For my 3rd marathon I am so lucky & humbled to receive a golden ticket to run in the Boston Marathon.
As any runner knows, the Boston Marathon is the most prestigious of all marathons. People from all over the world, elite & amateur runners work hard to secure a spot in this race.
For some, it's the BQ (Boston Qualifying time) that is the only thing that matters, a marathon finish time that puts you at the top of the runners. For others, it's raising money for a favorite charity or maybe an invitational from a sponsor of the marathon to receive that magical bib number ...whatever the case may be, anyone that gets to toe that start line on April 20th 2015, is deserving and fortunate to be there and it doesn't make anyone less than. To train for a marathon means training hard and putting in the miles. Some people just happen to be faster than others, it doesn't mean the slower person didn't train just as hard. 26.2 miles is no easy task, whether you are an elite runner or a recreational runner, you are both running the same distance and are both working just as hard to cover that grueling distance, it's all relative.
In 4 years time, I have accomplished more as a runner than I ever dreamed possible.
I never ran a day in my life outdoors and as 40 was approaching, I decided I would train for a 1/2 marathon.
1 mile became 2 and 2 became 3...I never thought in a million years when I decided to take on that challenge, that in 4 year's time I would finish 17 half marathons, 2 full marathons, 3 Ragnar Relays and numerous shorter distance races.
Running has become a passion for me and it has pushed my body & mind to places I never in my wildest dreams imagined possible.
It has earned me a spot on Team Betty, and I am being sponsored by Betty Designs for the 2nd year in a row. I'm so excited to represent Betty in Boston!
I have set personal records for myself and have trained so hard to beat those records with each race. I have made amazing friends through this sport, some of whom have become my closest friends.
We have laughed, cried, gone through the good, the bad, the pretty & the ugly. They mean the world to me and I'm so excited to be able to share the experience of Boston Marathon with some of them no matter how we all get to run it.
So needless to say, having the privilege to run Boston Marathon, is beyond words for me.
Like I said before, for some it's the BQ, for some it's a charity, for me the meaning goes so much deeper than any number on a Garmin watch or any denominational number.
I was born & raised in the Boston area and lived there my entire life until moving to Connecticut eight years ago.
Each of the 8 cities the marathon runs through has made me who I am today. ( How many people can say that?)
It all began at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick where I was born. I was raised in Framingham, graduated high school there and have lifetime friends from those days. (Lori, Jen, Jana, Marcie, Amy, Karen, Bonnie)
Hopkinton State Park holds many memories of swimming in the pond & laying in the sun (when getting tan was cool) with friends and family as a child.
Ashland certainly holds a dear place in my heart with very fond memories of middle school roller skating on Friday nights with a dear old friend (Lynn) and where I experienced my 1st kiss.
My first career job out of college was as an assistant buyer with Designs Inc (a Levi's company), which started my love for the fashion industry. The corporate buying office was based in Newton. I spent every Patriots Day during my lunch hour, eating my lunch with coworkers and cheering on the runners at heartbreak hill.
My 2nd job was as a buyer for Filene's Basement at their corporate headquarters in Wellesley where my love for fashion continued to flourish.
Brookline, a city where I became a Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13 & spent many weekends after graduating college, hanging out with friends at various bars & clubs and spending overnights with dear old friends. (Lauren, Bonnie & Tanya)
And my life comes full circle just feet before the finish line in Boston at the corner of Boylston & Gloucester at Whiskey's Bar where my friends Bonnie & Lauren introduced me to my husband, Randy, 21 years ago.
My high school yearbook quote was from a Rolling Stones song, Ruby Tuesday, "catch your dreams before they slip away"...
Well, I'm catching this dream and I'm not letting anyone take that away from me!
I will be running through my early life, reminiscing in each city of my life before I became a runner. I will cross that finish line 44 years later, on my hometown turf, as what I would consider a pretty damn accomplished runner in only 4 years!
I absolutely cannot wait to toe the start line for the Boston Marathon to run 26.2 miles of the best years of my life!
You can take the girl out of Boston, but you can NEVER take Boston out of the girl :)