Running to Spark Hope
It started back in bootcamp, and I left it at bootcamp. A mile and a half in 15 minutes. That's all they could get out of me. Twenty years later though, something made me pick up running again. Truth be told, I had gained weight. So, there it is. Out of breath, carrying an extra 25, and with a 40th birthday looming, I pressed on. One mile, two miles, three miles, five miles.
And then I fell in love. Sure, the weight came off, but more than that, I found something that I really enjoyed doing. It became an escape, a stress release, an endorphin-high, a sense of accomplishment. It became strategic; I would pore over city maps and plan out different routes. It became competitive; I pushed myself to do better every day, to run faster, to run further, to tackle a bigger hill - and each time, it made me stronger.
I started running in the spring of 2013 and by October of that year, I was about to complete (I hoped) my first half marathon with a goal of finishing under two hours. I made it through in 1:59 and change. My second half marathon was 1:49-ish. By 2016, I had participated in six half marathons. Each one challenged me in a different way, and each one was a blast! Admittedly, I've been thinking about a full marathon for a while now. 26.2 - the number gnaws at me. I can't shake the feeling. It's time to up my game.
It's also time to give back. Up until this point, I had been running for me, for what it can do for me physically, emotionally, and mentally. Now it's time to run for someone else. So, I've joined the Miles for Miracles team because I believe so strongly in all the amazing things Boston Children's Hospital does for kids.
Adele and I don't have kids of our own (don't mention that to Jack), but we rely on the institution of family and the unconditional love that comes with it. We have also experienced the highs and lows of family life - the devastating moments of tragedy and the sparks of hope that move you forward. Boston Children's Hospital generates those sparks every day.
The Hospital's patient care programs are uber sensitive to what sick and injured children and their families really need. Especially important to us is that it welcomes kids whose families can't afford health care - more than any other hospital in Massachusetts. And its community programs make a point of reaching out to help low-income and at-risk youth. They need help to do more of this.
Help create more sparks of hope. Support me, and support the hospital! Please make a small gift today. The collective impact of $5, $10, $20, and $50 donations can bring hope to a family and change a child's life.