By Megan Palumbo & Shannon Hart – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
When the Boston Marathon first began in 1897, only 15 runners entered to race. Today, the infamous race includes nearly 30,000 participants. We all know at least one person that knows someone else rooting for a family member or friend throughout the day. On April 16, Lasell alumnus Sarah Andler will be running the Boston Marathon for the first time.
Andler, who graduated in 2013, now resides in the Boston area while she studies full-time at Suffolk University for a masters degree in advertising and public relations. She also works part-time in Public Relations at a software company called Progress.
During her time at Lasell, watching the marathon go through campus gave her that push to convince herself to run it now. “I think Lasell is what really got me to want to do it, just because we’re watching it every year, it was also such an event. It was really inspiring watching a lot of people, so I thought might as well give it a go,” said Andler.
Andler is running with Tufts Medical Center, and raising money for medical research and physician education. “I chose [Tufts] because of my family members who suffered with cancer in the past. They went through Tufts Medical Center for treatment, and they were very supportive and a great organization,” she said.
The most important thing she says is integrating her workouts with her daily routine–that’s the best way to get accustomed to the preparation work. In fact, Andler trains on the route of the marathon, allowing her to run by Lasell each day.
According to Andler, her coaches have completed more than 50 marathons and they credit yoga as being a key factor to effective training and preventing injury. “You have to stretch, do a lot of cross training, focus on your core, nutrition and what to eat before you run is a huge factor. Yoga is the best thing you can do for your body especially in training,” said Andler.
Running 26.2 miles requires a significant amount of mental and physical preparation, as well as managing nutrition. Every year, runners worldwide come together to make the journey from Hopkinton to Copley Square, the well-known Boston Marathon route.
“If you want to do it, you will do it and that’s the mental stamina I’ve gained over the years,” said Andler. “I think [the marathon] really unifies the city, and brings such a large population of people so much closer together. To be able to unify that through one event is huge, that’s why I really want to run it.”