Casola – Debbie

“Not just anyone can run in the Boston Marathon.” (signed) Mom & Dad – Deborah Casola (April 20, 1998)

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 in 1998, Casola - Debbie, F 40 - 44, Virginia

“Not just anyone can run in the Boston Marathon.” (signed) Mom & Dad – Deborah Casola (April 20, 1998)

What happens on the third Monday in April in Boston? Ask a Bostonian and they’ll say it’s Patriot’s Day. Ask any runner and they’ll tell you it’s the day of the Boston Marathon, the granddaddy of all marathons. One day in 1997 while on a run, my friend Miles and I were talking about Boston – he’d run it a few times. I told him since Bill worked at Digital, one of the race sponsors, I could run with one of their corporate bibs. I hit a nerve… A nerve I later completely understood. Miles said I should only run Boston if I earned a spot in the race, and based on my track and long...

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Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in 2010, Casola - Debbie, F 50 - 54, Virginia

Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Our Cruiser running group enjoyed a fun weekend filled with attending the huge Boston Marathon expo and packet pick-up, the guys’ 5K on Sunday morning, and our pre-race dinner on Sunday night. After dinner, we got back to our hotel, and before heading to bed, I tied my chip to my shoe, and set out my clothes, bib, banana, water, etc. for race morning. The only thing left to do was run the marathon on Patriots’ Day! Monday morning, I woke up easily to a beautiful sunny day and my entourage escorted me to the bus pick-up area. The lines were crazy long and Alan and I couldn’t find Candy...

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