California

Since Boston doesn’t have pacers, at least I didn’t have to watch each successive pace group pass me – Mike Sohaskey (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 in 2016, California, M 45 - 49, Sohaskey - Mike

Since Boston doesn’t have pacers, at least I didn’t have to watch each successive pace group pass me – Mike Sohaskey (April 18, 2016)

The “Marathon” race from Ashland to this city, held under the auspices of the Boston athletic association yesterday… proved a great success and is an assurance of an annual fixture of the same kind. – The Boston Globe, 20 April 1897 I’d made it to Mecca. Not the Holy Land to which devout Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, but the one to which devout runners make theirs. I’d made it to Boston. Ok, so technically that wasn’t true — not yet. As Katie’s childhood buddy Paul and I meandered through the Athletes’ Village awaiting the start of the world’s most prestigious...

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Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 in 2015, California, Hau - Vincent, M 35 - 39, Uncategorized

Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Like most avid marathon runners, I’ve always dreamed of running the most prestigious marathon race in the world: the Boston Marathon. I first qualified when I was a medical student nearly eleven years ago, but was afraid of requesting time off from my third-year clinical rotations to run it. For the following ten years I’ve always regretted never asking. Since joining Kaiser Permanente, an institution that values an employee’s health and well-being via a strong work-life balance, I’ve been able to achieve qualifying for the Boston Marathon again. Ten years later, in 2014, I ran the...

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The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in 2012, California, Davis - Tom, M 60 - 64

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

To race in the Boston Marathon, you need to run a qualifying marathon faster than a “qualifying time” which depends on your sex and your age (unless you agree to raise lots of money for approved charities). I just squeaked in with a qualifying time, so of course I had to race it. My goal for the race itself was basically to re-qualify for next year. I’m a good, but not a great runner, but if I work hard and train carefully, I can qualify. I have qualified for the Boston Marathon four times in my life and each time, I only had a few minutes to spare and each time I had...

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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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In the cold, wet, and wind, my engine was working fine, but the transmission was broken. – Tom Davis (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in 2007, California, Davis - Tom, M 55 - 59

In the cold, wet, and wind, my engine was working fine, but the transmission was broken. – Tom Davis (April 16, 2007)

About a month before the marathon, I started to taper down my caffeine intake so I’d have had a caffeine-free diet for the last couple of weeks before the marathon, and on marathon morning, I’d be able to take a big jolt of it to improve my running. I went from full-caffeine coffee to half-caff for a week, then quarter-caff for a few more days, then nothing. Our bodies are amazing things: I was just getting into the quarter-caff stage when I had developed a craving for very dark chocolate, which I started to eat. Of course, the theobromine in chocolate is very similar to caffeine,...

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“My road back to Boston went through Ventura” – Lauren Padula (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in 2007, California, F 18 - 34, Padula - Lauren

“My road back to Boston went through Ventura” – Lauren Padula (April 16, 2007)

As a college student in the city, I made running the Boston Marathon for a charity team a before-graduation goal. On April 16, 2007, I checked that goal off the list, and in the process caught the marathon bug. 4:25:31. My very first marathon. I remember being in tears. Tears of accomplishment, yes; but mostly of pain. Later that year I ran Chicago (4:27:15), and then work and life took me from Boston to San Diego. After taking a few years to settle in, I decided to make a push to qualify for Boston at the 2010 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. I had the race every runner has nightmares...

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