2015

My heart and lungs were ready to party, but my calves and hamstrings ached and dragged… – Caroline Boller (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 in 2015, Boller - Caroline, California, F 40 - 44

My heart and lungs were ready to party, but my calves and hamstrings ached and dragged… – Caroline Boller (April 20, 2015)

They filed in. The seasoned pros knew where to go and lost no time heading into a dark room. Where it led I don’t know. Some ended up upstairs. I saw race-favorite Shalane Flanagan’s chiseled and determined face stretching on the balcony above. I’d been there for an hour and a half already, in the church where the elite runners waited before the start. Since I was staying with relatives in New Hampshire, it made no difference whether we drove straight to the church or to downtown Boston, where buses took runners to Hopkinton. We chose Hopkinton, so my husband could see me off at the...

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Achieving a Major Goal, Even at a Shuffle – Dave Parsons (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in 2015, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Parsons - Dave

Achieving a Major Goal, Even at a Shuffle – Dave Parsons (April 20, 2015)

Where do I even begin to try to start with a race that has been several years in the making? After qualifying in 2013 for the 2014 Boston Marathon with a 3:13:33 at the “Last Chance for Boston” (after battling back from stress fractures in both legs), I missed getting into the race by eleven seconds, since they lowered the qualifying times due to increased interest after the bombings. I worked hard to get even faster so my Boston dream could become a reality by running a 3:10:25 at the 2014 Erie Marathon. However, the dream to even get to Boston started right after running my first...

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Locals were giving out orange slices… I wanted to kiss all of them – Katrina Dingle (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 in 2015, Canada, Dingle - Katrina, F 18 - 34

Locals were giving out orange slices… I wanted to kiss all of them – Katrina Dingle (April 20, 2015)

Running is a form of therapy for me. I like the way it clears my head mostly, and gives me a sense of peace and quiet. I run early, and love watching the sun rise. I find running is more than just fitness, it’s a way to get to know yourself, a way to connect with nature and a way to genuinely feel good about something. I ran my first marathon in Davos, Switzerland five years ago. I was living in Switzerland at the time and really wanted to try running a race in the Swiss Alps since I knew the scenery would be incredible. I finished that race in 3 hours and 59 minutes and figured if I could...

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“Against the Wind, we were runnin’ against the wind…” – Sage Canaday (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 in 2015, Canaday - Sage, Colorado, M 18 - 34

“Against the Wind, we were runnin’ against the wind…” – Sage Canaday (April 20, 2015)

“Against the wind/ We were runnin’ against the wind/ We were young and strong, we were runnin’/ Against the wind…” -Bob Seger My heart sank when I saw the weather forecast. It’s silly of course because the weather is something we cannot control (although the report did make me pack my warm Hoka hat, which in retrospect I’m very glad I did!), and to worry about it only made me unnecessarily cranky. Anything but a headwind! I cringed at the thought of a cold and wet breeze hampering my pace. Thinking back to my short lived days as an aspiring mechanical/aerospace...

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Charting my race versus plan – Kenneth Posner (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 in 2015, M 50 - 54, New York, Posner - Kenneth

Charting my race versus plan – Kenneth Posner (April 20, 2015)

“Life is just a place to spend time between races.” — George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience I completed my third Boston Marathon in 2:48:32. This was just over a minute faster than my time in 2014. It was my eighth marathon PR, my fifth PR of the year, and my 12th PR since turning 50. It was my 61st marathon/ultra and coincidentally I came in 61st in my age group… For “A” races, I typically develop a specific pace plan, especially if I’ve had prior experience with the course. The blue line below shows my plan for Boston 2015: it starts relatively slowly,...

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The weather was brutal. I don’t remember ever being so cold. – Mark Davidhizar (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 in 2015, Davidhizar - Mark, Indiana, M 18 - 34

The weather was brutal. I don’t remember ever being so cold. – Mark Davidhizar (April 20, 2015)

Weather-wise this was one of the most miserable experiences of my life, but at the same time, Boston 2015 was one of the best experiences of my life. But before talking about race day, what a great weekend it was in Boston! So much to do, no doubt about it, though we didn’t do or see it all. First off, I would like to say thank you to Meghan Irvine and her family for allowing us to stay at their house. Despite the fact that we had to stay in a boys room with a bunch of Red Sox/Patriots stuff, it was comfortable and a lot cheaper than a hotel. After a late arriving flight into Boston Friday...

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