M 40 – 44

#1993 in 1993: Making your will exceed your skill – Ben Witherington (April 19, 1993)

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 in 1993, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Witherington - Ben

#1993 in 1993: Making your will exceed your skill – Ben Witherington (April 19, 1993)

Ah, Boston on Patriot’s Day… You can see most anything, like that man on stilts I caught on camera next to Fenway. The morning begins with the Marathon way out of town, even beyond Ashland, and certainly a long way from the Prudential Center. And then at 11:00am there is the annual Patriot’s Day game— only the Patriots aren’t playing. It’s April, so it’s the Red Sox playing at Fenway. And sometimes you even have the B’s (Bruins) and C’s (Celtics) playing on the same day. It’s a grand affair all around. There are many reasons to love Boston, and when I was but a wee lad of...

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Back to Boston: My breakfast becomes a DNF – Dave Parsons (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 in 2016, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Parsons - Dave

Back to Boston: My breakfast becomes a DNF – Dave Parsons (April 18, 2016)

I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to take part in the Boston Marathon for the second straight year. In 2015, I posted a 3:44:27 at less than 100 percent. Fortunately, I still had a qualifying time to get me in for this year. Despite breaking my foot in August, I patiently worked my way back to at least close to my best shape yet. I had a big confidence booster in February with a half marathon PR, and I was able to get lots of training on rolling terrain due to traveling to Nashville a lot for work. I went into this year’s Boston Marathon gunning for a 3:15, and felt like I had a...

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One of the most surreal and satisfying days of my life – Dan Mullen (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in 2016, M 40 - 44, Mississippi, Mullen - Dan

One of the most surreal and satisfying days of my life – Dan Mullen (April 18, 2016)

Imagine your first round of golf being at Augusta National, experiencing your first horse race at Churchill Downs or entering a stadium the first time at the Olympics. Then imagine actually taking part in the Masters, Kentucky Derby or Olympic Opening Ceremonies. That’s what it felt like for me to run the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day 2016. I’d never even run so much as a neighborhood 5K in my life. The first time I’d ever picked up a bib number was at the Hynes Convention Center on Sunday evening. And after I willed myself through the final stretch of the 26.2-mile course...

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Dual realizations on Boylston: “I am almost done” vs. “The finish is a lot further away than I thought” – Greg Friese (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2013, Friese - Greg, M 40 - 44, Wisconsin

Dual realizations on Boylston: “I am almost done” vs. “The finish is a lot further away than I thought” – Greg Friese (April 15, 2013)

Note written May 5, 2013: the Boston Marathon was nearly three weeks ago. Usually I try to write a race report within hours of finishing. Because of the bombing at the finishing line many of my post marathon thoughts have been about the families impacted by death and injury that afternoon, as well as the medical responders and bystanders that rushed to aid the injured. My thoughts continue to be with those who are suffering and I wish them a rapid return to health. Getting into the Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon is the most difficult marathon to obtain entry. A male runner my age needs...

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Achieving a Major Goal, Even at a Shuffle – Dave Parsons (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in 2015, M 40 - 44, Ohio, Parsons - Dave

Achieving a Major Goal, Even at a Shuffle – Dave Parsons (April 20, 2015)

Where do I even begin to try to start with a race that has been several years in the making? After qualifying in 2013 for the 2014 Boston Marathon with a 3:13:33 at the “Last Chance for Boston” (after battling back from stress fractures in both legs), I missed getting into the race by eleven seconds, since they lowered the qualifying times due to increased interest after the bombings. I worked hard to get even faster so my Boston dream could become a reality by running a 3:10:25 at the 2014 Erie Marathon. However, the dream to even get to Boston started right after running my first...

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The second explosion was exactly where my family had been waiting. – Joey Lee (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in 2013, Lee - Joey, M 40 - 44, Mississippi

The second explosion was exactly where my family had been waiting. – Joey Lee (April 15, 2013)

I’ll forever remember the 2013 Boston Marathon as the day I came way too close to losing absolutely everything, when my family was almost taken, leaving me with nothing, alone and broken. It started like any other race morning: very early, but that’s the only normal thing about the Boston Marathon. I left the hotel and took the subway to the Boston Common where 27,000 of us boarded buses to Hopkinton. We arrived at the Athletes Village around 7:00 a.m. You could feel the nervous energy and anticipation in the air as we looked for a spot for our three-hour wait. Veteran Boston runners...

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