Why We #RunBold and You Should Too

blog feature

Choosing to run the Boston Marathon is an amazing commitment to, not only months of training in the dead of the winter, it is a lifestyle decision- an extremely positive resolution that comes with a passion for moving and fitness and a resolution to give back to the community through fundraising and personal example.  It is a choice to put health first, to prioritize activities and to manage time to include hundreds of hours of running and training while seeking donations for a particular cause.  Running is a very physically demanding activity and the mileage necessary to comfortably approach the marathon distance is significant.  Most serious runners plan on running every single day- I know that is usually my plan, so when life gets in the way and I do have to take a day off, I am not taking a step back in my training. Some days are recovery runs and some are speed, others are long runs.  Even if it is just a mile to shake my legs out, putting my running shoes on and heading out the door is a meditation, therapy session, coaching exercise for me.  By choosing to run, I put my health first.  Of course, my son is my priority- as soon as his needs are met, he is on the bus or at his activity, then I get to run.  In fact, every single member of a runner’s family becomes involved with the runner’s dedication- especially when that alarm goes off at 6AM on a Sunday morning or another email is sent to friends and family asking for fundraising support!  We learn to prioritize, plan ahead and hopefully inspire even within our families.  I will never forget an essay that my son wrote a few years ago naming me as his hero for finishing a particularly grueling marathon in a winter storm.  A runner truly inspires by example in his or her training, healthy and nourishing fuel choices and lifestyle.  I won’t have time to meet you for coffee, too much sitting time, but I would love to join you for a 5 mile run!

At Endurance, we applaud and support all of our marathon runners- present, past and future.  It’s usually not a surprise when a new student walks in and explains his or her fitness background with the words, “I’m a runner/triathlete/doing my 10th Boston,” and right away we welcome them with an understanding of an athlete’s particular needs for cross-training, understanding of athletic schedules, active rest days and exactly everything we can help with. 

A few years ago, I had run a few marathons and made the declaration that, in general, for my health and fitness, I wanted to stay in good enough running shape to be able to run a half-marathon on a few days notice.  As of today, I have run 21 marathons- and I have also learned that at the age of 43, I am lucky enough to lead a healthy lifestyle that allows me to jump in and run a full marathon on a couple weeks notice. I am in better physical condition than I was in my twenties and I am very proud of the example that I am for my son, friends and students.   There is no greater feeling in the entire world than crossing that marathon finish line- every single time I do it, I decide to look for another.  I am proud beyond words and passionate enough about yet another that I immediately start to think about “the next time”- that next marathon.  To put it on the schedule, start and plan the training.  Running is an absolute gift- I am privileged to have such a passion for the sport.  It has shaped my fitness, personality, drive and dedication- there is nothing in the world that I cannot accomplish if I put in my best effort.  Run bold- make the decision to try it, to try it again, to become better at it.  You may be surprised at just how much you can accomplish- in greater ways than you ever dreamed you could.  Keep pushing the limits!  Running has made me a better mom, wife, business person, friend and citizen.  Make the decision to Run Bold- to make health and fitness a true priority in your life- you have no idea where it could take you!