Rhode Island

A Finisher’s Medal and a Cowbell – Brian Govednik (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 in 2011, Govednik - Brian, M 18 - 34, Rhode Island

A Finisher’s Medal and a Cowbell – Brian Govednik (April 18, 2011)

In 2010 , like my now husband Brian, I came home from the Boston Marathon with a finisher’s medal. A year later? A cowbell. Okay, maybe I am simplifying things just a bit. The previous year, with Brian running with me, I also came home with more respect than ever for the toll a marathon can take on both the mind and body. And as an on-looker in 2011, I came home with such awe and respect for everyone out there pushing themselves through the grueling 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. I think it’s awesome Brian and I met through our common love of running, and I enjoy going to the same...

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At the finish line, nothing left but pure joy and pride – Kelly Swan Taylor (April 21, 2014)

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in 2014, F 35 - 39, Rhode Island, Swan Taylor - Kelly

At the finish line, nothing left but pure joy and pride – Kelly Swan Taylor (April 21, 2014)

Looking back at this year’s Boston Marathon, I can honestly say it was both the easiest and most difficult thing I have ever done. The love and support from the crowd, volunteers, and fellow runners, especially while approaching the Finish Line, certainly made this race easy. And at the same time, completing the Boston Marathon is truly a difficult endeavor. This year’s race started out a little more organized and, much later in the morning thanks to our decision to drive to Hopkinton, instead of venturing into Boston for the long bus excursion to Athletes’ Village (allowing me more...

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I angrily answered my phone: “What? I’m trying to run a marathon here!” – Kelly Swan Taylor (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in 2013, F 35 - 39, Rhode Island, Swan Taylor - Kelly

I angrily answered my phone: “What? I’m trying to run a marathon here!” – Kelly Swan Taylor (April 15, 2013)

In Boston, No One Runs Alone As a runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon, rather than a day of tragedy, I prefer to remember the experience as one of a special race, with generous people, starting on such a beautiful day. The city truly came together to help its own, and adopted all Boston Marathoners as family. I started my day with very little sleep, and woke at 4 am. I live in Providence, so we had a long trip ahead of us to drive to the Rt. 128 MBTA commuter rail station, and then take the train into Boston to meet the buses to Hopkinton. All of my race gear was laid out the night before, as...

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I never had to fight off any negative emotions. They just didn’t stand a chance. – Michelle San Antonio (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, F 40 - 44, Rhode Island, San Antonio - Michelle

I never had to fight off any negative emotions. They just didn’t stand a chance. – Michelle San Antonio (April 15, 2013)

I usually can’t wait to write a race recap, and my recap of Boston was of course going to be no exception. But circumstances have obviously changed. Despite the emotional turmoil, though, I do want to get these thoughts down, because as time passes, I will forget some of the details – and I don’t want to forget them. I don’t want to forget all the awesome and uplifting moments of the day, because that’s what Boston is really all about. Yes, in some ways it feels wrong to be recounting the good stuff when so many are hurting – and will continue to hurt for...

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