Sherée Dunwell is running her sixth marathon for Team MMP! Her fundraising efforts over the years have brought in more than $50,000 to support empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts.
Here is a message from Sherée:
I am thrilled and truly honored to be running my sixth Boston Marathon for Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP)! During my time as a member of team MMP, I have discovered so much about myself. I am so grateful for what this experience has brought me in my life: a sense of purpose, a sense of self and a reason to give to those around me. I would love nothing more than to surpass any goal I have ever had this year and make this bib number worth as much as possible for this incredible organization.
Sherée also recently answered a few questions as she prepares for the marathon on April 18th. Check out her answers below!
Do you have a compelling story behind your motivation to run the Boston Marathon?
When I made the decision to run my very first Boston Marathon back in 2010, I was 25 years old, extremely overweight and had never run a mile in my entire life. I had a hard time just walking up the stairs, to be perfectly honest. But at that point in my life, I had lost my job, I was unhealthy and I was desperate to feel something positive in my life. A lot of people thought I was nuts. "Why don't you just start small?" they would ask. Running the marathon, for me, was so much more than a race. It was a way for me to challenge myself to do something seemingly impossible and see just how much I was made of.
What is the biggest obstacle you have encountered thus far in your training? How did you overcome it?
I would have to say time would be the biggest obstacle this year. While my full-time career has become more demanding, my part-time career as a singer has also begun to take off this last year, so the time has not been as abundant as it once was for this process!
What keeps you going on a long run when you want to give up?
What helps me to push on is knowing the disappointment I would feel within myself if I made the choice to give up and quit. I remind myself that while it's not always easy, the pain is temporary, but the satisfaction of knowing that you have set out to do something and truly completed the task is the best gift you can give yourself.
What does endurance mean to you?
Endurance, for me, has nothing to do with speed. It has nothing to do with strength. For me it has everything to do with the heart. If you want something badly enough, you will endure through to the end.
You can help Sherée reach her goal of raising $10,000 this year and support MMP's work by donating here. Thank you for your support!