M 55 – 59

A Year Like No Other – Kevin FitzGerald (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 in 2014, FitzGerald - Kevin, M 55 - 59, North Carolina

A Year Like No Other – Kevin FitzGerald (April 21, 2014)

As I rode the bus from the Boston Common out the starting line for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on the third Monday in April 2014, I thought how this journey had actually begun a full eight years earlier. I ran my first Boston Marathon in 2007, having qualified the prior May in my first marathon ever, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 2007 Boston Marathon was the year of the epic Nor’easter, whose conditions were so severe the BAA actually considered cancelling the event for the first time in the race’s 111-year history. Following that effort (3:09) I began a ritual of...

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Homeless In Hopkinton – Greg Hall (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 in 2013, Hall - Greg, M 55 - 59, Missouri

Homeless In Hopkinton – Greg Hall (April 15, 2013)

The first person I spoke to from Hopkinton, Massachusetts the eve of the Boston Marathon was a cop. My good friend and running mate, Greg Heilers, had just dropped me off at the corner of Main and Grove Street in Hopkinton at about 6:30 PM. As I opened the passenger door to his rental Kia, Heilers asked me one last time the same question he had asked a dozen times that day. “Are you sure about this?” he repeated. It was my grand plan to stay in HopTown, the place where the Boston Marathon begins each Patriots Day, the night before the race and soak in even more of the energy and...

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A redheaded Wellesley girl said “Go for it!” The experience was energizing!- Dale Sandley (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in 2015, Boston Marathon, M 55 - 59, Sandley - Dale, Wisconsin

A redheaded Wellesley girl said “Go for it!” The experience was energizing!- Dale Sandley (April 20, 2015)

I really haven’t been running very long. When I turned 50, in 2005, I started thinking more about my health, and joined a fitness center. I ran on the treadmill, used the elliptical, and regularly went to fitness classes. In 2010, a buddy talked me into running a 5k with him. This was the first time I ever ran outside. It was a small event and I finished 4th in age group (behind my buddy). My next 5k I finished 3rd in my age group, again behind my buddy. It was wonderful winning an award. I had never played sports in school, so it was a new experience. By my fourth race, I was passing my...

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In the cold, wet, and wind, my engine was working fine, but the transmission was broken. – Tom Davis (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in 2007, California, Davis - Tom, M 55 - 59

In the cold, wet, and wind, my engine was working fine, but the transmission was broken. – Tom Davis (April 16, 2007)

About a month before the marathon, I started to taper down my caffeine intake so I’d have had a caffeine-free diet for the last couple of weeks before the marathon, and on marathon morning, I’d be able to take a big jolt of it to improve my running. I went from full-caffeine coffee to half-caff for a week, then quarter-caff for a few more days, then nothing. Our bodies are amazing things: I was just getting into the quarter-caff stage when I had developed a craving for very dark chocolate, which I started to eat. Of course, the theobromine in chocolate is very similar to caffeine,...

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My Boston #16: Calmly, the waitress asked, “Was that thunder?” – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in 2013, M 55 - 59, Muldowney - Joe, Pennsylvania

My Boston #16: Calmly, the waitress asked, “Was that thunder?” – Joe Muldowney (April 15, 2013)

After a bounce-back effort that erased the previous year’s “epic failure” in the heat plagued race of 2012, and posted a satisfying 3:04:13, Joe Muldowney and his wife settled into the nearby Legal Sea Foods restaurant for a celebratory meal. Here the Veteran Boston Marathoner reflects on how a senseless, heinous act ruined a “great day in Boston,” and how good will always triumph over evil, how determined human beings will always defeat adversity.

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Enjoying the Doug White Special – Robert Mason (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 in 2014, Delaware, M 55 - 59, Mason - Robert

Enjoying the Doug White Special – Robert Mason (April 21, 2014)

I can run? For the first 55 years of my life, I had no idea why people would want to run along roads when bikes and cars were available. OK, I admit it, I am a science geek. In grade school I was absolutely useless at sports. While classmates focused on ball games, a lazy eye meant I had no depth perception and no ability to know where a ball was in the air. Growing up in England, P.E. or gym was just a form of torture. When forced to bat in cricket, I still remember being terrified of that hard ball coming towards me, a target that would go anywhere apart from hitting my bat! It wasn’t...

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