Just Begin

I'm running the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017 with the Brigham Women's Hospital Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Team. In the past two years I've run two half marathons, so I thought to myself, "Why not put them together and run one full marathon?". Here I am.

Me after my first half marathon

Me after my first half marathon

26.2 miles is a large undertaking. I have a lot of hard work in front of me to get ready to run this race. My goal is to finish in under 4 hours, keep myself properly fueled with the right nutrition and to raise 9K for The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. 

The mission of the center is to continue developing cutting-edge innovation, at BWH and beyond, to transform trauma research and care. The center was created by the Reny family in honor of the BWH medical team that saved the life and limbs of their daughter, Gillian, who was critically injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

As I continue to train I feel blessed that I have the physical ability to run. Yes, it will be the biggest challenge I have taken on so far in terms of my fitness goals, but I know I'm capable of accomplishing those 26.2 miles. Many others are not so lucky. I want to help make a better future for them.

Gillian in recovery after the 2013 marathon bombing.

Gillian in recovery after the 2013 marathon bombing.

We are a little under two months away from the marathon! That's so insane!! As I continue to train I'm realizing how truly important it is to listen to your body. At the beginning of January I starting feeling pain in my right knee and hip. It turned out to be a hip flexor and IT band injury. This meant that for the past month I couldn't run. My focus became rehab; including stretching, foam rolling and strengthening. I'm happy to report that I'm now back to running! Although it was frustrating to take a break (not to mention nerve wracking as I watched others continue to up their milage every week), I knew my body needed it if I wanted to come back even stronger. Today I ran 6 miles and it felt incredible. I'm back to training and ready to conquer those 26.2.