Editor’s Note: The Boston Marathon is Monday, April 17. Framingham Source will profile several of the Team Framingham runners raising money for 6 Framingham based charities between March 25 and Marathon Monday.
# of Marathons: “This will be my 8th marathon, including a marathon as part of an Ironman triathlon.”
# of Boston Marathons: “This is my 6th Boston Marathon. I first ran it in 2005 for charity and ended up qualifying by 3 seconds. I subsequently ran it 4 more times as a qualified runner. I took several years off while I had my two daughters, and now I’m excited to get back on the course as a member of Team Framingham.”
Why run Boston? “I grew up watching my dad, Bill Sage, run it for nine consecutive years. My sister and I would cheer him on. He definitely inspired me and I always knew I’d eventually run it, even though I wasn’t a runner and only played team sports growing up. Then I went to Boston College and started running for exercise on the Heartbreak Hills, which further motivated me to one day run the Boston Marathon. There was no other marathon I considered. I literally wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps.”
Which charity are you raising money for? “I’m honored to run for Voices Against Violence, a program of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC). I truly believe in the services it offers to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, such as a 24-hr hotline and crisis intervention, an emergency shelter, support groups, and medical and legal guidance. These services are crucial to people who are in threatening domestic situations or victims of sexual assault and need support.”
Why do you like to run? “Running is great for relieving stress, getting some fresh air, and getting the legs and heart moving after sitting at a desk all day at work. When I first started running for exercise in college, I remember being so excited the first time I ran 2 miles. From there, I continued to find out how far I could push myself. And now, several marathons and an Ironman triathlon later, I have a pretty good idea of what I’m capable of. You never know until you try! Running is also the reason I met my husband- we met at a race. And an added bonus now is having two young daughters and setting a good example of a healthy lifestyle for them through running.”
What is your goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon? “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to run the course again. Since I last ran it in 2010, the Marathon has evolved in many ways. The race has even more significance and distinction now, for qualified runners and charity runners alike. My goal is to enjoy every moment of the course and really soak in the entire experience because there’s nothing like it.”
“I try not to stress about it (training) and do the best I can. It’s very difficult training in the New England winter – that’s the hard part. I focus on putting in the miles for the long runs and otherwise doing the cross-training I usually do all year round with swimming, cycling and strength training. Running in moderation is my strategy- maybe that’s counterintuitive,” she said.