In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston on April 16, 2018.
Name: Louise Lloyd Owen
Bib #: 30634
This year I’m running my first Boston and first marathon. I’m running for the Brigham and Women’s Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Foundation for Trauma Innovation.
Five years ago, Boston was changed forever. As I stood feet away from the finish line, I had no idea that the events of that day would change my life. For weeks, I found myself replaying what had happened that day in my head. It had been the scariest day of my life. Over the next few months turned years, I found comfort in following the inspiring stories of people who had been critically injured and were fighting every day to regain their strength and their ability to walk again.
Five years later, I wanted to do something special to commemorate the city and the strength that was exposed in the months after that horrible day. My boyfriend has run Boston before and has been incredibly supportive during training season — he’s actually running the marathon, too! I would be lying if I said running came easily to me — training has been difficult (came down with pneumonia and have a knee injury — can’t catch a break!), but it’s been the most rewarding experience of my life. And in rain or shine, I will cross that finish line on April 16th because I am #BostonStrong.
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