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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Related to: Why we're running for Boston
    iReporters share stories with CNN's John Sutter about why they're pledging to run marathons and other races in response to the Boston bombings.
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    2015 Boston Marathon

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    Persevering for Boston!

    I started off my first marathon and running career as a trial, signing up only five days prior to race day in December 2012. Tons of people doubted that I would even finish and thought it was crazy to begin, however I completed that marathon in 4 hours 21 minutes. I didn’t read running articles, take advice from personal trainers, or even train in a pair of shoes for the recommended amount of time conventional wisdom would advise runners on. That proved to me and many others that running a marathon is indeed 85% mental and requires strong determination, enthusiasm, and focus. Since that first race, I ran the North Shore Marathon in Hawaii during the same weekend as the Boston bombings and came in third within my age group. Since then, I pledged to run one race and I completed four:

    Kona Marathon in Kona, Hawaii- June 2013
    Jamba Juice 5K Run- Honolulu, HI-May 2013
    41st Honolulu Marathon- December 2013
    The Great Aloha Run- February 2014

    I have committed to some form of training
    five days a week since then and running has transformed my life in many ways. In addition to its’ physical benefits, it has changed my outlook, increased my mental focus and perseverance in all my endeavors, and caused me to become more involved in charitable work.

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