Padula – Lauren

“My road back to Boston went through Ventura” – Lauren Padula (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in 2007, California, F 18 - 34, Padula - Lauren

“My road back to Boston went through Ventura” – Lauren Padula (April 16, 2007)

As a college student in the city, I made running the Boston Marathon for a charity team a before-graduation goal. On April 16, 2007, I checked that goal off the list, and in the process caught the marathon bug. 4:25:31. My very first marathon. I remember being in tears. Tears of accomplishment, yes; but mostly of pain. Later that year I ran Chicago (4:27:15), and then work and life took me from Boston to San Diego. After taking a few years to settle in, I decided to make a push to qualify for Boston at the 2010 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. I had the race every runner has nightmares...

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