Meet Xtra Mile 2019 Boston Marathon Runner Sabrina Goebel
Sabrina Goebel grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts. Currently, she is a senior at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Up until this year, Sabrina played on Bentley’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Without lacrosse in her life anymore, Sabrina still enjoys fitness and working out. Which in turn allows her to continue living a healthy lifestyle. Sabrina has lived just 30 minutes outside of Boston her whole life. This past summer, she worked in the city and she has gone to school in the city for the last four years.
A motto that Sabrina chooses to live her life by is “Never stop setting goals for yourself to achieve.” As she grew up, she continued to set long-term and short-term goals. She found that over the years, continuing to set goals for herself helps to keep her motivated and also helps her stay in the right frame of mind.
Since she has played lacrosse for so many years, Sabrina understands the benefits that come with being a part of a team. The message that Special Olympics is trying to get across to people is exactly that according to Sabrina. Also, that despite what someone’s ability is, they should always be included and be able to feel like they are a part of a team. Sabrina got involved with Special Olympics through her dad’s involvement with the organization. Over the years, she has watched him fundraise and complete many Polar Plunges for Special Olympics Massachusetts and is part of what attracted her to this cause. In her opinion, Special Olympics allows every athlete the same opportunity that someone else would be offered, and she believes that being a part of a team is something that everyone should be able to be a part of and have the opportunity to do.
Sabrina has run long distance since her freshman year of high school when she started running cross country. She has never run a marathon before, let alone the Boston Marathon. She has, however, watched the Boston Marathon every year since she started studying at Bentley four years ago. Since she has decided to not play lacrosse this year after three years of playing at a college level, she decided to make it a goal to run this year’s Boston Marathon instead. Her dad and her uncle have both run the Boston Marathon before, so that also was a factor in her decision to run this year. In order to train to run the Boston Marathon, Sabrina is running three days a week as well as lifting the other two or three days during the week in which she is not running. Sabrina’s motivation to run when she doesn’t feel like running is knowing that she is running for a purpose and that it is a privilege to be able to run something as big as the Boston Marathon.