Iâ€™mÂ excited aboutÂ my 3rd year as a Run4Rare marathon runner!Â This year, I am honored to be paired with the family of Grace Webster, a loving 8-year old girl with a strong spirit who died after a long struggle with Hypothalmic Hamartomas (HH). Her story can be found here:
As I begin to learn her story and meet her family, I am reflecting on what this year’s experience will be like for me. I have been a runner for many years andÂ have qualified for Boston based on my time. I have high expectations of running faster than everÂ this year but in many ways the training is the easy part â€“ I just need to do more of it to achieve my goals. And the fundraising – I’ll do ok. The hardest part for me is the social / relationship-building aspect of Run4Rare. IÂ tend to be more of aÂ private person and fairly busy withÂ kids, work, training, etc. IÂ donâ€™t communicate much via blogs, facebook, or IM. However, as I experience Graceâ€™s story, read blogs on this site, and tune into the energy of this team, I am drawn by the possibilities of putting myself out there more.
So in 2016, I am challenging myself to be more outgoing about the whole thingÂ – put in extra effort to understand Graceâ€™s story and connect with her family, Â share training tips via theÂ blog, and be more persistent with the fundraising. Starting right now!
90 days to Boston, letâ€™s go team!