Arkansas

For the rest of my earthly life I can say I am a Boston Marathon finisher – Kathy Wheeler (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in 2015, Arkansas, F 40 - 44, Wheeler - Kathy

For the rest of my earthly life I can say I am a Boston Marathon finisher – Kathy Wheeler (April 20, 2015)

After six months of fundraising and training, the time finally arrived to make my way to the Bay State to run the 119th Boston Marathon. Training for this marathon wasn’t easy. I fought a tight hamstring the whole training period and was worried how it would feel the day of the race. Would I be able to run? Would I have to walk more than I wanted? But I kept telling myself I am running this race in memory of my Dad and he went through a lot with his liver transplants and didn’t let them stand in the way of his running. So, I resolved to not let a tight hamstring dampen my...

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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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“The sheer exhilaration I felt at the finish line will never be topped” – Amy Cole (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 in 2011, Arkansas, Cole - Amy, F 35 - 39

“The sheer exhilaration I felt at the finish line will never be topped” – Amy Cole (April 18, 2011)

Running, for the longest time, was a casual thing for me: a hobby really, and nothing I thought would ever amount to much in my life. Certainly not something that would eventually lead me to a great city in the Northeast where accomplished runners gather every year for the most celebrated marathon in the world. My Boston journey began back in 2009. Actually, if you want to go back even further, my running career began back in 2002 with my first 5Ks after a few months of goofing around on treadmills at the gym. I built up stamina enough to run the local Komen Race for the Cure and actually got...

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