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    Posted November 22, 2013 by
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    My Run for Boston


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Loribrainard started running in 2004, but a lack of a training plan and minor injuries led to many hiatuses from the sport. Brainard grew up in the Boston area and it the Boston marathon bombing that inspired her to sign up for her first race.

    While training for her race, the 46-year-old battled through shin splints, plantar fasciitis and even a swollen knee from falling down stairs because of her tired legs. “Through the course of the day, the tight muscles, the little aches and pains, remind me that I'm alive. I learned that it's awesome to do something and to love doing it even though you are terrible at it.”

    She completed the Marine Corps 10K in Washington on Oct. 27, 2013, but she has vowed to keep running. Her inspiration comes from her mom, who passed away at 62. “She always wanted me to do better than she did, to go farther than she did. So I decided to take that literally -- better and farther,” said Brainard of her decision to start running in her 30s.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    My Run for Boston (in my Red Sox shirt!) was the Marine Corps 10k in October. My first race. I had been running casually for a few years but never followed a consistent training plan and was always sidelined by some minor injury or other, leading to several long hiatuses. This time I followed a training plan and loved every minute-- even the pain (shin splints, plantar fasciits, swollen knee from falling down stairs...twice)!  When I told my 5 year old son I had signed up for the race he asked if I was going to win. In the end, I got to tell him I came in 4264th place and made my best time-- 1:08:14  So grateful for all the support, encouragement and tips from the folks on the Facebook MCM Marathon and 10K page. Just signed up for a 10 miler!

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