I have been an athlete my entire life. I have played on many teams and competed in many games and now I am challenging myself. My first year at Merrimack College was a great challenege for me. I had to walk away from soccer and basketball which had been my passion for my whole life. I was lost and dying to compete but didn't have anything to compete for. Then, one beautiful day in the spring of 2017 I decided to go on a run with my roomate and I found my new passion. I loved to run. Ever since that day I have been competeing with myself to be the best that I can be. All summer I ran almost every day and every weekend my dad and I would do a long run no matter what. My Dad is one of the reasons why I am beginning this journey and he continues to motivate me every day. In the summer of 2017 I ran my first ever 5.2 mile road race in Brewster, MA. The weekend after that my dad and I went to Falmouth and participated in the 2017 Falmouth road race. I placed 8th out of 333 in my age group and I was ecsatic. This gave me a confidence boost so I signed up for the 2017 Harwich Cranberry Half Marathon. On October 1st, 2017 I ran the half marathon and my dad ran the 10K. I placed 4th overall female with a time of 1:34:44 and my Dad placed third in his age group. Ever since that day running a marathon has been in the back of my mind with the ultimate goal of qualifying for Boston. I'm currently training for another half marathon in May and now fundraising for the Chicago Marathon 2018.
Heart disease is the number one killer in America. It has been persisant in my family for years and directly effected me when my Gram had a heart attack and when my Papa had to undergo quadruple bypass surgery this past summer. With the advances that the American Heart Association has made, treatement and recovery for my Gram and Papa were both an overwhelming sucesss. Every mile that I run is a step closer to the completion of my personal journey to 26.2 but thanks to your donation it will also be a step closer to heart health in America.