2013

At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

We took the family on a road trip to Boston trying to make running the Marathon into a family vacation. We headed out Friday morning for eight hours of driving towards New York. Just the day before I had run with my son’s cross country team and had tweaked my knee. That was my first distress call. I was quiet at first about sharing it but I knew I needed prayers. As we arrived in the hotel the first night my stomach was not feeling settled. Again I tried to keep it silent. That evening I woke up several times with a fierce case of the stomach flu. Unable to manage my body through the night...

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In a “my legs are tired” way, not in a “I might die, need to walk, or maybe vomit” kind of way – Kara Bonneau (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 in 2013, Bonneau - Kara, F 18 - 34, North Carolina

In a “my legs are tired” way, not in a “I might die, need to walk, or maybe vomit” kind of way – Kara Bonneau (April 15, 2013)

Wow. Well, obviously the aftermath brought a lot more emotions and many things to process far more important than the actual race. Things I never dreamed I’d be considering when recording my first Boston experience. But her I want to focus on the good and the positive that came before… My husband Monte and I flew into Boston on Saturday afternoon. After a great carb loading pasta dinner with friends, we drove out to our hotel in Milford, which is only about 15 minutes from Hopkinton. Sunday we drove out to the start and though to that point I had mostly been nervous about my lack of...

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Homeless In Hopkinton – Greg Hall (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 in 2013, Hall - Greg, M 55 - 59, Missouri

Homeless In Hopkinton – Greg Hall (April 15, 2013)

The first person I spoke to from Hopkinton, Massachusetts the eve of the Boston Marathon was a cop. My good friend and running mate, Greg Heilers, had just dropped me off at the corner of Main and Grove Street in Hopkinton at about 6:30 PM. As I opened the passenger door to his rental Kia, Heilers asked me one last time the same question he had asked a dozen times that day. “Are you sure about this?” he repeated. It was my grand plan to stay in HopTown, the place where the Boston Marathon begins each Patriots Day, the night before the race and soak in even more of the energy and...

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Playful Prelude, Somber Postscript – Jeffery Lung (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in 2013, Illinois, Lung - Jeffery, M 18 - 34

Playful Prelude, Somber Postscript – Jeffery Lung (April 15, 2013)

Follow That Unicorn! (Eleven days before) When I first took up running a few years ago, qualifying for the storied Boston Marathon seemed about as realistic as making out with Mila Kunis. This seemed especially true after barely completing my first marathon in just under a grueling four hours. Well, maybe it’s time to give Mila a call. In eleven days, I will take my rightful place among the upper echelon of marathoners whose communal zenith rests atop the peak of Heartbreak Hill and reaches maximum dopamine levels somewhere along Boylston Street. To say I’m excited about the impending...

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Remembering Happy Moments That Cannot Be Taken Away – Jenny Poore (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 in 2013, F 18 - 34, Illinois, Poore - Jenny

Remembering Happy Moments That Cannot Be Taken Away – Jenny Poore (April 15, 2013)

Like many others, I sat down to write my race recap a couple of times in the immediate days after the race. It’s hard to write about something that forced you to feel so many conflicting emotions. I went to write one sentence and then slowly deleted it, thinking “Is that what I really want to say?” or “Is that what I am really feeling?” Trying to resolve the emotions between celebrating a great race and coping with what happened at 2:50pm in the afternoon has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. There’s a moment I keep replaying in my head. I’m sitting...

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Dual realizations on Boylston: “I am almost done” vs. “The finish is a lot further away than I thought” – Greg Friese (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2013, Friese - Greg, M 40 - 44, Wisconsin

Dual realizations on Boylston: “I am almost done” vs. “The finish is a lot further away than I thought” – Greg Friese (April 15, 2013)

Note written May 5, 2013: the Boston Marathon was nearly three weeks ago. Usually I try to write a race report within hours of finishing. Because of the bombing at the finishing line many of my post marathon thoughts have been about the families impacted by death and injury that afternoon, as well as the medical responders and bystanders that rushed to aid the injured. My thoughts continue to be with those who are suffering and I wish them a rapid return to health. Getting into the Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon is the most difficult marathon to obtain entry. A male runner my age needs...

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