Racing in a Wheelchair for th First Time

By Ariel Jastromb

Alejandra Taco is wheelchair participant on the Boston Living Center’s Running for Life Marathon Team. As a holistic health and nutrition coach, Alejandra understands the importance of treating the body, mind and spirit just as the BLC does. This is Alejandra’s first marathon and she has chosen to raise money and support for the BLC. She is one among 22 participants on the BLC Marathon Team. The marathon will take place on Monday, April 19th.

1. What has your training schedule been like?

A: During the week I train indoors on an indoor roller, I wake up every morning at 5:45am train for two hours and then do yoga to help me stretch. Now that the weather is getting warmer I started to train outdoors during the weekends to get use to the road and hills. My dad has been helping me train and comes with me on my practice runs.

2. What is a typical day for you?

A. I’m starting my own practice as a holistic health and nutrition coach.  Right now I’m seeing 5 clients every two weeks. I enjoy creating new healthy recipes for my clients and family to try. I meditate once a week to keep me balance and practice yin yoga as well.

3. Have you ever done a marathon before?

A: No, this is my first one. I’ve always wanted to do one and the opportunity came along. I said if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it!

4. Why did you choose to run for the Boston Living Center?

A: I was looking to support a charity that I felt connected to. I visited the center and was amazed with the resources the BLC offers to the members to help them improve their health and quality of life.  The BLC is very welcoming and supportive to every member who needs a helping hand. I strongly believe that in order to thrive in life we need to have a supportive network specially when you are face with an illness like AIDS. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the loving support of my family and friends who see me for who I am and not for my disability.

5. What’s the best part about participating in the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair?

A: You get to go fast! Now that I’m training outside and driving the racer, going down hills is super exciting. I love anything that allows me to go fast, and having people cheer you on until the finish line. I feel that if I finish the marathon, I’ll be able to do anything.

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