Mississippi

“America’s Good Luck Charm” – Woody Harrell (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in 2014, Harrell - Woody, M 65 - 69, Mississippi

“America’s Good Luck Charm” – Woody Harrell (April 21, 2014)

In July 1978, I finished third in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon (described as “among the most strenuous marathons in the nation”), just barely reaching my goal of under three hours. As I circled toward the finish line on the track at the Southern Highland Games, I was certain I was in fourth place. However, way up ahead of me, a running buddy of mine had made a wrong turn and was off course by a mile and a half before he discovered his error, a mistake, he was not able to overcome. It was the only time I ever came close to a marathon podium placement, so none the less, I happily...

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“I was too dehydrated to even cry…” – Amy Ballard (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in 2012, Ballard - Amy, F 35 - 39, Mississippi

“I was too dehydrated to even cry…” – Amy Ballard (April 16, 2012)

For years I wanted to just qualify for Boston. Unlike some novice runners who say they have never heard of the race, running Boston has been my strong desire ever since my first marathon back in 2006. After taking nearly three years off from marathons to have my two babies, I resumed my qualifying efforts, and was fortunate enough to become eligible on my next three tries. But then came the change in the registration process, and I was very uncertain if a four minute cushion would be enough. Luckily, and by God’s grace, it was! While on vacation, I received news that Boston notifications...

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Easier than hunting game in Zimbabwe… – Aaron Ford (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in 2010, Ford - Aaron, M 18 - 34, Mississippi

Easier than hunting game in Zimbabwe… – Aaron Ford (April 19, 2010)

I would consider myself a rookie compared to many other guys and gals on this site, but I’ll tell my story as well. Boston was only my second marathon. I had qualified with my first 26.2 mile race, even though barely making it in after running a 3:09:50! But for Boston, I had set a goal of a sub-three hour race and had been training hard in order to achieve that target. At that time, my future wife and I were engaged to be married a couple of weeks later, and we were meeting an old college roommate now living in the Boston area. I was still in school at the time, but was able to take a...

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“A Postponement for a By-Pass” – Randy Lambert (April 18, 2005)

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in 2005, Boston Marathon, Lambert - Randy, M 45 - 49, Mississippi

“A Postponement for a By-Pass” – Randy Lambert (April 18, 2005)

I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2001. My goal was to complete my first marathon in under four hours, but that day I crossed the finish line at 4:15. I was overwhelmed by such a large race atmosphere and was not prepared for a race of that caliber. A few months later I ran the St. Jude Memphis Marathon where I finished at 3:39. Comparing the two courses, I saw Memphis as the more difficult course. In my mind I knew I could return to Chicago and get the 3:30 BQ time I needed. Shortly after the Memphis marathon I began training seriously for my return to Chicago. What I remembered about the...

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Cashing in on the “Old People Discount” – Lynn O’Neal (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 in 2014, F 50 - 54, Mississippi, O'Neal - Lynn

Cashing in on the “Old People Discount” – Lynn O’Neal (April 21, 2014)

I started running at age 46 while living in Fulton, Mississippi. Since then I have been blessed with a great network of running friends who have encouraged me to keep improving. I ran Huntsville’s Rocket City Marathon in 2011 and missed qualifying for Boston by about six minutes with a time of 4:01. With more intense training and lots more encouragement, I returned to Rocket City in 2012 and qualified with a time of 3:48:38. I tell people I got the “old people discount” because in between I had crossed over into the 50 year old age bracket. I don’t mind: I will take all the time the...

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One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in 2012, M 70 - 74, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

One Red Grape – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2012)

You could see it coming: An early spring heat wave, making its way from the Great Plains eastward across the central United States. The unseasonable weather spared neither north nor south as it baked its way across the country. With only a week to go before the start of the 116th Boston Marathon, BAA warnings began arriving for registered runners. Faced with an ominous forecast, race officials warned: “Only the fittest runners should attempt the marathon,” causing me to introspect, at age 70 and just weeks removed from Melanoma surgery, how I could possibly be in that ‘fittest’ group....

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