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Amy Mack
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Waiting for Inspiration
Over the course of my six seasons on the DFMC team, I have made an effort to communicate frequently with my contact list of donors. This list is filled with family, friends--new and old, work colleagues--past and present, friends’ of family, friends’ of fri...

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Because I Can
Running the Boston Marathon on the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team for the past 5 years in memory of my mom, Patty Shields and my buddy, Jonathan Smyth has added so much depth and meaning to my life.  Year after year, I lace up my sneaks right before Ch...

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It is hard to believe that the Boston Marathon was over a
week ago.   Monday of last week, I was
standing nervously in Wave 3, Corral 9 awaiting an 11 am race start.   I had just hugged my Dad and Regan for the
last time before I set out to finish what I ha...

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It's Time
20 years ago this week, I came from college after getting the call from my Dad that it was “time.”  Mom was home with us, resting in a hospital bed in the living room.  Dear friends and family filled the house.  There were a lot of stories, a lot of laughs ...

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Boston College: My experience
After my graduation from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High
School in 1990, I started my college career at Boston College.   It wasn’t without great debate.   I had my heart set on a university that I
didn’t get into.   Then, I sent my deposit
to another univers...

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Praise You.
This year will be the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death.   Amazingly enough, it falls on the same day as the 2014 Boston Marathon--April 21st.   Over the past 20 years, I have had many instances when I feel certain that my mom is present.   Too many to cou...

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All Running...All of the Time
A friend just asked me what I was doing this weekend.   My answer—running.   Really, that’s about it.   Oh, and napping.   I am in the
thick of my training.   Every weekend for
the next few weeks, I will be running back-to-back long runs.   This weekend, I ...

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The Thing About Goals...
Goals are important.  They keep us moving forward.  When training for a marathon, I like to break the ultimate goal (26.2 miles) in to 18 weeks of smaller goals.  Over time, the weekly mileage increases to condition us for race day.  I keep a print out of m...

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Three treadmill workouts in a row.  Truly dreadful.  The “dreadmill” (props to my friend Dawn for that moniker).  This winter is KILLING ME!  It is supposed to be WARM this weekend (if you call 40s warm), so I will get outside and finally get in some outdoo...

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After The Apocalyspe
This past week has been a challenge.  Due to an ice storm, my family lost power, heat and hot water for 3 full days.  Kids were out of school for three days.  Scrambling to get to work.  Strategizing how to even get a shower.  Running has not been on the to...
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