2021 #RunningForResearch: Shari Aldrich
Posted:Friday, August 27, 2021
I am so excited to be a member of the Massage Therapy Foundation #RunningForResearch Boston Marathon Team. Running changed my life in 2004, when I woke up with a dream to train for – and run – the Seattle Marathon. Over the course of training, I received my first massage and my life has never been the same.
At the time, I was an IT Director and was supporting 150 computers in 10 offices and 2 states by myself – and the president of the company refused to get me any help. I was taking between 10-12 ibuprofen every day dealing with headaches and stress. I thought I would die before I was 40.
I had good reason to believe that… my brother died in 1997 at 36 years old from a stroke; my mom died in 2000 at 59 years old from Lung Cancer; and my older sister died in 2004 from a head-on collision at 39. I was so scared that I would die early.
When I made that decision to run the marathon, that was me claiming my life and saying I would live past my 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and far beyond. Running and massage saved me.
My goal with the Massage Therapy Foundation is to bring those 2 passions together – to run to bring awareness of the foundation and its great work, and to raise funds to show support.
As a massage school owner, I believe it is my responsibility to educate my students and the public about massage therapy. I am excited be to able to run in Boston – at the intersection of running and massage.
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