M 50 – 54

The Happy Swallow – Jim “Typhoon” Tucker (April 17, 2006)

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in 2006, M 50 - 54, Ohio, Tucker - Jim "Typhoon"

The Happy Swallow – Jim “Typhoon” Tucker (April 17, 2006)

It all started several years earlier when I read an article in one of the Boston newspapers about how patrons of The Happy Swallow bar in Framingham would cheer wildly for the first marathon runner to come off the course near Mile 7 and enter the bar. Then the owner would give that runner a free beer as a reward. I said to myself: I want to be that runner on Monday! I had a low corral seeding, which put me near the front of the field but realistically marathon PRs were a thing of the past. So I decided I would essentially race as hard as I could to Framingham at my faster 7 mile pace instead...

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“Try hard — try harder!” – Kenneth Posner (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in 2016, M 50 - 54, New York, Posner - Kenneth

“Try hard — try harder!” – Kenneth Posner (April 18, 2016)

On Friday April 15, 2016, I was on the train to Boston to attend a conference on Native American Running presented by Harvard’s Peabody Museum in collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association and other sponsors. This topic has interested me since reading a book by Peter Nabokov which described how Indians ran to communicate, fight, and hunt, as well as interact with spiritual forces. I thought the Indians’ experiences might contain clues to human potential which have been forgotten in today’s technology-obsessed world. I’m glad I went: the speakers talked about the spiritual and...

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Proud to Accept the Invitation – Steve Silva (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 in 2014, M 50 - 54, Massachusetts, Silva - Steve

Proud to Accept the Invitation – Steve Silva (April 21, 2014)

At 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013, I was recording video from the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, ten yards away from where the first bomb went off. I was trying to get a lot of those first-time marathoners and charity runners coming across. People who aren’t used to running that race let out a lot of emotion on the finish line. You never know what you’re going to see, people doing cartwheels or all sorts of things on the finish line. In an instant, jubilation turned to terror. One year later I crossed the same finish line as a runner in the 2014 Boston Marathon, after being...

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Charting my race versus plan – Kenneth Posner (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 in 2015, M 50 - 54, New York, Posner - Kenneth

Charting my race versus plan – Kenneth Posner (April 20, 2015)

“Life is just a place to spend time between races.” — George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience I completed my third Boston Marathon in 2:48:32. This was just over a minute faster than my time in 2014. It was my eighth marathon PR, my fifth PR of the year, and my 12th PR since turning 50. It was my 61st marathon/ultra and coincidentally I came in 61st in my age group… For “A” races, I typically develop a specific pace plan, especially if I’ve had prior experience with the course. The blue line below shows my plan for Boston 2015: it starts relatively slowly,...

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A Tale of Two Bostons – Jeff Necessary (April 18, 2011, and April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 in 2011, 2014, Arkansas, M 50 - 54, Necessary - Jeff

A Tale of Two Bostons – Jeff Necessary (April 18, 2011, and April 21, 2014)

My Boston story begins in 2008 when I ran my first marathon, although the description “run” is probably an over simplification: I ran, walked, hobbled, limped, and finally finished in 4:46. I could have checked marathons off my bucket list and moved on to something else, but I was annoyed with myself. I decided to do it again and this time do it right. I bought running books and poured through the Internet for advice. I found an online running log run by a 2:30 marathoner who would critique your training if you asked, and I did. He looked at my training, and my times for shorter races,...

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Three Boston Medals – Shane Mundy (2010, 2013, & 2014)

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in 2010, 2013, 2014, Australia, M 50 - 54, Mundy - Shane, Uncategorized

Three Boston Medals – Shane Mundy (2010, 2013, & 2014)

In 2006, I visited my doctor weighing 104kg. With medicated high blood pressure, dangerously high cholesterol, and a shocking liver reading, I was on a path to destruction! I started my own butchery business at the age of 19, and that was the end of my exercise years until 2006. That day the doctor told me I would be lucky to see 60! I went home, tipped out the whiskey bottle, and went for a run. I told my wife I wanted to run the Boston Marathon and she laughed ha-ha-ha. I said “But first I have to run a qualifier.” I set my sights on the Gold Coast Marathon here in Australia and trained...

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