Michigan

At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

At Mile 23: “Come on, Stay strong just a little longer.” – Anita Harless (April 15, 2013)

We took the family on a road trip to Boston trying to make running the Marathon into a family vacation. We headed out Friday morning for eight hours of driving towards New York. Just the day before I had run with my son’s cross country team and had tweaked my knee. That was my first distress call. I was quiet at first about sharing it but I knew I needed prayers. As we arrived in the hotel the first night my stomach was not feeling settled. Again I tried to keep it silent. That evening I woke up several times with a fierce case of the stomach flu. Unable to manage my body through the night...

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Thirsty and sweating before we even began. – Staci Dietzel (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in 2016, Dietzel - Staci, F 40 - 44, Michigan

Thirsty and sweating before we even began. – Staci Dietzel (April 18, 2016)

2016 was my fifth consecutive Boston Marathon. Despite a training season peppered with injury, and being only one week post-flu, I was excited to be in Boston and felt ready to run. The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of women in the Boston Marathon along with the 120th Anniversary year made this year feel extra special. I was traveling alone. My family came along in 2012, but I typically travel on my own to destination races due to their busy schedules. I had plans to meet up with a friend I had met at the Tokyo Marathon, and a Sunday dinner with Katharine Switzer and Roger Robinson....

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Three hours in the company of Angels – Anita Harless (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in 2011, F 35 - 39, Harless - Anita, Michigan

Three hours in the company of Angels – Anita Harless (April 18, 2011)

For several days after running the Boston Marathon, my emotions were still high, but nothing like the morning waking up to that day. I was overpowered by intense emotion when I woke up on Monday, Patriots’ Day. I was struggling to keep my focus being bound by all these extreme and binding feelings. Some of the emotions I am able to sift through, read like this: NERVOUSNESS: Gotta be on time. Do I have everything? Did I get enough to drink? Should I wear the brand new shorts or the old Capri’s? Should I eat more? Drink more? Drink Less?… FEAR: What if something happens and I...

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With the heat, my only goal was to finish with a smile on my face. – Abbey Goetz [VanValkenburg] (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in 2012, F 18 - 34, Goetz (VanValkenburg) - Abbey, Michigan

With the heat, my only goal was to finish with a smile on my face. – Abbey Goetz [VanValkenburg] (April 16, 2012)

Growing up, running had always been my passion. Something I truly enjoyed, and something I seemed to be good at. Running doesn’t discriminate. There are no “cuts” from the team, you don’t have to be a certain height or weight, and anyone is welcome. As a runner, it is hard to explain to a “non-runner” why you enjoy running for miles and hours on end. To explain the feeling of accomplishing your own goals and how it feels after all the early mornings, hot and bitterly cold days, what it feels like to finally reach that finish line: There is nothing like it. At age 22, I was told...

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I was trapped in the middle of two exploding bombs – Stephanie Bland (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in 2013, Bland - Stephanie, F 18 - 34, Michigan

I was trapped in the middle of two exploding bombs – Stephanie Bland (April 15, 2013)

This is my real life story. I’ve never been so excited, so nervous, so overwhelmed as I was to be able to run the Boston Marathon, especially after having my baby just 3 ½ months earlier. I was so proud I could share this experience with my mom, dad, husband, and my beautiful baby boy Brady. I just kept thinking one day Brady will look back at say “Wow, my mom ran the Boston Marathon and I was there!” The race was everything to me and more. Words cannot even describe the emotions I felt running through each town, with the cheers of the crowd on both sides of the race. Everyone was so...

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