F 50 – 54

Cashing in on the “Old People Discount” – Lynn O’Neal (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Mississippi, O'Neal - Lynn

Cashing in on the “Old People Discount” – Lynn O’Neal (April 21, 2014)

I started running at age 46 while living in Fulton, Mississippi. Since then I have been blessed with a great network of running friends who have encouraged me to keep improving. I ran Huntsville’s Rocket City Marathon in 2011 and missed qualifying for Boston by about six minutes with a time of 4:01. With more intense training and lots more encouragement, I returned to Rocket City in 2012 and qualified with a time of 3:48:38. I tell people I got the “old people discount” because in between I had crossed over into the 50 year old age bracket. I don’t mind: I will take all the time the...

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I was there. I should write something. – Beth O’Grady (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, F 50 - 54, Massachusetts, O'Grady - Beth

I was there. I should write something. – Beth O’Grady (April 15, 2013)

I was there. I should write something. I was there at the start when the air was alive with energy and anticipation. I was there when runners who prepared for months nervously counted down to the start of the race. I was there when it was a perfect day for running 26.2 miles, fueled by the energy of the volunteers and spectators lining the route. I was there when it was uplifting and exhilarating. I was there when it was a fantastic day to run the 117th Boston Marathon. I was there when the bombs went off, a few minutes after I crossed the finish line, just a few dozen yards away. I was...

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I will not let cowards prevail over what turned out to be my most complete marathon yet. – Ty Godwin (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Colorado, F 50 - 54, Godwin - Ty

I will not let cowards prevail over what turned out to be my most complete marathon yet. – Ty Godwin (April 15, 2013)

At the onset of my running career (wouldn’t that be great if it was a career?) at the age of 40, I had never run before in my life. There was no cross-country or track team for me growing up. In fact, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in Junior High and would come in “dead last” in P.E. class when we would have to run around the baseball field. Going through some major life changes at the age of 40, I took up running, mainly running for health reasons, doing an occasional 5k. I didn’t attempt a marathon until after my wife bought me Hal Higdon’s book, and I decided to race...

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