Julie Mizrahi is taking her fight to the streets.
Roads of Massachusetts which 126. makes a 26.2-mile course ofth Boston Marathon, that is.
Mizrazi, a Waltham resident, is Brandeis’s intramural sports coordinator, a position she has held for the past seven years. Soon after joining the Brandeis staff in 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2019, after her initial diagnosis, the cancer came back and had spread to her lungs. In 2022, she has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of Julie’s best remedies to help fight cancer. After learning that his cancer had returned, he started running. He fell in love with the activity so much, he turned 30. But vowed to run a half-marathonth birthday, which she successfully did in 2020.
“My active lifestyle helps me stay healthy and feel good,” Julie said. “They call me a unicorn, because the medicine I’m taking [an oral chemotherapy], Many people feel very bad very often. For me, there are only one or two days in a month like this.”
Running a marathon is something Julie has always thought about, but she wasn’t sure. The Half-Marathon Was One Thing, But Doing It Twice? But his inspiration came last October, when the COVID-postponed 2021 Boston Marathon was run.
“Someone in my metastatic breast cancer group attended Boston in the fall, and that really inspired me,” Julie said. “Dana Farber has a lot of people who are in treatment for different types of cancer that go on. We can still push ourselves.”
Seeing her friend and discussing the opportunity with the department’s marathon specialist Cat Page, Julie thought the time was now. She applied for the Dana Farber Cancer Center to join the marathon team. He got a spot, and the rest is history.
“I knew that if I was going to run the marathon, it would have to be Boston, and it would have to support Dana Farber,” Julie said. “The motivation was to raise money for cancer research. It’s in my hometown, I know where to run to train, I have Kat as my running mate. And finally, if you’re going to run a marathon If so, Boston is going to do that.
Julie has been running consistently since her half-marathon a few years ago, but nothing comes close to training for a full marathon. As a meticulous planner, she worked with Page to create a training regimen that would prepare her for the full 26.2-mile experience: three runs a week, two short and one long that increased as the marathon approached. It has been, at least until then, the time to dwindle over the past few weeks.
“It helps me see on paper!” Julie said.
Julie doesn’t know if this will be a one-time occurrence or if she’s actually caught the marathon bug. The half-marathon she ran a few years ago seems better to take off her distance itch. “On those long training runs, in my head I’m saying to myself, ‘You’re not doing this again!’ But you feel amazing after running. Who knows how I’ll feel after Boston?”
Julie’s friends will be looking in cities from Ashland to Wellesley to Brighton. His family is coming to town from California to encourage him on the route and in the last row.
“Really to be on this historic course, drive it,” Julie said. “I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity.”
To follow Julie’s progress at the 2022 Boston Marathon, plug bib #24073 into the Boston Marathon app. If you’re on the course, she’ll be wearing a light blue Dana Farber Marathon Team Singlet with a name pink and a neon yellow shirt underneath.
To donate to support Julie’s fundraising efforts on behalf of Dana Farber, visit http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/juliemizraji.