F 35 – 39

Something to Remember when I’m 88

Posted on Apr 9, 2018 in 2017, F 35 - 39, Ferguson - Jessica, Mississippi

Something to Remember when I’m 88

The Boston Marathon experience is, for the serious runner, the ultimate rush of emotions… excitement, fear, pride, and for first-timers, overwhelming. My first Boston experience is a memory I will hold onto for the rest of my years. I began running in my 30s and quickly became inspired by the challenge of distance running. I was running just fast enough to be slightly competitive within my age group and in small races.  After I completed a couple of marathons, I began to see qualifying for the Boston Marathon as a possibility at some point in my future. When a friend qualified, that was...

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At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

We took the family on a road trip to Boston trying to make running the Marathon into a family vacation. We headed out Friday morning for eight hours of driving towards New York. Just the day before I had run with my son’s cross country team and had tweaked my knee. That was my first distress call. I was quiet at first about sharing it but I knew I needed prayers. As we arrived in the hotel the first night my stomach was not feeling settled. Again I tried to keep it silent. That evening I woke up several times with a fierce case of the stomach flu. Unable to manage my body through the night...

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A Brief Detour to Cot #12- Elizabeth Clor (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in 2016, Clor - Elizabeth, F 35 - 39, Virginia

A Brief Detour to Cot #12- Elizabeth Clor (April 18, 2016)

In 2007, I wrote a post in my Myspace blog in which I discussed the differences among plans, goals, dreams, and fantasies. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon fell into the “dreams” category at that point. My marathon times were nowhere near fast enough for Boston to seem feasible, but I thought if I continued to progress, I might get there eventually. I initially approached qualifying for the Boston Marathon as someone who enjoyed the personal satisfaction of running marathons and wanted to get to the next level.  But at some point, things progressed far beyond having a competitive...

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Three hours in the company of Angels – Anita Harless (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in 2011, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

Three hours in the company of Angels – Anita Harless (April 18, 2011)

For several days after running the Boston Marathon, my emotions were still high, but nothing like the morning waking up to that day. I was overpowered by intense emotion when I woke up on Monday, Patriots’ Day. I was struggling to keep my focus being bound by all these extreme and binding feelings. Some of the emotions I am able to sift through, read like this: NERVOUSNESS: Gotta be on time. Do I have everything? Did I get enough to drink? Should I wear the brand new shorts or the old Capri’s? Should I eat more? Drink more? Drink Less?… FEAR: What if something happens and I...

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My early splits were at the mercy of the pack. In the crowd, it was too risky to pass. – Laura Frey (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

My early splits were at the mercy of the pack. In the crowd, it was too risky to pass. – Laura Frey (April 15, 2013)

As I tapered the week leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon, I couldn’t wait for the chance to write my post race report. I was so excited. I was healthy and trained for a sub-three hour marathon IN BOSTON! However, I had only an hour of utter elation post race before the senseless, horrific bombing ripped my heart and soul, and forced me to bury my race. I felt guilty even looking at my Garmin. But, as the days passed and I saw how strong we are as runners, how strong we are as a nation, it inspired me. My heart will always remain heavy for the victims, but proud for all of the...

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I kept screaming, “Just like you’re here for us, we’re all here running for you, for Boston…” – Elizabeth Maiuolo (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 in 2014, F 35 - 39, Maiuolo - Elizabeth, New York

I kept screaming, “Just like you’re here for us, we’re all here running for you, for Boston…” – Elizabeth Maiuolo (April 21, 2014)

If I had to sum up this race, it’d be easy: it hurt like HELL! I suffered every step of the 26.2, but OMG was it worth it! It was FANTASTIC and during the whole race I had to deal with my uncontrollable body and the crowds making me cry and dry-heave all the way onto Boylston. It was pure insanity in the streets! As I was on the second wave, bus loading was between 7:00 and 7:30. I met some friends and teammates at 7:00 in Boston Common, so we could all get to the Athletes’ Village together. Once there it’s so hard to find anyone! The Boston Common was quiet and super organized. We even...

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