Providence or Bust

Providence or Bust

With a little over a week to go (9 days to be exact, but who’s counting) I ask myself if I really think I can do this again. Having no experience running (and very little training) I ran the Hartford Half Marathon last October. I was flying high until about Mile 6 when it seemed to all go downhill. My body stiffened, my hands were swollen, and I took a nasty fall and was bleeding profusely (okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration ;-)). Every part of my body wanted to give up, but how could I? I remembered the entire time what I was running for, who I was running for. I had the incredible privilege of running for Larisa’s daughter, Marilyn, who passed away at a very young age from Miller-Dieker Syndrome. Through Running for Rare, I not only got to learn about how special Marilyn was, I also developed a close relationship with Larisa, Roman, and their daughter. It was through Marilyn’s memory and her family’s support at the cheering section, that I finished the Hartford Half Marathon. I didn’t expect my victory to be as emotional as it was for me, but after crossing the finish line, I was in tears (and it wasn’t just because of the excruciating pain my legs were in!).


I am elated to be joining the team again as we make our way to Providence, this time running for Kylene, representing the Mast Cell Disease community. I can sit here and tell you I am more prepared this time than last, but that would be a lie. I am probably more out of shape, I haven’t trained nearly as much as I should have, and I just got back from Texas having had TONS of BBQ – but what I can tell you is no matter what, I will cross that finish line again because Running for Rare gives me a purpose. All of those suffering from a Rare Disease give me purpose.

See you all in Providence!

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One comment on “Providence or Bust
  1. Beth S says:

    Hi Brittany. I’m also a busy mom who will be running the Providence half marathon for Running for Rare. Trust me, you will have plenty of company at the back of the pack! Maybe we can run some of it together? My 2015 time for this race was 2:54 but I’m thinking I may be closer to 3:15 this time around. I had a conversation with my patient partner and she assured me she is proud of me for trying my best and getting the word out about rare disease awareness. Good luck, and have a great race!

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