Illinois

My legs were boycotting and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it. – Jennifer Poore (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 in 2014, F 18 - 34, Illinois, Poore - Jenny

My legs were boycotting and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it. – Jennifer Poore (April 21, 2014)

No one likes to write a race report about a race that didn’t go well. I questioned putting these thoughts out there, but I know eventually I’ll be glad I did. It will be good to look back on it in the future–hopefully when a race goes “right.” The first few days after the marathon, I didn’t really feel like reliving each mile of 26.2. And then I thought, “Well, this year should be much easier to write than last year.” (Biggest understatement ever. It’s clear this recap was easier to write for different reasons.) Like many, I found 4.15.2014 to be an emotional day. To be...

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Running through the Center of the World – Jeffery Lung (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in 2014, Illinois, Lung - Jeffery, M 35 - 39

Running through the Center of the World – Jeffery Lung (April 21, 2014)

For over a year I dreamed about what it would feel like to run in the 118th edition of the Boston Marathon. Like many others, I felt compelled to be there no matter what it took. I was inspired to stand up as part of the running community, to help New England heal, to show my compassion and my support by doing what I love to do most: run long. The whole world would be watching. This is my story: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Sitting in the airport terminal, garbed in a bright orange and blue Boston Marathon jacket, I see I am not alone. The head-nods and thumbs ups from complete strangers come...

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Playful Prelude, Somber Postscript – Jeffery Lung (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in 2013, Illinois, Lung - Jeffery, M 18 - 34

Playful Prelude, Somber Postscript – Jeffery Lung (April 15, 2013)

Follow That Unicorn! (Eleven days before) When I first took up running a few years ago, qualifying for the storied Boston Marathon seemed about as realistic as making out with Mila Kunis. This seemed especially true after barely completing my first marathon in just under a grueling four hours. Well, maybe it’s time to give Mila a call. In eleven days, I will take my rightful place among the upper echelon of marathoners whose communal zenith rests atop the peak of Heartbreak Hill and reaches maximum dopamine levels somewhere along Boylston Street. To say I’m excited about the impending...

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Remembering Happy Moments That Cannot Be Taken Away – Jenny Poore (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 in 2013, F 18 - 34, Illinois, Poore - Jenny

Remembering Happy Moments That Cannot Be Taken Away – Jenny Poore (April 15, 2013)

Like many others, I sat down to write my race recap a couple of times in the immediate days after the race. It’s hard to write about something that forced you to feel so many conflicting emotions. I went to write one sentence and then slowly deleted it, thinking “Is that what I really want to say?” or “Is that what I am really feeling?” Trying to resolve the emotions between celebrating a great race and coping with what happened at 2:50pm in the afternoon has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. There’s a moment I keep replaying in my head. I’m sitting...

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