COUNTDOWN TO BOSTON – 1 WEEK!!
One of Indianapolis’s most dedicated non-res runners is running the 2012 Boston Marathon to support Back on My Feet! Running Boston has always been a dream of Kelli’s and she is making it happen this year! We are honored that she has chosen to run for BoMF and are equally excited about her adventure!
We recently had a small fundraiser to help Kelli achieve her monster goal of raising $7,200. Thank you to all of our runners who came out to run with Kelli and support her in her efforts. We will be highlighting Kelli throughout the week to keep everyone up to date on what she’s been up to in the training process. Kelli has stayed faithful to blogging about her training and experiences with BoMF along the way.
After each run, we always “circle up.” This means that we all put our arms around each other to form a big circle. It doesn’t matter if you’re sweaty. We’re all sweaty. This morning when we circled up, we found out that Shane had just celebrated 90 days of sobriety. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around 90 days. I know it’s eternity for Shane and that he has worked really hard for this accomplishment. But 90 days also makes me think about how recently he was not sober. Just three months ago Shane was in a very different place in his life. I am so glad that he is doing well and that he has come so far. I hope his next 90 days are as successful.
In the circle, Dave also said a few words to remind us why we’re here and what we’re doing. (This is what I’m talking about! Team Leader! Someone giving a talk!) Dave reminded us that the holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those who are in recovery from addiction. The holidays are about family and gathering and eating, drinking and being merry. For a lot of the guys, their addictions cost them their families. The holidays can be a harsh reminder of what they no longer have. Additionally, there are temptations to celebrate at every turn, so it can also be a time with a lot of triggers for the guys who may feel an urge to return to old behaviors. I thought it was awesome of Dave to draw the attention of non-res members, like me, to things that are going on in the lives of our res members right now. Things like this don’t necessarily occur to non-res members, and res members don’t necessarily feel comfortable bringing it up. Dave made a great point by saying that tough times, like the holidays, are why our group exists. We’re here to help and support each other, to hold each other accountable and form relationships that transcend these challenges. Love. It. – Kelli Morin
Are you interested in supporting Kelli? Check out her fundraising page!