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“Try hard — try harder!” – Kenneth Posner (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in 2016, M 50 - 54, New York, Posner - Kenneth

“Try hard — try harder!” – Kenneth Posner (April 18, 2016)

On Friday April 15, 2016, I was on the train to Boston to attend a conference on Native American Running presented by Harvard’s Peabody Museum in collaboration with the Boston Athletic Association and other sponsors. This topic has interested me since reading a book by Peter Nabokov which described how Indians ran to communicate, fight, and hunt, as well as interact with spiritual forces. I thought the Indians’ experiences might contain clues to human potential which have been forgotten in today’s technology-obsessed world. I’m glad I went: the speakers talked about the spiritual and...

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Finally, a BQ at Boston – Megan Kretz (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 in 2014, F 18 - 34, Kretz - Megan, New York

Finally, a BQ at Boston – Megan Kretz (April 21, 2014)

Brian and I hit the road early Sunday morning for the 3.5 hour drive to Boston. The drive was uneventful, and before long we were checking in to the hotel and making our way to the expo by 11:00am. The expo itself was a madhouse. There were so many people crammed into the space it was difficult to really see anything. Nevertheless, I picked up my bib, bought a 2014 Boston Marathon jacket, and quickly said hello to some fellow Central Park Track Club teammates, Dani and Grace. The rest of the day was pretty low key. I focused on staying hydrated, eating easily digestible carbs, and relaxing....

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In the last two miles, it finally sank in I was going to finish this marathon – Megan Kretz (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in 2012, F 18 - 34, Kretz - Megan, New York

In the last two miles, it finally sank in I was going to finish this marathon – Megan Kretz (April 16, 2012)

Any story of Boston 2012 has to begin with the weather. Runners anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard were well aware of the brutally hot weather forecast for Monday, April 16th. At first I thought weather.com was playing a cruel April Fool’s joke on us – 89 degrees and sunny in mid April?! I’ve run three marathons before this one and temperatures for all were in the 50’s. Yes, New York had a mild winter, but that meant long runs in the 40’s and 50’s… I hadn’t seen the thermometer break 80 for six months. As the weekend grew closer, the BAA began sending out weather updates...

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I kept screaming, “Just like you’re here for us, we’re all here running for you, for Boston…” – Elizabeth Maiuolo (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 in 2014, F 35 - 39, Maiuolo - Elizabeth, New York

I kept screaming, “Just like you’re here for us, we’re all here running for you, for Boston…” – Elizabeth Maiuolo (April 21, 2014)

If I had to sum up this race, it’d be easy: it hurt like HELL! I suffered every step of the 26.2, but OMG was it worth it! It was FANTASTIC and during the whole race I had to deal with my uncontrollable body and the crowds making me cry and dry-heave all the way onto Boylston. It was pure insanity in the streets! As I was on the second wave, bus loading was between 7:00 and 7:30. I met some friends and teammates at 7:00 in Boston Common, so we could all get to the Athletes’ Village together. Once there it’s so hard to find anyone! The Boston Common was quiet and super organized. We even...

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An Eater’s Guide to Marathon Weekend – Megan Kretz (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 in 2009, F 18 - 34, Kretz - Megan, New York

An Eater’s Guide to Marathon Weekend – Megan Kretz (April 20, 2009)

My running life began when I joined my high school’s track team in January of 2000. I had never run before and thought I might be a shotput/ discus/ javelin thrower or jumper. After it became clear I lacked any sense of coordination, my coach decided I should try sprinting. My first races were the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints. Running fast and short was fun, but I soon realized I would be a much better long distance runner! I joined the cross-country team that fall and continued running and racing competitively throughout my high school and college years. Being a member of the cross-country...

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Charting my race versus plan – Kenneth Posner (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 in 2015, M 50 - 54, New York, Posner - Kenneth

Charting my race versus plan – Kenneth Posner (April 20, 2015)

“Life is just a place to spend time between races.” — George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience I completed my third Boston Marathon in 2:48:32. This was just over a minute faster than my time in 2014. It was my eighth marathon PR, my fifth PR of the year, and my 12th PR since turning 50. It was my 61st marathon/ultra and coincidentally I came in 61st in my age group… For “A” races, I typically develop a specific pace plan, especially if I’ve had prior experience with the course. The blue line below shows my plan for Boston 2015: it starts relatively slowly,...

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