2011

Three hours in the company of Angels – Anita Harless (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in 2011, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

Three hours in the company of Angels – Anita Harless (April 18, 2011)

For several days after running the Boston Marathon, my emotions were still high, but nothing like the morning waking up to that day. I was overpowered by intense emotion when I woke up on Monday, Patriots’ Day. I was struggling to keep my focus being bound by all these extreme and binding feelings. Some of the emotions I am able to sift through, read like this: NERVOUSNESS: Gotta be on time. Do I have everything? Did I get enough to drink? Should I wear the brand new shorts or the old Capri’s? Should I eat more? Drink more? Drink Less?… FEAR: What if something happens and I...

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A Tongue-in-Cheek Critique – Scott McMurtrey (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2011, M 18 - 34, McMurtrey - Scott, Washington

A Tongue-in-Cheek Critique – Scott McMurtrey (April 18, 2011)

My first Boston Marathon experience was a major letdown. A drag. An abysmal weekend. Never has a marathon been talked up as much as Boston has. Ever. I’ve been reading race reports and articles about Boston for years and it’s always “Boston is great. The food is awesome. The fans are wonderful. The atmosphere is unbeatable.” But I felt like it was all this big joke on Scott, that everyone was an actor and I was the fool on hidden camera. So why was everyone else acting like they were having so much fun? Boston’s kinda of a bummer of a city with not much to do....

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A Finisher’s Medal and a Cowbell – Brian Govednik (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 in 2011, Govednik - Brian, M 18 - 34, Rhode Island

A Finisher’s Medal and a Cowbell – Brian Govednik (April 18, 2011)

In 2010 , like my now husband Brian, I came home from the Boston Marathon with a finisher’s medal. A year later? A cowbell. Okay, maybe I am simplifying things just a bit. The previous year, with Brian running with me, I also came home with more respect than ever for the toll a marathon can take on both the mind and body. And as an on-looker in 2011, I came home with such awe and respect for everyone out there pushing themselves through the grueling 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. I think it’s awesome Brian and I met through our common love of running, and I enjoy going to the same...

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A Tale of Two Bostons – Jeff Necessary (April 18, 2011, and April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 in 2011, 2014, Arkansas, M 50 - 54, Necessary - Jeff

A Tale of Two Bostons – Jeff Necessary (April 18, 2011, and April 21, 2014)

My Boston story begins in 2008 when I ran my first marathon, although the description “run” is probably an over simplification: I ran, walked, hobbled, limped, and finally finished in 4:46. I could have checked marathons off my bucket list and moved on to something else, but I was annoyed with myself. I decided to do it again and this time do it right. I bought running books and poured through the Internet for advice. I found an online running log run by a 2:30 marathoner who would critique your training if you asked, and I did. He looked at my training, and my times for shorter races,...

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In life, enduring pain often leads to the sweetest moments – Matt Palmer (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 in 2011, Canada, M 45 - 49, Palmer - Matt

In life, enduring pain often leads to the sweetest moments – Matt Palmer (April  18, 2011)

In 2009 when I decided to run my first marathon, my goal from the start was to see if I could qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston is the dream for so many people, because it is legendary. It is the oldest, longest running marathon in the world, and it is the only one, other than the Olympics, for which you must qualify. Most of us have little chance of that. For the average runner, Boston has become the brass ring. I wanted to know if I could do it: not just finish a marathon, but be fast enough to go to Boston. I ran my first marathon in May of 2009, missing the Boston qualifying mark by...

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Still paying back for a race just under the wire… – Brian Chisholm (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 in 2011, Chisholm - Brian, M 55 - 59, Massachusetts

Still paying back for a race just under the wire… – Brian Chisholm (April 18, 2011)

I crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2013. It wasn’t the way I wanted to. I was wearing a white volunteer jacket with blue strips, pushing the yellow stretcher in the top right corner of the picture below, with three other volunteers. We were stopped briefly because the volunteer riding the rail thought he felt a pulse, but it was probably his own. That happens in situations like this where your own heart is pounding and you’re working to save someone’s life. We continued our race across the finish line and into Medical Tent A where we were directed to “go all...

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