F 40 – 44

“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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Two Bostons with Weather Extremes – Pella Roustemis (2015 and 2016)

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 in 2015, Canada, F 40 - 44, Roustemis - Pella

Two Bostons with Weather Extremes – Pella Roustemis (2015 and 2016)

I ran my first marathon in October 2013 at the Detroit Free Press marathon. First of all, I couldn’t believe I was going to complete a marathon. It seemed so recently when running just one mile seemed like an eternity. I really didn’t have a particular goal except to finish. I thought it would be great if I could get a sub four hour marathon for my first. Guess what? I did! 3:58-ish. After that, I was hooked! A friend of mine said it would be easy to shave off 15 or so minutes to qualify for Boston. What?!? Really? No way! Well, what I thought was impossible, wasn’t....

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Thirsty and sweating before we even began. – Staci Dietzel (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in 2016, Dietzel - Staci, F 40 - 44, Michigan

Thirsty and sweating before we even began. – Staci Dietzel (April 18, 2016)

2016 was my fifth consecutive Boston Marathon. Despite a training season peppered with injury, and being only one week post-flu, I was excited to be in Boston and felt ready to run. The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of women in the Boston Marathon along with the 120th Anniversary year made this year feel extra special. I was traveling alone. My family came along in 2012, but I typically travel on my own to destination races due to their busy schedules. I had plans to meet up with a friend I had met at the Tokyo Marathon, and a Sunday dinner with Katharine Switzer and Roger Robinson....

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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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The Sound of Music meets a scene from the Terminator – Laura Frey (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 in 2014, F 40 - 44, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

The Sound of Music meets a scene from the Terminator – Laura Frey (April 21, 2014)

I don’t even know where to start! Boston 2014 was quite possibly the most amazing display of humanity ever. Boston pumped love, perseverance, support, and empathy; every second, all weekend. I have never in my life experienced this type of non-stop caring and selflessness from every single person I bumped into during my entire trip. Everyone wanted to help make the next person smile. It was contagious. It is one thing to read about it or hear it on the news, but the experience was simply amazing. Beyond words, but I will try. I left home on a flight to Boston kind of freaked out by the...

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How could I be giving so much, yet running so slow? – Laura Frey (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 in 2015, F 40 - 44, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

How could I be giving so much, yet running so slow? – Laura Frey (April 20, 2015)

After running back-to-back 2:58:30s in 2013 and 2014, I had set my sights squarely on going under 2:55 at Boston. However, I crossed the finish line on Boylston four minutes slower, not faster. I feel weird saying this, but I’m not as upset as you might think. Clearly, that was not the race I had trained for. While I am bummed I didn’t go sub 2:55, I’m more bummed we had horrible race conditions. That, I can’t control. If we had 40 degrees and a tailwind and I ran the same time, I would be sick to my stomach! I certainly felt long distance support all along the way....

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