April 14, 2015

Training Tuesday: Dear Alison, Boston is our victory lap

Dear Alison,

In less than a week, we will lace up our running shoes for our biggest race ever.  I am both excited and petrified at the same time.  Yes, we spent time on Heartbreak and the other Newton hills more than once during training. Coach Sami has put me through a rigorous training plan and I know my body is ready.  But the mental challenge of the Boston Marathon will be tough.  Having you at the start will help calm me down and of course the running all along the course will be much more special with you by my side.


Because we don't have a time goal in mind, hopefully this day can be about all the special moments, reliving memories of all the areas in Natick, Newton, Boston and most of all Wellesley, the town where we grew up.  Walking home in our ice skates, trips to the Community Playhouse, walking to SS Pierce to buy a cake for Mom's birthday and bringing it home in a red wagon! It will be so much fun to see many of our family members at the corner of Forest Street and then further along the course towards the finish line on Boylston Street.  We definitely need to save some energy for the last push!

You have always been such a huge supporter of me, from coming to help with Christine as a baby when you were the doting Godmother to all those Christmas' I hosted and you were the superb sidekick in the kitchen.  There are so many things I could not have accomplished without your support and love.  Now we have a special day coming and I want you to enjoy this day so much.  As a selfless individual, you always give to everyone else, but now is your time to shine.  It is a victory lap that I am so excited to share with you.  But please be patient, as your running ability puts you in front of your "little" sister.  I promise to do my absolute best on race day and plan to grab your hand as we cross the finish line.  It will be so much fun to take that Right on Hereford Street and left on Boylston as we complete the biggest race of our lives.

Thanks for sharing this with your little sis.  Can't wait for next Monday!
love you,  Pam

23 comments:

  1. Oh Pam, this was so beautiful! This is really going to be a special race for you and Alison and I am so glad that you are going to be able to share the experience with each other - and especially running through your hometown! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  2. This was so beautiful and heartwarming. Go go get 'Em Pam and Allison! You are two amazing sisters!

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  3. This is so beautiful Pam! You two are going to have the race of your lives!

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  4. This was beautiful.... and now I'm crying (in the lobby of the YMCA no less). :) So excited for you to share this with your sister! Cant wait to see you/ meet you on Thursday!

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  5. What a beautiful letter to your sister! I hope you two have a spectacular race next Monday! I love that you two will get to share this experience together.

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  6. So beautiful. I'm crying. Glad you both get this memory for a lifetime.

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  7. Awww-this made me tear up. You both are going to do awesome because you are doing this together as sisters!! Family rocks!!

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  8. This was so sweet! It is such a special thing that you guys are going to be able to share this amazing experience :) I'll be cheering for you guys from afar on Monday.

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  9. Such a sweet letter Pam. I can't imagine how incredible this experience is going to be for both of you! Soak up every minute of it and have a great race!

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  10. Such a beautiful letter! How incredible that not only will you get to run Boston, but that you'll be doing it with your sister! It's going to be an AMAZING experience. So thrilled for both of you!

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  11. Crap, now I'm crying at work. Go get'em ladies! And salute the heavens when you go by that Citgo sign for me for my born and raised Mass. dad! #GoSawx

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  12. i love this-such a sweet letter! I can't wait to watch you and Alison rock it next week!

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  13. I love this, so sweet and beautifully put!
    I will be cheering from you both from afar!!!!

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  14. Chills. This is such a sweet note! You and your sister seem to have such a beautiful relationship. I'm so excited for you both! <3

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  15. This brought a tear to my eye! Having had my sister run this race brought back the emotions I know she was feeling as she embarked on the "biggest" race of her life. Lacey and I are so excited for you Pam. I can imagine this brings on so many emotions, not only because it's the Boston marathon, but because you are running with your sister and you are running through where you grew up! Best of luck to both of you!

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  16. Love that you get to do it together! It's going to be an amazing race.

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  17. Woohoo, love that you two are in it together.

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  18. Beautiful. I have an older sister. I get it. Best of luck to both of you.

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  19. How very sweet. Have a great time at the race!

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  20. Awww... Best of luck to you both, I'll be cheering you on from NH!!! --------- Denise

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  21. Pam - such a sweet letter! Will be rooting for you both on Marathon Monday.

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  22. awwww i'm so excited for you both!!! can't wait for monday!

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