Boston Marathon Runner Profile: Priscila Sousa Running For Hoops and Homework

Editor’s Note: Framingham Source is profiling runners participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon. If you would like to be profiled, email editor@FraminghamSource.com before April 10. 
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Priscila Sousa

Hometown: Ipatinga-MG, Brazil

Team Framingham Member: Yes

Is this your first marathon?  This is my first marathon!

Is this your first Boston Marathon?  First Boston Marathon!

Why run Boston? I wouldn’t have even considered running the Boston Marathon had I not had an opportunity to do it with Team Framingham. My connection with the Boston Marathon has everything to do with Framingham. When we first moved to the US it was something of a tradition to go to work with my father when he was a delivery driver at D’Angelo’s on Waverly St. so I could hang out with the staff and watch the runners through the window. They occasionally let me stand on one of the chairs so I could see over the crowd. I feel incredibly honored to participate in the Boston Marathon because it runs right through my adopted hometown.

Which charity are you raising money for? Why?  I’m raising money for Hoops and Homework because of the investment they make in our greatest asset, our children. They help children open doors to their own success and dream big. When they win, WE win!

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-hoops-and-homework/priscilasousa

How did you first get into running? I participated in track & field in high school, and after the grueling conditioning process I grew to enjoy running. I didn’t get into long distance running, however, until I started training for the Boston Marathon.

Why do you like to run? I enjoy the simplicity of running: just you and pavement, getting out what you put into it, and the great people you meet along the way.

What is your goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon? To finish! I’m a slow runner so I’m trying to keep my time goals realistic. With so many variables that keep surfacing, however, I’ll be happy just to finish the race.

Tell me something about your training for the marathon: Training for the Boston Marathon has been surreal. All of a sudden you have thousands of new friends who are attempting this really hard thing and you all get to do it together!  It’s incredibly difficult and there is no way I would have ever been able to take on this journey without an incredibly supportive family, supportive friends and my superhero of a partner.

How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? Thinking of the children I’m fundraising for and lots of music! A cup of black coffee helps sometimes as well.

What is your favorite pre-running meal? Simple oatmeal for morning runs or pretzels and hummus for runs later in the day.

What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? The Brooks Ghost 10 … with sparkly pink wings tied to the laces!

Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2018 Boston Marathon? I lost my paternal grandmother earlier this year and will be writing her and my maternal grandmother’s names on the inside of my bib.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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