marathon)

I've been around the Boston Marathon in one way or another for decades, but I've never really understood how difficult the training was for the local runners. 

The holidays, the dead of winter, the short daylight hours, none of it making it easy to prepare for arguably the toughest and most prestigious marathon in the world.

And yet, year after year, tens of thousands of local runners, and thousands more from around the globe, flock into Hopkinton to tackle the course, slay the hills, and seek glory on Boylston Street.

This year, I will be one of them. 

I always stood by the finish line thinking "maybe someday", well it's not going to get an easier next year, so why not now?

When the Home Base Program offered me a spot on their team, I took a second, to really figure out if I could pull it off. And I replied to the email... YES, before I could change my mind.

Now with 26 days left to train, and $5600 dollars left to raise, it's all getting very real, VERY FAST!

Today is the first day of Spring, and the banners went up along Boylston Street promoting the marathon. Those famous Blue and Yellow colors lining the last 300 yards of what will surely be the longest and hardest day of my life. 

To get ready, this weekend, I am doing the longest run of my training program, a 20 mile run along the coast, from Kittery Maine, to Hampton Beach. And as much as I am dreading it, I am still trying to wrap my brain around the extra 6.2 miles that I"ll have to do on April 15th.

I knew I wouldn't be able to do it alone, but I am already overwhelmed by the amount of love and support that I have received. The South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade was lined with people cheering me on, and wishing me luck. Every day I get an email notification that someone else has donated to my fundraiser. People in the office here at WAAF stop by every day asking how my training is going, and even people from other stations have given me books, and offered to go running with me. If this is any indication of how race day will be, that love and support will get me over that finish line for sure.

Not bad for a girl, born with a birth defect that they said was fatal, who has dealt with leg issues for my entire life because of it. And call it irony, call it karma, or fate, whatever you want, but in 26 days, I'll be running for an organization that is based in the very same hospital that saved my life all those years ago, MGH. 

So, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for all of the love and support so far. The Calls, texts, FB comments, tweets, and IG love are helping more than you know! Thank you to everyone that has shared my donation page, and to all of those that have already donated. I'm almost halfway there... keep up the good work.

I'll earn every penny you donate, and Home Base will spend it wisely on our troops, veterans, and their families. That's what it's all about, right?

26 days and counting...

Bring on BOSTON!

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