Massachusetts

Barry Scanlon – [Excerpt] Joy in the Journey Back to Normalcy (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in 2014, M 45 - 49, Massachusetts, Scanlon - Barry

Barry Scanlon – [Excerpt] Joy in the Journey Back to Normalcy (April 21, 2014)

Boston strong? Absolutely. Boston loud? Hell, yeah. On a day when the finish line at the Boston Marathon was reclaimed, normalcy made a triumphant return during the 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston… It was evident as we pulled into Hopkinton this would not be just another Patriot’s Day. Buses were everywhere. Cars were everywhere. It seemed like the eyes of the world were on the tiny town west of Boston… The roar of the crowd as we began is something I’ll never forget. This wasn’t a road race — albeit a world-famous one — this was a community event. Spectators lined...

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Give This Man a Medal! – Nick Laganas, with Pat Cook (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 in 2013, Laganas - Nick, M 18 - 34, Massachusetts

Give This Man a Medal! – Nick Laganas, with Pat Cook (April 15, 2013)

[Our thanks to Pat Cook of Middlesex Community College for sharing his story of a 2013 marathon hero.] This is a story about my friend and fellow “E Streeter,” Lowell Massachusetts Police Officer Nick Laganas, and his first Boston Marathon. Nick and I are part of the PT team at the Lowell Police Academy that helps train police officers to run. Nick is already a running machine, but this was his first venture onto the vaunted Boston course. Nick impressively made it across the finish line in 3:57:27, and was at the first water station in the finish chute, grabbing a water, when the first...

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Liana Kolodenker – [Excerpt] The downhill start made it easy and all the fast runners made me go faster than I should: I went completely out of pace. (April 15, 2013)

Posted on May 7, 2013 in 2013, F 18 - 34, Kolodenker - Liana, Massachusetts

Liana Kolodenker – [Excerpt] The downhill start made it easy and all the fast runners made me go faster than I should: I went completely out of pace. (April 15, 2013)

I think my brain was kinda like “I think I can, I think I can, choo choo!” It’s funny how when you run downhill for several miles, even the flat path feels like a wall. Luckily around mile 15, there were a nice steep downhill right before the heart attack hills started (aka the Newton Hills), to bring myconfidence up just before punching me in the gut. Last time I met these hills was a year ago in 2012. Funny how I forgot how painful they could be! Heartbreak Hill didn’t break me. That famous point was all the way ahead at mile 20. It was the first two bumps that did the job, way...

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A text message suggests it would be a good idea to go on Facebook and tell everyone I am OK – Jonathan Hanson (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Hanson - Jonathan, M 18 - 34, Massachusetts

A text message suggests it would be a good idea to go on Facebook and tell everyone I am OK – Jonathan Hanson (April 15, 2013)

My journey as a runner began in 2010, when a co-worker shared information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. She was going to be mentoring runners for the 2011 Maratona di Roma. Prior to this, I had never done distance running, but something about this struck me. I went to the information session and before I knew it, I was training for my first marathon. It was such a life-changing experience for me that I continued with the program in 2012; this time venturing out to Spain for Madrid’s first Rock & Roll Marathon. Later in 2012, I received...

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Running down Beacon towards Kendall, I was sure I would really make it… – Leah Dickerson (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Dickerson - Leah, F 18 - 34, Massachusetts

Running down Beacon towards Kendall, I was sure I would really make it… – Leah Dickerson (April 15, 2013)

The 2013 Boston Marathon was my first marathon. I got a bib at the last minute (about a month before) to run on the Team with a Vision, which supports the Massachusetts Association for the Blind. Luckily, I had been in training mode since December for a marathon that I didn’t make. Before Boston 2013, the longest race I had ever run was the 2012 Austin Half Marathon. I was so nervous the morning of the marathon. All of my energy and focus was on finishing. I wanted to go as slow and steady as possible, I wanted to really enjoy the run and pass through the finish line. Gathering at...

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Keep Calm and Marath-On – Andrew Cook (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Cook - Andrew, M 18 - 34, Massachusetts

Keep Calm and Marath-On – Andrew Cook (April 15, 2013)

Preparation: Here we are… After a long time coming, the Boston Marathon is finally only a week away. For those of you starting to get worn down by the constant talk of it from us deranged people who find these kinds of things fun, just bear with us: it’s almost all over! Without a single iota of sarcasm or tongue-in-cheek here, I want to tell you that training these six months has been one of the highlights of my athletic life so far, with the jewel on the crown looking to come right about this time next week as one sweaty, aching, dehydrated, disorientated mess of a 19 year old crosses...

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