The Boston Marathon is coming up on April 17! AMTA member Collette Wilson is running the Boston Marathon with Team Massage Therapy Foundation - Running for Research to bring awareness to the benefits of massage and massage research funding.
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Get to Know AMTA's Runner Collette Wilson
How is training going for the Boston Marathon?
I will not sugar-coat things. As the weeks go by in my training and my mileage is going up, it is a real struggle for me. I am embracing the struggle and accepting it as growth. Each week now is unchartered territory for me because I am reaching distances that I never have before.
With the support and guidance of my training team, I am keeping my eye on the prize. I am looking at April 17 as a day of celebration for all of the hard work and challenges that I will continue to push through. Each day that I am training, I think of all of the people who have supported me physically, mentally and financially, and that gets me through.
What motivated you to sign up for this marathon and fundraising experience?
This past year has been a tragic one for my family and me. In May 2016, our 15 year old son was killed in a motor vehicle accident. As you can imagine, I became paralyzed. Soon I was back on all medications and was finding it difficult to put one foot in front of the other. Without the support and love that I received so strongly from my AMTA family, I don't know where I would be today.
Those same "crazy runner friends" that I told you about? They were able to help me in ways only they knew. They knew that I needed a "project" - something that I could hyper-focus on. All I knew is that there was no getting over the pain that I continue to feel every day, but I did need to find a way to move through it. I had two choices - go to bed or keep moving. This is when I made the commitment to begin training for my first marathon.
With help, support, and encouragement from so many, I decided to apply for the opportunity to participate in the John Hancock Marathon Program through the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF). It made sense. What better way to give back to so many who have had a hand in making my life (personally and professionally) a better one? I love raising money for MTF, and this opportunity presented itself at the perfect time.
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