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    Posted April 29, 2013 by
    elleole
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    Related to: Why I'm running for Boston
    CNN columnist John Sutter explains the origins of the Run for Boston movement and why he's pledging to run a marathon by April 2014.
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    My Dog, My Marathons

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Elle Napolitano took these photos of her beloved dog, Ole, wearing her running shoes. The first was in 2002, when Elle was going through tough times. The second photo is current, and represents progress, change, and inspiration. Ole used to be her running partner, and now that she is an avid marathoner, he still loves to wear her shoes. Elle finds solace in running, and felt compelled to share her positive story in the midst of tragedy. She says when she runs 'the world is strong and beautiful.'
    - Stephanie, CNN iReport producer

    I ran my first marathon in 2002 at the age of 42 and with the support of Team in Training. I had just gone through a divorce, and running gave me peace and revitalized my confidence. Back then, I took a photo of my dog Ole' (who was four years old at the time) wearing my running shoes. As a youngster, that dog joined me on long distance training runs, going up to 18 miles at a time. Eleven years later, I'm getting ready to run my 10th marathon (not to mention countless half marathons, 10 K's and an assortment of other runs) and Ole' is almost 16 years old. He is unable to train with me these days, but he still loves to watch me put on my running shoes and he greets me with unbridled joy when I return home. Every one of my training runs this year will be a prayer for Boston and for Sandy Hook Elementary School and for everyone who has ever felt lonely or afraid. I pledge to run my 10th marathon between now and April 2014.
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