Karyn Feinberg Clarke, 40, a financial advisor, lives in Southborough with her husband and two young daughters.
How many marathons have you run?
This is my first marathon.
Has this winter's weather affected your training routine??If so, what have you done to cope with it?
Because this is my first marathon and I’ve never trained for one before, I actually don’t know how it would be different training any other way. I used to only work out at the gym and would never go for a run outside, but after I had my kids, I quit the gym because I couldn’t find the time to go anymore. Then, last fall, I knew I had to get back into exercising, and I knew doing it while training for something so meaningful was the way I wanted to do it. Just running right out my front door and heading right back home has been the easiest way to get the exercise and training in. I have a training plan in place and I’ve found that as long as I’m dressed properly and have all of my warm layers on, the cold hasn’t bothered me much. I only run about three to four days per week and I’ve worked out around the snow schedules. The hardest part about this winter has been the ice on the roads and not having much of a sidewalk or shoulder to run on, but on those days, I just make sure I’m looking out for the cars even closer.
If you are fundraising, what organization are you raising money for? How much have you raised?
?I have raised about $5,200 so far?for Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Why are you running Boston this year??What does it mean to you?? ??
I am a mother to two beautiful little girls, wife to a great man and I am a hardworking financial advisor. I have devoted the last four years of my life to my little girls, marriage and work. Now, having turned 40 this past January, I decided to apply for an event that I have always dreamed about being a part of. I found two great causes to work for and help motivate me to get there. One is the Brigham and Women's Hospital, which does amazing research into life-giving breakthroughs to help predict, treat and prevent some of the deadliest diseases to save the lives of both our generation as well as our children's generation. The second is Boston Strong. I grew up in Dartmouth and have lived [in Massachusetts] my entire life, so there is a special place in my heart for Boston and the Boston Marathon. I want to show my support for this city in any way I can. About 26 victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year were taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and all left the hospital alive.
It is my heartfelt wish to raise $7,000 for this great hospital and all of the great work they do.
To support Karyn, visit her fundraising page: http://www.crowdrise.com/bwh2014bostonmarathon/fundraiser/karynclarke.