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“I’m really looking forward to seeing the people on the course and can’t wait to be on the streets of Boston again,” said Goldberg.
The Nahant resident started running partly by chance. Goldberg’s sister-in-law is a board member of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB).
“Twelve years ago, unexpectedly, they had an extra number for a fundraising runner, and (she) asked me if I wanted to run,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg had little time to prepare as the opportunity presented itself 12 weeks before the race. She said she had no plans to run a marathon until this point. Over the years, Goldberg has been able to learn a lot about some of the work that MAB does for the visually impaired community.
“They just do a lot of really good work and I really couldn’t think of a better charity worthy of my attention for the race,” she added.
As the Nahant resident is a seasoned marathon runner, she is an expert on what makes running special and why it keeps it coming back.
“There is nothing in the world like Boston,” Goldberg said. “If you’re lucky enough to be able to run the Boston Marathon, no matter what, you should take that opportunity because it’s a world class event and it’s emotional, and it’s supportive. just part of something bigger when you run Boston and it’s exceptional. “
A marathon can have both a physical and a mental impact on a runner. It’s not something everyone can participate in, let alone finish.
While Goldberg has said that there are several strategies, it all comes down to one thing for her.
“I would say the most important thing is to be stubborn. That’s it,” she said. “You just have to be stubborn. You’re not going to get away with this if you aren’t stubborn.
“Even if your training wasn’t good, you’re going to get there. You’re going to get to the end somehow. You’re going to do what you said you were going to do.”
If you would like to donate to help Goldberg reach his goal, please visit his fundraising website. (https://www.givengain.com/ap/ellen-goldberg-raising-funds-for-massachusetts-association-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired-37073/).