I'm running in the 117th Annual Boston Marathon to support the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts!

I recently went for a physical and for the first time, my “numbers” were elevated slightly above the
normal range. I knew I needed to make a
commitment to wellness as my sedentary job and current level of fitness weren’t working for me.

I decided to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to raise funds for
a worthy cause, help me get in better shape and to be a role model for my daughter. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is committed to offering health and wellness programs through the “Girl Scouts Get Moving Health Initiative” to educate girls on how to stay healthy and keep moving. The funds I raise will support this great
initiative and encourage girls to make positive choices and live a healthy lifestyle.

My daughter inspired me by joining her high school cross country team and getting the “most improved” designation. As soon as I completed the Marathon application, I started with a “couch to 5K program” so that I could have a milestone as I go from 0 miles to 26.2 miles in time for the Marathon.

Growing up, I participated in scouting as a Brownie and Girl Scout. Since then, I have supported Girl Scouts as a troop leader, cookie mom, and parent volunteer. My daughter and I share special memories of going to meetings, encampments and ceremonies.

My daughter and I went to Savannah, Georgia with her Girl Scout troop to visit the birthplace of Girl Scouts earlier this year. While there, we purchased the first handbook for Girl Scouts, How Girls Can Help Their Country, and read, “To make yourself strong and healthy it is necessary to begin with your inside...” Deciding to run the marathon and get my heart pumping was based on 100 years of tradition.

To earn the Girl Scout Health badge 100 years ago, you had to do the following:

Do not chew gum. eat no sweets, candy, or cake between meals for three months.

Drink nothing but water for a year (except tea, coffee, chocolate or cocoa).

Walk a mile daily for three months.

Sleep with open window.

Take a bath or rub all over with a wet towel daily for three months.

Running a marathon or earning a badge can be a challenge, just in a different ways. I’m excited to have a challenging goal, the support of Girl Scouts all around the area and a terrific team to train with!

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