Editor’s Note: SOURCE is profiling runners participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon, with ties to Framingham, Ashland, and Natick.
Hometown: Ipatinga-MG, Brazil
Lives in: Framingham
Marathon Team: Team LZF for The Lenny Zakim Fund
Is this your first marathon? No, Boston this year will be my second marathon.
Is this your first Boston Marathon? No, this is my second Boston Marathon.
Why run Boston? Because it runs through my adopted hometown of Framingham. This marathon made me realize that I could run last year and made me fall in love with the extended community you meet training out on those hills.
Which charity are you raising money for? The Lenny Zakim Fund.
Why did you pick that charity? I picked The Lenny Zakim Fund because of their commitment to social justice and giving a voice to the voiceless. They don’t just help one group, but they empower nonprofits to help many groups, including our very own OUT Metrowest here in Framingham.
How did you first get into running? I’ve always been a casual runner, but it wasn’t until I was convinced that I could run a marathon (if I worked hard enough) in 2017 that I began running long distances.
Why do you like to run? I like that you can’t fake hard work with running. You either put the miles in or you don’t. You can’t reach your goals unless you put that work in (at least I’ve never been able to!)
Tell me something about your training for the marathon: I’m a slow runner and it’s very hard for me to accept that sometimes. One of the things that irritates my loved ones greatly is when last year’s marathon comes up and, upon being congratulated for finishing, I respond with “thank you, but I was so slow!” Accepting that this is just how I run is a marathon in itself.
What is your favorite cross-training activity: Pilates and some old school P90X/Insanity DVD’s I still have from many years ago.
How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? I get loved ones to hold me accountable. It’s very easy for me to convince myself to skip a run, but very difficult when I know someone will ask me about it later in the day.
Music or no music when Running? If music, favorite song? Yes, music! “Bull In a China Shop” by Switchfoot.
What is your favorite pre-running meal? Most of my workouts are fasted, but when I do eat, it’s typically some scrambled eggs with a little cheese.
What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Brooks Ghost 10 with glittery pink wings on the laces.
What is your goal for the 2019 Boston Marathon? To finish in less than 6 hours!
Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2019 Boston Marathon? My cross necklace and the names of loved ones who have passed written on the inside of my bib.
Photo of Sousa in the 2018 Boston Marathon