Editor’s Note: SOURCE is profiling runners participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon, with ties to Framingham, Ashland, and Natick.
Marathon Team: I am proud to be a part of them MetroWest YMCA team.
Is this your first marathon? YES!!!
Is this your first Boston Marathon? YES!!!
Why run Boston? I knew when I started running, that I wanted Boston to be my first marathon. This is our hometown marathon that is recognized across the world. I live in Ashland and the route practically goes right by my house. Also, when I started running people would ask me “have you done Boston?”. Now I can yes, with a big, proud smile on my face!
Which charity are you raising money for? MetroWest YMCA
Why did you pick that charity? To me, the YMCA is all about community and inclusion. This is what I value and believe is so important in life. I grew up in Waltham and we have a YMCA right on Lexington Street. Back then, my best friend and her family would go to the YMCA during the summer
and I would tag along. Everyone who worked there was so nice. We swam in the outdoor pool and had cookouts. It was so much fun! I remember it like it was yesterday. About 8 years ago, my son became a lifeguard at this YMCA. I believe this work experience made him the person he is today. The YMCA has many programs including preschool, before and after school programs, wellness initiatives like the diabetes prevention program and what I love, the Teaching Kitchen program. Our marathon fundraising
will help the YMCA continue to provide these and many other programs to the community.
How did you first get into running? In March of 2015, I decided I needed to do some sort of exercise. That November I was turning 50 and I didn’t feel my best. So, I signed up for the RAW Series races (Race Around Waltham). That year there were 11 local 5K races. I signed up for those 11, but then looked at other races around the area. By the end of 2015, I completed 22-5Ks. My finish time gradually improved from a 31-minute race to a 26.08-minute race. The next year, I signed up for a 10K and then
ran my first half marathon in May. After that, I just kept signing up for races, 5Ks, 10Ks and multiple half marathons around the state. It was in 2017, that I began researching the Boston Marathon.
Why do you like to run? I don’t really like running during the first mile, LOL. But after that, it is relaxing no matter how long I run. I enjoy the breeze on my face and depending on the route, how peaceful it can be. I would rather run outside than on a treadmill. No matter how cold it gets, I do everything I can to make it outside for my training run.
Tell me something about your training for the marathon: The YMCA is part of the Marathon Coalition training group. Every Saturday we have our training runs which start in Newton and run along parts of the marathon route. I look forward to Saturday because the coaches (Rick, Nicole and Paul) teach us about running, nutrition, stretching and warm ups. They have all run the Boston Marathon and are sharing their experiences, both good and bad, so we can learn. In the first week, I changed my running
form which helped my stamina. Every week we are adding mileage, but my pace per mile has remained around the same. I am not slowing down as I run longer.
What is your favorite cross-training activity: Biking. I love to ride my bike.
How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? I think if all of the people who do not have the opportunity to do this. I am honored to run the marathon and I take this commitment very seriously. My donors, the staff and members of the YMCA and my family are all supporting me. So, just remembering why helps me stay motivated!
Music or no music when Running? If music, favorite song? I like music when I run but I would rather hear the crowds cheering during the marathon so I am not sure I will bring my headphones. But my favorite songs while training are Believer by Imagine Dragons and The Greatest by Sia. These two songs help me make it up the hills.
What is your favorite pre-running meal? Oatmeal with raisins and a little bit of honey
What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? I wear Mizuno Waverunner sneakers. They are the only ones that feel comfortable on me. I have a few colors, blue, purple and gray so I can switch them out between runs.
What is your goal for the 2019 Boston Marathon? To complete the marathon healthy! I don’t care how fast I run, I just don’t want to get hurt.
Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2019 Boston Marathon? Yes. My husband had prostate cancer 5 years ago. I wear light blue-ribbon charms on my sneakers to show my love and support for him! Also, my sister Kathy passed away from leukemia in 1980. I have her mass
card that I will be carrying with me to help guide me to the finish line!
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