I am both honored and humbled to be part of the 2021 Bulldogs Marathon Team. On some days, I’m still in disbelief that I will be running a marathon, let alone the Boston Marathon.
A few years back, I found myself living a destructive lifestyle, addicted to drugs, and feeling empty and alone on the inside. As things got worse for me, I ended up in a situation that landed me in jail for several months. The consequences to my actions were not easy for me, or my family. I was given a gps bracelet to wear around my ankle for 3 years which controlled alot of my life and how I could live it. After struggling a little longer with how to get clean and turn my life around, I woke up in the hospital and knew in that moment, I had to make some drastic changes if I wanted to live. From that day forward, I have yet to look back.
I came to the Boston area for treatment, where I was determined to live a better life. Just two months into treatment, I was told about the Boston Bulldogs Running Club. I showed up on a cold February morning to run, yet quickly found out I was joining something much larger than just a running club. I was welcomed into a community of people who were working on both their recovery and trying to improve their overall wellness. I also met members who have been impacted by addiction, who were so supportive and continue to inspire me to do better. Ever since that first Saturday run, my life began to rapidly change for the better. I got more involved with the mission, learned how to practice our 3 principles, and discovered what it meant to really be a Bulldog. With Coach’s help, I began doing a lot of internal work on myself and found the kind hearted warrior inside of me.
Currently, I am free from the gps bracelet and I continue to move forward with my life. I am part of the club's leadership team, a graduate of the full circle program, and most importantly, no longer feeling empty or alone inside. It is both an honor and privilege to be running for the Bulldogs.
This year, I will run in remembrance of my good friend who we lost to addiction. I can still remember the days we would talk about someday running one together. So on October 11th, 2021, this one for you.
I would be super grateful for any support you can give towards my mission of running 26.2.