2009

“Am I in marathon heaven?” – Clemmie Cummins (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 in 2009, Cummins Clemmie, F 55 - 59, Texas

“Am I in marathon heaven?” – Clemmie Cummins (April 20, 2009)

What can I say about the Boston Marathon? “It lives up to its reputation,” that’s what. This is my second trip, the first being in 2005. After my successful (!), but painful (!), California International Marathon in Sacramento back in December, I had decided I wanted to just run, not race, Boston. Don’t know when I’ll be back, so wanted to just soak up the details. This race is so well done, and it should be: They’ve been doing it for 113 years! Buses with heat and bathrooms to the start line—great idea. Despite the huge numbers of runners, it didn’t seem chaotic. When...

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An Eater’s Guide to Marathon Weekend – Megan Kretz (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 in 2009, F 18 - 34, Kretz - Megan, New York

An Eater’s Guide to Marathon Weekend – Megan Kretz (April 20, 2009)

My running life began when I joined my high school’s track team in January of 2000. I had never run before and thought I might be a shotput/ discus/ javelin thrower or jumper. After it became clear I lacked any sense of coordination, my coach decided I should try sprinting. My first races were the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints. Running fast and short was fun, but I soon realized I would be a much better long distance runner! I joined the cross-country team that fall and continued running and racing competitively throughout my high school and college years. Being a member of the cross-country...

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Smiling because I can – Stacey Mortenson (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 in 2009, Canada, F 18 - 34, Mortenson - Stacey

Smiling because I can – Stacey Mortenson (April 20, 2009)

In October 2007, I had just completed my fourth marathon in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 3:43, which was so close to a BQ I could almost taste it! I didn’t feel great throughout the whole training program, but blamed it on being a single parent and aging. Low and behold, by December 2007, I was in the hospital and diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Type 1 diabetes (I’m a late bloomer). Instantly I was insulin dependent and dealing with blood sugar management. My life was turned upside down, and a diabetes nurse told me I’d probably not run any more marathons. That was my...

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Drinking Beer, Kissing Wellesley Women and Abstract Journeys – Eric Turkewitz (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 in 2009, M 45 - 49, New York, Turkewitz - Eric

Drinking Beer, Kissing Wellesley Women and Abstract Journeys – Eric Turkewitz (April 20, 2009)

In one sense this was 26.2 mile journey. In another it was a three-day weekend. In yet another sense it started in 1994 when I finished my first marathon and I realized that I had never tested my physical limits. And in another sense the journey started in 7th grade when I ground to a halt athletically while my peers surged forward. But after long efforts I finally qualified for one of the most prestigious races in the world. I toed the line at Hopkinton and arrived on Boylston Street. I ran Boston. This post took me an hour or two to write, but it took years to get here… Eric Turkewitz New...

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Ray Maker – [Exerpt] The little old lady start line volunteer told me “Oh honey, you can go on waaaaay up there” (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 in 2009, M 18 - 34, Maker - Ray, Virginia

Ray Maker – [Exerpt] The little old lady start line volunteer told me “Oh honey, you can go on waaaaay up there” (April 20, 2009)

Eventually we found our place in line at the start. It was kinda funny though. Thanks to my qualifying time of 2:54, my bib number was 1966 – which meant I was actually in both the first wave and the first corral. But because I had no plans/desire to run a 6:30ish pace for Boston, I decided to instead enter in the fourth corral with my friend Rob. Which led to a funny interaction with a little old lady volunteer who said “Oh honey, you can go on waaaaay up there” (gesturing to the front of the pack). It was funny because everyone around us heard it and all looked. Thanks…but no...

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A Race in Memory of My Mom… – Katherine Plichta (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 in 2009, New York, Plichta - Katherine

A Race in Memory of My Mom… – Katherine Plichta (April 20, 2009)

I ran my first marathon in January 2008, in Disney World of all places. As I was running, I overhead another runner say, “Keep this pace, and we’ll qualify for Boston!” I had never thought about Boston, and I hadn’t been paying attention to my time in the least. I was just running as fast as I could without running out of steam. I wondered what the qualifying time was, and whether I could actually make it. But I couldn’t think about that now. I needed to finish before I could think. I was twenty-two miles in, and my legs started feeling heavy. Another mile and they felt like...

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