I’m Running the Boston Marathon in 2012!

Yup, you read that right. I am running the 2012 Boston Marathon to raise money for Perkins School for the Blind! I am thrilled and terrified at the same time. Thrilled, because running a marathon is one of my life goals. And terrified, because – well, it’s a marathon!!

I’ve chronicled some of my races this year on this blog so some of you are familiar with how much I love the sport. I’ve ran eight races in 2011, including the Ras na hEireann 5K, Harpoon Brewery 5  Miler, Boston Run to Remember Half-Marathon, even the John Hancock Stair Climb. The last race I ran was the Tufts 10K in October, which was the most fun race I’ve ever ran. For the Boston Marathon, I’ll be posting monthly updates about my training – I’m doing Hal Higdon’s 18 week Novice program.

Of course this marathon is going to be extra special because I am part of Team Perkins, and I will be raising funds for something that is very near and dear to my heart. As some of you already know, one of my sisters graduated from Perkins School for the Blind.

I’ve also already written about my involvement with Perkins (2011 Taste of Perkins, A Taste of Italy at Towne, Vision 5K) but this will be my biggest endeavor to date. I’m asking for your support for Team Perkins.

This is my sister Monica, who graduated from the Perkins Deaf-Blind program

Monica is deaf-blind. She had rubella (German measles) when she was in the womb, with not just the accompanying complications of congenital cataract and profound deafness but also more serious heart defects that later caused encephalitis, which resulted in the right-side paralysis of her whole body.  So Monica is deaf, mute, blind, was partially paralyzed, and has had multiple heart and brain surgeries. But in spite of all of that, my sister remains to be one of the most cheerful, happiest, and smartest people I know.

Monica brightens up any room with her laugh and sense of humor. She and I have a lot in common; we both love the following things: strawberry ice cream, gummy bears, birthday cake, new clothes and shoes, getting mani-pedis, make-up (yup, she’s my sister alright), tickling, naps, baking cookies, and spending time with family. She is very inquisitive and loves hearing and telling stories, and she is very affectionate, always wanting to give gifts to family and friends.

In 2001, my parents, Monica, and my youngest sister Patty moved to Boston – so Monica can study at Perkins School for the Blind. At that time, in addition to her sensory and motor impairments, Monica had also developed behavioral problems like obsessive fixations and temper tantrums that could turn violent. Such challenges, however, did not deter the staff at Perkins in helping her receive high quality educational training, simultaneously allowing her to experience a more fulfilled life as an equal member in a welcoming community.  The Perkins faculty and staff treated my sister and all other students and alumni with care, compassion, and love. They helped her adapt to her circumstances and orient her learning experiences towards her development as an adult. Monica graduated from the Deaf-Blind program in 2005.

At Perkins, my sister has learned to prepare her own breakfast, write and mail letters, make new friends, dance in a prom, and work at a part-time job. These may be just ordinary activities for many people, but to Monica these are personal and social milestones.  These are the things I remember most about her time at Perkins, and the things I am most thankful for every time I think of that school. I always say that Perkins changed my sister’s life, and it changed my family’s life.

I love Monica with all my heart, and I dedicate this run to her. I’ve been running for a few years by now and I’ve always had all sorts of reasons for running: weight loss, fitness, an escape, a social sport. But now, running has become so much bigger.

I’m running a marathon for the first time, and I’m running it for my sister.

I am asking for your support in this endeavor – please sponsor me at the 2012 Boston Marathon! If you would be so kind as to donate some money, just visit my personal fundraising page and click the yellow “Donate” button on the upper right hand side. Any amount would help!

It’s going to be an amazing race for an amazing cause.


36 Responses to “I’m Running the Boston Marathon in 2012!”

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    Beth @Sailing Foodie posted December 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Bianca I couldn’t be prouder of you! What a great adventure you are embarking on and for such an amazing cause! Hopefully we can go on a few training runs and carbo-loading dinners together! Good luck and you have my support!

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    Simply Life posted December 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so exciting!!!

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    Jenn @ Frost Bites posted December 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Bianca…so proud that you will be running the Boston Marathon and for great reason(s). I will be following your journey all the way and will be here to support you!

