Box – Brad

“Buddy, you are a WINNAH!” – Brad Box (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 in 2011, Box - Brad, M 40 - 44, Tennessee

“Buddy, you are a WINNAH!” – Brad Box (April 18, 2011)

There are days in our lives we know our family and friends will mention at our funerals. Today is one of those days for me. The Boston Marathon experience is so incredible I could write 20 pages about it (and probably will at some point). There is one critical point I want to share now. The race went just as I had planned. I was able to stay dead on an 8:00 minute pace through 30k, even with three bathroom pit stops. At 30k, I felt great and started obsessing about running well below a 3:30. That goal became all-consuming for several miles. I looked at my watch constantly. The race suddenly...

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“Run with endurance the race set before us…” – Brad Box (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 in 2009, Box - Brad, M 40 - 44, Tennessee

“Run with endurance the race set before us…” – Brad Box (April 20, 2009)

On Sunday night before THE MARATHON, I set the alarm in the hotel for 5:20 eastern time, got a wake up call, and set the alarm on my BlackBerry. I slept surprisingly well…. But I still woke before five (which is before four at home). I meticulously set out all my gear on Sunday night. Much the way I did before Chicago, I spent the first hour of the morning quietly, almost ritualistically putting together my gear and packing everything into the bright yellow Boston Marathon “drop bag” while prayerfully meditating about this run. I sent my daily text, and as I have done with...

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