I am so excited to be running the Boston Marathon to benefit Boston Children's Hospital for a second year!! I've decided to share here some highlights of last year's race that made me so eager to sign up again:
1. I got to run beside a blind runner named Teddy for miles 7-8. He was a funny man, whose best line was, "It must suck to be you right now since you can see all the hills ahead of you!" His upbeat attitude and love for running kept a smile on my face for miles.
2. At mile 13, just as I passed half-way, I saw my amazing high school advisor and his family. I did not expect to see them so this random surprise made me look back on the first half of the race with joy.
3. A very dear friend from Cavanaugh Hall at Notre Dame was waiting for me at mile 14. Her family had signs and water for me, and caught a beautiful photo that captured the pure joy I was feeling during the race. I can personally say that as someone with a "Running B**** Face" as my mom calls it, seeing how happy Boston made me was heartwarming.
4. I saw my wonderful mom and sister, accompanied by friends, at mile 18. My mom had frozen towels for me to toss over my shoulders which really helped with the heat.
5. I did not know I was on Heartbreak Hill so when it was over, I got a sweet surprise that the worst part of the race was over! My very best childhood friend, Caroline, was at Boston College and I got to run through a sea of eagles who cheered for me despite my ND gear!! It was so great to see Caroline and all of her friends from BC, many of whom were very generous in supporting me despite not knowing me.
6. Turning the corner between Haverford and Boyston and seeing the finish line. I looked to the sky and tears streamed down my face because I could not believe I was about to be a "marathoner." I could hear my dad cheering for me at many times during the race, but the finale I knew he was looking down with a wide smile.
7. I ran with a jersey that said "For Jake!" on the back, and a constant reminder of people cheering for Jake made my soul seep with peace and happiness. I also was happy he was on my back, because that means I technically beat him ;)
8. Crossing the finish line, my first sentence was, "I cannot wait to do this again."
Thank you in advance for helping me reach this goal again. Your support does not go unnoticed :)