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Quinn Strong: Running with the power of purpose – Randy Pierce (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 in 2015, M 45 - 49, New Hampshire, Pierce - Randy

Quinn Strong: Running with the power of purpose – Randy Pierce (April 20, 2015)

I didn’t choose to go blind. But the choice I made after going blind, that’s what defines my life. On a cold, gray April day, running into a headwind and then steady rain, this choice led me to the hilly, grueling Boston course. Here, on this most unlikely day, I beat my previous personal marathon best by almost 24 minutes. A week after the race, while I’m still basking in an exuberant glow from the race itself, as well as the thousands of congratulations, at this point Boston feels like a lifetime ago. There is, however, a potent take-away message for me I thought worth sharing...

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“I had just gotten out of the city, away from the devastation, and now my husband was heading directly into it.” – Julie Benson (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Benson - Julie, F 35 - 39, New Hampshire

“I had just gotten out of the city, away from the devastation, and now my husband was heading directly into it.” – Julie Benson (April 15, 2013)

I woke up the morning of April 15 th, 2013, ready to conquer a marathon. Literally. I had trained for the past four months with every fiber of strength, passion, tears, and determination to run through eight cities totaling 26.2 miles. The winter of 2013 was an unforgiving one. My long runs were constantly tested through blizzards, ice, and sub zero temperatures. Yet I persevered because I believed I could do it. That I was strong, that nothing could stop me. “Bring it on!” was my mantra. One particular weekend I had a 15-mile run scheduled, but Mother Nature dumped two feet of snow in my...

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