Last year, I was given the honor to run my first marathon, the 2014 Boston Marathon, on behalf of Samaritans, Inc. I blogged weekly throughout the training process, as my teammates and I increased our distance through an unusually cold and snowy Boston winter. It was a highly challenging and uplifting experience, filled with tendinitis strife, single-digit temperatures, teammate bonding, and mostly just a lot of fun and a sense of accomplishment. I surpassed my original $10,000 fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and coworkers. I did also manage to break my left big toe two weeks before the race, and never actually got to run it. It was a sizable emotional setback, and I spent most of the spring and summer resting and serial-dating Somerville's finest lads while waiting for my stubbornly slow bones to heal. It's a little crooked and may never fully be able to curl again, but my most hated little joint can do its job again. Despite finding my running fitness a little on the weak side after a particularly restful summer, I have decided I am ready to try again, and thankfully Samaritans will have me once more.
From now until April 20th, 2015, I will be training daily and organizing fundraising events as I prepare to go the distance for suicide prevention! My fundraising page can be found at <http://www.crowdrise.com/Samaritans2014BostonMarathon/fundraiser/carrieasselin>.