I’m honored for this opportunity to support the Boston Bulldogs and run my first-ever marathon—which just so happens to be one of the most iconic races in the history of the sport!
Colorado, where I live with my husband and two young children, has been my adopted home for the past 11 years. But I grew up in Connecticut and am a Massachusetts native, which means the Boston Marathon is near and dear to my heart.
Running Boston while representing an organization that does so much to support members of the recovery community is a dream come true! I first heard about the Boston Bulldogs from my husband, Chuck, who is the Acting CEO of Sparking Life, a national non-profit organization that partners with the Bulldogs. I feel I am living proof of the transformational power that running can offer someone who has struggled with addiction. So I strongly believe that, if it worked for me, it can surely help others, too.
This year I will celebrate 18 years of sobriety, and running has played a key role in my journey. To be honest, I can’t tell you what exactly made me lace up my running shoes and head out the door for that first run at age 27. But I can tell you that once I started, I never stopped. Running became a new passion and my best friend during a transitional period in which I was figuring out how to exist without alcohol in my life.
Running was something that came easy to me and felt natural. It was uplifting to be good at something that was actually beneficial for me. I think that friends who know me now would be shocked to hear that I had never run before getting sober, because it is such an integral part of my daily lifestyle and who I am. Rain, snow, heat, rogue dogs, you name it . . . I’m out there pushing 75 pounds of offspring in my double jogging stroller at 7,000 feet elevation!
I rarely miss a day and don’t feel normal when I can’t fit-in my run. I can only imagine what my neighbors must think: “There goes that Crazy Stroller Lady again!” My husband, kiddos and yellow lab have all been running partners who encourage and support me. It’s just part of our lives.
I really wish that I could have had a supportive running community like the Boston Bulldogs when I was starting my journey. My father was my biggest fan during those early years. He always asked how my running was going, and loved cheering for me at 5K races. He was an Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor and gave back to the organization that helped him get sober. He passed away three years ago and had reached 30 years of sobriety. I know how proud he would have been to see me cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon for the Bulldogs Team. I will run in his honor and for the recovery community.
Fundraising for an organization that stands for everything I believe in is my way of giving back. I hope I can help the Bulldogs spread awareness, and even expand to other communities. I appreciate any contribution that you can make to help this amazing organization save lives.
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Thank you for joining me in support of wellness and recovery!