Follow me as I train for the 2015 Boston Marathon. I am running on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Marathon Challenge team in memory of my mom, Patty Shields and my "In Memory" partner, Jonathan Smyth. Please visit my fundraising website: www.rundfmc.org/2015/amym
Monday, March 25, 2013
Let the TAPER begin!
I put 21 miles on the books yesterday.What a great feeling it was to come to a stop
after 3.5 hours of straight running.Trotting, really.Like I said
before, I am not fast.Tortoise, not the
hare.That begin said, with 20 days to
go, I am pretty much staring this race right in the face!
I will confess my fears here and now.This will be my 4th time in the
ring with the Boston Marathon and it is NOT easy.Running 21 miles yesterday reminds me of what
it feels like to “hit the wall.”Around
mile 18, my body just says, “That’s enough, thank you very much.”I am not built like a true runner that just
bounces and glides along, feet barely touching the ground.But what I am is determined and
committed.I push through those last 8
miles.It is torturous at times.I want to stop again and again.But finishing the race is the only option, so
I put one foot in front of the other.I
can almost hear the cheers and can envision the fans urging us along.That brings a smile to my face.
Yes, marathons are hard.I choose to do this one again and again because it make me feel great. The sense of accomplishment I feel when I turn
the corner toward the finish line is up there in my top ten best feelings
ever!But even more than that,
fundraising for Dana-Farber makes me feel amazing.In the past 4 years, I have raised over
$45,000 and counting!Please help me
cross the $50,000 mark!100% of your
donations go straight to innovative cancer research.You can’t beat that with a stick.
You will be hearing a lot from my in the next 20 days…thank
you to those of you who have already supported me.