I’m back, Boston!

The greatest race with the greatest people for the greatest cause.  That’s why I am running the 117th Boston Marathon this year.

After a brief hiatus, I’m back.  Last year I thought I’d change things up a bit and for the first time since I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2004 (and was not injured) chose to run a different spring marathon (or marathons as it turned out).  And although I remained involved and even trained with the team from the Alzheimer’s Association, I missed being a part of the big day, even if it was 90+ degrees.
So it was a no-brainer for me to decide I wanted to run the marathon in 2013, and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association yet again, in honor of my grandfather, Felix Iovino.  For me, this year’s race is all about having fun and raising a lot of money for an amazing organization.  
The having fun part will be easy.  I spent about 2 hours Saturday morning laughing with my running pal, Dale.  I didn’t stress about the headwind or the sometimes icy, unshoveled roads slowing my pace.  And to be honest, I felt great the whole run.
The fundraising will be the tougher part, but just as rewarding as crossing the finish line on April 15th.  As this January is the 8th anniversary of my grandfather’s death, I am pledging to raise $8000.  Donations to help me meet this goal can be made at http://alz.kintera.org/boston2013/runchrissyrun.
Looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead of me this winter.  And hoping for mild weather to get it all done!