2010

Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in 2010, Casola - Debbie, F 50 - 54, Virginia

Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Our Cruiser running group enjoyed a fun weekend filled with attending the huge Boston Marathon expo and packet pick-up, the guys’ 5K on Sunday morning, and our pre-race dinner on Sunday night. After dinner, we got back to our hotel, and before heading to bed, I tied my chip to my shoe, and set out my clothes, bib, banana, water, etc. for race morning. The only thing left to do was run the marathon on Patriots’ Day! Monday morning, I woke up easily to a beautiful sunny day and my entourage escorted me to the bus pick-up area. The lines were crazy long and Alan and I couldn’t find Candy...

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I got a bit emotional as I realized these people didn’t know me, but were cheering for me anyway. – Renee Neufeld (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 in 2010, F 18 - 34, Neufeld - Renee, South Dakota

I got a bit emotional as I realized these people didn’t know me, but were cheering for me anyway. – Renee Neufeld (April 19, 2010)

My first attempt to train and qualify for Boston came in 2004 with the Chicago Marathon. I was training really well, and then while playing a large group game at camp, I did an unintentional back flip. Afterwards my knee wasn’t the same, but I decided to run the marathon anyway. I came so close to qualifying, but I forgot to figure in the final 2/10 mile. I finished with a 3:41:22, 23 seconds short of qualifying. I decided it was God’s way of telling me I should get my knee checked out. The resulting appointment led me to knee surgery for a meniscus tear and several weeks of rest. The...

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I Learn “You’re not ready to run another marathon until you’ve forgotten the last one” – Jane Couto [Govednik] (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 in 2010, Couto (Govednik) - Jane, F 18 - 34, New York

I Learn “You’re not ready to run another marathon until you’ve forgotten the last one” – Jane Couto [Govednik] (April 19, 2010)

In May of 2009, the day after I ran my first marathon (Cox Sports), I went online to check post-marathon protocol. Specifically, I wanted to know when I could run again. Overall I felt pretty good, although my thighs were killing me when I walked down any stairs. I knew I should probably take at least a few days off from running, and some reading on Hal Higdon’s website confirmed that. On a high from my Boston Marathon-qualifying run the day before, I also wanted to know when I could go for another 26.2 miler. And a little further reading on Higdon’s site led me to this answer from...

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Three Boston Medals – Shane Mundy (2010, 2013, & 2014)

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in 2010, 2013, 2014, Australia, M 50 - 54, Mundy - Shane, Uncategorized

Three Boston Medals – Shane Mundy (2010, 2013, & 2014)

In 2006, I visited my doctor weighing 104kg. With medicated high blood pressure, dangerously high cholesterol, and a shocking liver reading, I was on a path to destruction! I started my own butchery business at the age of 19, and that was the end of my exercise years until 2006. That day the doctor told me I would be lucky to see 60! I went home, tipped out the whiskey bottle, and went for a run. I told my wife I wanted to run the Boston Marathon and she laughed ha-ha-ha. I said “But first I have to run a qualifier.” I set my sights on the Gold Coast Marathon here in Australia and trained...

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“The joy is in the journey: Boston is the reward.” – Joy Gray (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in 2010, F 18 - 34, Gray - Joy, Tennessee

“The joy is in the journey:  Boston is the reward.” – Joy Gray (April 19, 2010)

I started running to lose baby weight with a 2001 New Year’s resolution. My goal was to lose the last 10 or 20 pounds from my second pregnancy. I initially used running as a tool to see how ‘small’ I could get. I truly believe running saved me. One day after an eight mile run, I got very confused, and I think it was caused by an extreme low-carb diet. I was that dedicated. In the end, though, I chose running because it provided me much more satisfaction than just a low number on the scale. I was the only one of five children to earn a high school diploma. I found running made me feel...

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Easier than hunting game in Zimbabwe… – Aaron Ford (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in 2010, Ford - Aaron, M 18 - 34, Mississippi

Easier than hunting game in Zimbabwe… – Aaron Ford (April 19, 2010)

I would consider myself a rookie compared to many other guys and gals on this site, but I’ll tell my story as well. Boston was only my second marathon. I had qualified with my first 26.2 mile race, even though barely making it in after running a 3:09:50! But for Boston, I had set a goal of a sub-three hour race and had been training hard in order to achieve that target. At that time, my future wife and I were engaged to be married a couple of weeks later, and we were meeting an old college roommate now living in the Boston area. I was still in school at the time, but was able to take a...

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