Summer 2006 Profile
A decade ago, when he was only in his mid-forties, Larry had a heart attack while shoveling snow. Prompted by the attack, Larry became more active—running and walking and working out on a NordicTrack four times a week. But over time, he lost these healthy habits. His college-bound daughter encouraged him to join Team NOVA. Larry is eager to get back into the routine of exercise, but he's somewhat apprehensive about whether his body will be able to handle the stresses of running 26.2 miles. His wife and parents worry, too.
Larry's Race Results & Update
Are you still running, four months later?
What else has stayed with you?
What it all meant
In all those years of watching I was awed by the elite runners as they went by, but I felt the most admiration for the ones who struggled up the Newton Hills, long after the elites had passed, and somehow kept themselves going. I'm very grateful to NOVA and to Tufts for the opportunity to do something I may never have tried on my own.
This experience showed me in a new way how important attitude and the support of others can be in achieving a goal that seemed impossible at the start. Setting the bar high and having the example and encouragement of my teammates helped me find resources inside myself I wasn't sure I had. Each runner gave me inspiration. Don's unflagging optimism outlasted my doubt. I started believing him! My family and friends nourished my commitment, and they stayed excited for me even when my own excitement flickered.
I was amazed to discover how much my mind influenced my experience of pain and weariness or of strength and endurance. I learned in a very concrete and immediate way how powerful self-talk can be. I learned that it is possible for ME to run a marathon, and to run a marathon after a serious heart attack. And I was reminded that taking on and accomplishing something BIG like this feels really, really good.
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