Team Framingham Member: No
Is this your first marathon? Yes.
Is this your first Boston Marathon? First Boston
Why run Boston? I am what you would call a true Bostonian. I was born and raised here, going to Boston Public Schools my whole life. Every single year I would go watch the runners speed by Boston College, cheering them on and thinking one day maybe I’ll do this. As a kid I was always so amazed by the runners, and soon I started to hear about my friends and family running it themselves. After my mom told me the story of her running Boston, I was inspired to do it myself. It has become my top bucket list item.
Which charity are you raising money for? Why? MetroWest YMCA – The Y has been a part of my family’s life for as long as I can remember, I grew up going to summer camps and after school programs at our local Brighton branch. Now that I am a Framingham resident I see that the MetroWest Y is a place that is dedicated to helping those in our community with accessible programming in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
How did you first get into running? I got into running to relieve stress and bond with my sister who also likes to run. We ran our first half marathon together a couple years ago which helped me realize Boston could actually be a reality.
Why do you like to run? Running is something I do for myself, a way to step away from my daily responsibilities and really have some me time. I also love that there is an immediate bond between runners. It has opened me up to so many new connections that I never would have met without running.
What is your goal for the 2018 Boston Marathon? My goal is to finish! This is my first marathon and I just want to make it across the finish line in relative comfort.
Tell me something about your training for the marathon: Training is a way of life. It dominates my schedule, my eating habits and my overall well-being. When I am busy at work I stress about training and when I’ll be able to do it all. I don’t like going out to eat too much because I can’t control what I am eating completely. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will be truly sad when Boston Marathon training is over, there will be a major gap in my life. Training has given me a purpose bigger than myself and I so grateful to have had this opportunity.
How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? When I struggle to get up at 5 a.m. to get my training runs in I think of all the people who have helped me get to this point and how I would be letting them down by not trying my very best to prepare myself as best as I can. I also think of my mom, who ran the Boston Marathon in 1981. I want to make her proud this year more than ever after she suffered a stroke last September. We are so happy she is recovering well and will be able to cheer me on and watch me cross the finish line just like she did all those years ago.
What is your favorite pre-running meal? My go to is oatmeal with banana, some granola or cereal and a splash of milk.
What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? My Bright blue Asics Gel Kayanos.
Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2018 Boston Marathon? I may not wear anything physically but I will carry the spirit of my late father and aunt who recently passed away with me the entire way.