My Why: Blair Peterson

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on October 31, 2019 # News, Team Reeve

The TCS New York City Marathon is days away! We have a full team this year ready to tackle 26.2 miles to raise funds and awareness for our cause. We reached out to our Team Reeve members to ask why they are participating in the marathon for the Reeve Foundation.

Blair Peterson

What inspired you to join Team Reeve?

YOU! But really, ha-ha. When I watched the marathon last year it was really a moving experience. It was something that the entire city comes out for and it's just a once in a lifetime experience. I had always thought running a marathon would be cool but was never seriously considering it. Once I saw last year's marathon, I was feeling inspired and decided to talk to you about joining Team Reeve. I knew If I was going to run, I wanted to run for a good and meaningful cause - both of which describe Team Reeve in every way possible.

What has been the hardest challenge that you have overcome?

I think training has been the hardest part. This is probably the obvious answer for most, but it’s really been the biggest change in terms of my lifestyle. There have been so many times where I would rather be getting drinks with friends or resting after work but knowing the reasons, I’m running really kept me motivated throughout the process. When I initially started training and looked at the training plan, I saw the weekends of longer runs and it honestly still seemed like this out of reach thing that was never actually going to happen. With just my 20-mile long run left, sometimes I still can't believe where I am - but the past few months have made me happier than I have been in a long time. I feel like I have a greater purpose and goal outside of going to work on a day to day basis.

What are you looking forward to the most on the day of the marathon?

SO many things. I get so excited yet so nervous thinking about it. Coach Mark told me that there would really be four surreal moments during that weekend - Picking up the bib, the luncheon, getting there before the race and then finishing. I cannot wait for all of those moments and getting to run through all five boroughs while so many New Yorkers cheer us on!

Remember to follow us on Instagram to follow our team on race day. There is still time to support the team!

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