Monday, March 18, 2013

Q&A with marathon runner Rachael Higgins

Rachael Higgins, running for Charlotte, age 17, sarcoma

Rachael Higgins, running for Charlotte, age 17, sarcoma

Q: What is your name?

A: Rachael Higgins

Q: Where are you from?

A: Rockport, MA

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?

A: I am a pediatric nurse on Ellison 17

Q: Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children?

A: One of my life goals has always been to run the Boston marathon, and since I work at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and take care of many of these patients, running on this team is something really special and meaningful for me.

Q: What kind of experience do you have as a runner?

A: I ran 2 half marathons before joining this team, which is the longest distance I have ever run before now.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: My patients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon?

A: For the 18 mile training run, Alexis Campelia and I ran 18 miles in the middle of a snowstorm. Nothing was really shoveled or plowed, so we were jumping through snow banks and dodging snow plows. It was crazy and by the end our feet were soaked and frozen but it was so awesome! I never thought I’d be able to run 18 miles, let alone 18 miles in a snowstorm!

Q: What have you learned about your patient partner and what makes her special?

A: Charlotte is the coolest and sweetest 16 year -old I know. She is beautiful, brave and resilient, and she inspires me both as a nurse and as a marathon runner!

Q: What are you most looking forward to about marathon day?

A: Passing the mile 20 mark, and of course crossing the finish line!

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