Road To Boston
Here I am, 28 years old and feeling like somewhere I’ve taken a wrong turn. My recent optimism and energy level wants to retract that statement but I’d be dishonest to say that I was 100% confident in the major decisions I’ve made in the past 15 months. I left my job at the company I thought I was made for, traveled, and moved out of the city that I never in my wildest dreams would think to leave. Six months into living in Boston, I again thought twice about my decision to live here and began searching for jobs in New York. Through that search, I began talking with some people from my alma mater, Iona College and in that conversation I was asked to come to NYC to present at an award ceremony. I thought I can go and hopefully an opportunity will come of it, and little did I know that the complete opposite would occur.
It was great to be back, see old friends, make a thoughtful speech, and reconnect with professors and people within the Iona community who have really helped me though the years. I left with a couple business cards, and people to touch base with the next time I was in town, but still that the trip felt a bit unfulfilled. It wasn’t until days later when I was reading up on George Bodenheimer, and the V foundation. A few clicks and scrolls on their website and I saw that they had spots on their team for the Boston Marathon.
I had already been planning to run any marathon I could get into in the early spring, but the Boston Marathon is the holy grail. I quickly got in touch with the V Foundation and they granted me one of their very coveted spots on Team V.
Okay I’m in. 8K to raise. 26.2 miles to train for. I got it.
There were a million things that had to happen in order for me to get to this point. As selfish as it may sound the reasons I had moving to Boston were still not enough. They were in many ways for the comfort of other people, and my family. I was still looking for the 100% me reason for relocating to Boston and I found it in my spot in the Boston Marathon. I lived in NYC, was an avid runner and never really had the marathon on my list of things to accomplish. Looking back I know it was because my first should be here, in Boston, surrounded by the support of my family. It’s funny how something so small can reestablish your purpose or the path that you chose. Excited for the training, the chance to go the distance (literally), to be in my new hometown, to run for a purpose, a cause we can all relate to, and knowing I’m where I’m suppose to be.
I am running as 1 of 10 people for Team V in the 2017 Boston Marathon. With that comes an enormous responsibility to train and act as if Valvano was watching me. So I will be documenting my training as it goes on.
I hope you can visit my page and read on The V Foundation as I am truly honored to be a part of this team - > My Fundraising Page for Team V