2010

Rewarded by the Smile on the Face of my Biggest Fan – Amy Macon (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 in 2010, F 35 - 39, Macon - Amy, Mississippi

Rewarded by the Smile on the Face of my Biggest Fan – Amy Macon (April 19, 2010)

My journey as a runner began in 2004, when a group of friends challenged my husband and me to train with them to run a half marathon. Until then, I had logged many miles as a race walker. Since I’m always up for a new challenge, the training began and I transitioned from being a race walker to a runner. The transition was easier than I thought it would be, and I quickly fell in love with running. After that first half marathon, I began to sign up for race after race including 5k’s, 10k’s, 15k’s and halves. I never really considered 26.2 as a runner, although I had covered that...

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“It was the Boston. How could I not finish?” – Mary Elaine Shirah (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 in 2010, Alabama, F 40 - 44, Shirah - Mary Elaine

“It was the Boston. How could I not finish?” – Mary Elaine Shirah (April 19, 2010)

My Boston Marathon story is simple. All I had to do was run 26.2 miles. Oh, and be fast! I grew up in the Alabama Children’s Home in Troy. According to statistics and the high school guidance counselor, I was not exactly “going places.” But as a teen, I was introduced to running by a houseparent, Mr. Grey. And that made all the difference. I have a type-A personality, and I used running as a way of escaping imperfections that plagued my life. In college, I ran for my sorority in Greek Week, and ran the track when I couldn’t sleep. Which was a lot. After college...

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From a “Two Packs A Day” Smoker to a Boston “Rock Star” – Bridgett Jolly (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 in 2010, F 35 - 39, Jolly - Bridgett, Mississippi

From a “Two Packs A Day” Smoker to a Boston “Rock Star” – Bridgett Jolly (April 19, 2010)

Seven years ago I could have never pictured myself as a runner. Probably because seven years ago I was a “two packs a day” smoker. I put cigarettes down on August 21, 2006 and I haven’t had one since. Six months after I quit, I was going nuts, and had to find something to do. There were a couple of ladies in my neighborhood who ran. And they looked amazing. And I wanted to look like them. So I started running. Ok, maybe not running, but trying to run. I would run to a mailbox, then walk. Then run a little further. And before I knew it I was up to running three miles...

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