Athlete Profile – May 2017
Name: Martha M.C. Boland
Company: Boston Biomedical, Inc.
Position: Clinical research associate
Favorite athletic event: My favorite event is the National Epilepsy Walk in Washington, DC, which I am a virtual walker most years but did complete this in 2009. In addition, the Boston Epilepsy Walk. I find it inspiring to hear the stories of some of the participants and what they have to endure, and how each participant steps up to fight that particular disease.
What is your background as an athlete? When I was in high school, I played tennis. After high school, I started to take martial arts classes. I found this to be a good challenge for me. Both sports required endurance and judgement skills. Whatever sport that I try, I always set smart goals to help me achieve what I would like to accomplish. I also have nine nieces and nephews and would like to be a faster walker for them.
I was never really an athlete growing up, but I have always had determination since I was young. If someone told me that I could not do something, I would think about it and say to myself “No, I am just going to prove them wrong.” The feeling you have when you overcome a hard obstacle, no matter what it is, just makes you feel even better.
Describe your most challenging athletic event/experience to date: To date, I have finished two 5Ks. One I completed in 50.24 and the second I completed in 56.04. I think this is a good way to socialize and have fun supporting a cause. During my participation in the HBA Fit to Lead group, I have set up 5K walks every month leading up to my transformative event. I am usually zipping around during the day, no matter where I am. Everyone tells me, “Martha you walk really fast.” I say, “Really? I never realized that.” My goal is to get faster in completing the 5Ks and I hope to get my minutes per mile down.
What have you chosen as your transformative event for Fit to Lead Boston and why? My transformative event will be a 10K. I have not decided which 10K I will be doing yet, but I am always on the lookout for charity walks. When walking for a cause, it feels good to know you might be helping someone else. So for me it is not about the transformative event, it more about an overall change in yourself. Putting the effort in to helping other people and making the time to put yourself first is not easy with the busy lives that everyone leads. Everyone can always fit some time for exercising, even if you have to start scheduling the time in your calendar. This is usually how I end up fitting my exercise in.
How does your experience as an athlete transfer to the workplace? I think that as you become a stronger person, this transfers into the workplace. I work on a team and, at times, individually. As you become stronger, you gain more confidence and that shows in your work. You become better at collaborating with your co-workers and are able to meet deadline goals. It feels good when you accomplish a goal, but also be able to meet team goals is even more rewarding.
Name a random, fun fact about yourself: When I was little, I used to read the Nancy Drew series. To this day I love reading mysteries and I still have my full set of Nancy Drew books, which started my reading adventures.