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    Dan posted December 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    You’re nuts! Awesome. But nuts.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted December 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Yeah!! You got this. I’m jealous in a way :)

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    Alaina posted December 5, 2011 at 12:08 am

    That is so so cool Bianca!!! I know you will do an amazing job, and you will have your sister there with you every step of the way. :-)

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    Tracey posted December 5, 2011 at 12:26 am

    You go girl!!!! This is so amazing. I am sure you will do an amazing job!

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    MelissaNibbles posted December 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Good luck Bianca!

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    Alicia posted December 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

    What a wonderful motivation for your first Boston Marathon!! So excited for you – I hope you keep us updated on your training endeavors! I definitely plan to give – such a worthy cause!!
    Best of Luck!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted December 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Yay! I am so excited that we are both running! I hope we can train together some time!

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    Michelle posted December 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Congratulations, Bianca! I am so proud of you already!

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    Elizabeth posted December 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    That’s fantastic! Can’t wait to read about your training!

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices posted December 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    You are amazing and so is your sister! I know you will train so hard for this race because you have something to important motivating you! So proud of you! :)

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    Megan posted December 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I can tell your sister means the world to you and you’ll be running with your whole heart! Congrats!

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    Erica @ Inandaroundtown posted December 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Congrats! And for such a good cause, that will be fantastic and make getting up Heartbreak Hill a little bit easier.

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut posted December 6, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Congrats on your decision to run the Boston Marathon….what a great race to be your first marathon. I wish you luck on your training and your fundraising efforts. I am in the process of raising funds for an organization too, I’m running a half marathon in January 2012 with Team For Life. We are halfway thru our goals so we are happy with our efforts.

    I look forward to reading about your training. I too, wish I can run a marathon in the future.

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    Lauren posted December 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

    This is amazing – both that you’re running your first marathon (!!) and that you’re doing it for your sister and Team Perkins. Boston is an incredible race to be a part of on it’s own, and the fact that you are running for such a great cause will make it even more meaningful, I’m sure. Congrats on the decision and good luck with training!!

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday posted December 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    First of all, that was the most touching post ever! You sister sounds like an amazing person.
    Secondly, the Boston Marathon?? Wahoo! That is going to be the greatest experience of your life. I mean, it’s the Boston Marathon.
    Third, I would like to donate to you but I’ve tapped out of my 2011 budget for charitable donations. Can you e-mail me in the new year to remind me to donate?

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Samantha, thank you, and yes I will email you in the New Year! Happy holidays!

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    Daisy posted December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    you are amazing! and so is your sister. congrats on this endeavor!!

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    Megan posted December 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    AMAZING!!! GO YOU!!!

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    Heather posted December 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    That’s so exciting to be running Boston! And so touching that it’s for your sister. Are you going to document your training on the blog at all?

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Heather! Yes, I’ll plan to post monthly updates about my training :)

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    Joanne posted December 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I am SO excited for you, Bianca! Boston is SUCH a great race and I know it will mean that much more to you to run it for such a great cause. Just donated!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Dear Joanne, THANK YOU so much for donating!! It means a lot to me :) xoxo

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    Kim K posted December 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    bianca, this is so very exciting!!!! maybe i will join you on some of your runs!!!!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Kim! I am a much slower runner than you though, so if we run together that will have to be my speed/tempo workout hehehe

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    Lizzy posted December 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    So proud of you!!!! I think that is so great, hope you document the training on the blog. The one thing I will add from my experience is running three days in a row can lead to injury. I’m a big fan of running 3 days a week for your first marathon so you don’t run two days in a row. But if you want to do the 4th day, maybe do T-Th-S and Monday….email me if you have any questions!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks coach Lizzy! :) I would love to just run 3 times a week, especially since I am so injury prone. I will def email you with training questions soon!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted December 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    What a wonderful post and so exciting!!!

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    Taryn posted December 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This is so great, congratulations! What a special opportunity, and such a wonderful cause. My brother’s been dealt a difficult hand in life somewhat like your sister, so I can imagine how fantastic this will feel to you to complete in her honor, and how proud everyone involved and around you will be. So awesome!

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    Lee posted December 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats! What an awesome opportunity.

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    shannon posted December 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Congrats!! Such a great cause, too, it will definitely provide extra strength through the tough spells :)

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted December 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us. This is amazing. I will definitely be donating to your team very soon :) Good luck with training. I love Hal Higdon’s programs!

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    Kerstin posted December 13, 2011 at 1:35 am

    So inspirational!! Congrats and I hope all your training goes well!

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