On April 15, 2013, terrorist attacks hit the Boston Marathon, which killed 3 people and injured an estimated 264. The stories were heartbreaking, but as is the case with adversity, it's how one survives Since 2013, the Boston Marathon continues to run every year on April 18th (which is known as Patriots Day, commemorating the anniversaries of the Battle of Lexington and Concord). Although there are many stories that emerged from this tragedy, we are rooting for Adrianne Haslet-Davis who is not only a survivor but is returning to the 120th running of this race after sustaining injuries from the tragic race day.
Athleisure Mag applauds her courage and determination that Adrianne has shown, as she continues to live her life to the fullest without limitations is such a universal story. We took a moment with Adrianne to talk about all things #AdrianneStrong from her training, how she prepares, her playlist and Limbs for Life!
ATHLEISURE MAG: How has the training and preparation been for the upcoming Marathon?
ADRIANNE HASLET-DAVIS: Training has been both challenging and rewarding. Since I wasn't a runner before, I was going into it with an open mind and eager to learn. This allows for the small celebrations along the way, and more happy dances! Yet the challenge was using the blade itself. It took a lot of patience, and learning to lift my left knee high, getting back up after many falls, and finally able to run over cobblestones and curbs!
AM: Everyone has a reason for running a marathon, whether it's participating, placing and/or finishing - what is your focus/reason for running this race?
AHD: My focus since putting on the blade and hitting the pavement on day one is the same as it is now, Just try it. Try to be brave enough to hit that first curb, try to increase my stride, try to kick asphalt every time. Sometimes just showing up for a run and completing it is enough. My reason for running is simple; I run for those who cannot. There are 200,000 amputees and growing int his country and so many of them do not have prosthetics. I run to raise money for Limbs for Life to give limbs to those who cannot afford them. So they, too, can dream big, walk their child to school, stand upright to kiss someone, and return to life again.
AM: At Ted X St Louis Women, you focused on Tales of a Recovering Perfectionist - how has that process shaped how you see and do things now?
AHD: Oh goodness, I still am a recovering perfectionist! I am reminded of this daily when I try something new, or even re-visit something I have done before. I remind myself that while pushing myself to do my best is important, my best, whatever that may be, is enough. I let the space between where I am and where I need to be to inspire me.
AM: In preparation for the Boston Marathon, how do you mentally prepare to be there?
AHD: I have pictured the day every time I run. What will it be like to wake up that morning, take the ride into Hopkington, hit that start line, and go. I have tried countless times while running, for every reason possible. I mentally prepare by knowing that it is the journey, not the destination. That every step is another accomplishment.
AM: What has running taught you beyond the health benefits that it provides?
AHD: Running has taught me to let go of daily habits that keep us indoors or behind a screen. I thought at first, “I don’t have time to train!” Yet I looked at my habits and thought, I can spend less time on my
phone, computer, and I can even run while I am traveling. No excuses.
AM: After a run, what do you enjoy doing?
AHD: After my run, I sit and meditate. Before turning on gadgets and checking emails, social media, I just sit in silence. I think about the run, what I accomplished, those that cannot run, and how it is all for them.
AM: How do you achieve balance as you have your hands in a lot of projects and being able to take time for yourself is important?
AHD: Time to myself is key. I find the days that are most stressful to me are when I do not take an hour or two in the middle of the day to myself. If that happens, I get very stressed and overwhelmed. I love being busy and feel very fortunate to have the opportunities that I do to get my hands in so many projects. Yet sleep and a moment in the day to myself are number one priorities for me. If I have those, I can conquer anything!
AM: What is on your playlist right now (top 3 songs) and will you be listening to a playlist for the Boston Marathon, if so what is on that list?
AHD: I have had the opportunity to speak with some radio stations that will be along the route. They have asked the same thing and will play a few of my favorites while I pass! My top songs are Matangi by M.I.A., Brave by Sara Bareilles, and Fight Song by Rachel Platten. I’m also a fan of my go to Shipping up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys!
AM: Tell us about #AdrianneStrong as well as Limbs for Life.
AHD: #AdrianneStrong is my team name, filled with friends who will be running this year with me raising money for Limbs for Life. I have worked with them for years. It is an organization that provides limbs for those that cannot afford them. They give back hope, life, and dreams to so many. Imagine not being able to stand upright to kiss your love or walk your child to school. They give that back. Amputees are not broken. We are simply missing pieces, and Limbs for Life gives that back.
AM: What's next after the Boston Marathon and what projects will you tackle that we can keep an eye out for?
AHD: After the Marathon, I will continue my work with Limbs for Life, until every amputee has a limb. I will also dance at an event for the Felix Organization, called Dance this Way and I will again enter competitive dancing as well.
Follow Adrianne @AdrianneHaslet on race day!
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