Tennessee

“The joy is in the journey: Boston is the reward.” – Joy Gray (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in 2010, F 18 - 34, Gray - Joy, Tennessee

“The joy is in the journey:  Boston is the reward.” – Joy Gray (April 19, 2010)

I started running to lose baby weight with a 2001 New Year’s resolution. My goal was to lose the last 10 or 20 pounds from my second pregnancy. I initially used running as a tool to see how ‘small’ I could get. I truly believe running saved me. One day after an eight mile run, I got very confused, and I think it was caused by an extreme low-carb diet. I was that dedicated. In the end, though, I chose running because it provided me much more satisfaction than just a low number on the scale. I was the only one of five children to earn a high school diploma. I found running made me feel...

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“I Have Unfinished Business in 2014” – John Hazen (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, Hazen - John, M 60 - 64, Tennessee

“I Have Unfinished Business in 2014” – John Hazen (April 15, 2013)

My Journey started on a very good day, as I was blessed to qualify in my very first marathon, September 2012, at Presque Isle, Lake Erie, PA, running a 3:52:00, three minutes under my BQ time of 3:55. At age 60, I was the oldest runner from Shelby County to run the 2013 Boston Marathon. Jan Jensen, a fellow runner in the Gazelles & Geezers and Germantown Thoroughbred groups, and a Boston Marathon veteran, convinced me I should try a full marathon, based on good runs I ran at the St Jude’s 1/2, Gulf Coast 1/2 Ironman, and Navy Nautical 10 miler. Jan ran a PR at Presque Isle and also...

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“My legs were screaming to stop, but my brain wouldn’t listen.” – Joe Peters (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 60 - 64, Peters - Joe, Tennessee

“My legs were screaming to stop, but my brain wouldn’t listen.” – Joe Peters (April 15, 2013)

I am a practicing physician in southwest Tennessee’s Hardin County, and live in a small community just north of Corinth, Mississippi. I started running seriously later in life, and over an eight year period worked my way up from 5k’s to marathons. I first ran Boston in 2011, after qualifying in 2010. I thought I was in heaven! There is nothing to compare with the Boston Marathon (at least for me)! I have qualified four times for Boston since 2010, but did not run in 2012 due to a severe knee injury just one month before the race. I had knee surgery the week after Boston 2012, and spent...

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“The sweetest e-mail a marathoner could hope for” – Dallas Smith (April 15, 2013)

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 in 2013, M 70 - 74, Smith - Dallas, Tennessee

“The sweetest e-mail a marathoner could hope for” – Dallas Smith (April 15, 2013)

Most of the stories on BOSTONlog concentrate on a runner’s effort to qualify for Boston and the personal experiences of race day. This story is unusual, as it concerns a happy ending four months later… Today I received the sweetest e-mail a marathoner could hope for. For four months I told everyone I had finished fourth in my age division at the 2013 Boston Marathon, broadcasting it on Twitter and Facebook and even saying it in a radio interview. But all the while I knew it wasn’t true. Boston had made an error in my time. I’d actually finished third, hence a podium position....

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“Buddy, you are a WINNAH!” – Brad Box (April 18, 2011)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 in 2011, Box - Brad, M 40 - 44, Tennessee

“Buddy, you are a WINNAH!” – Brad Box (April 18, 2011)

There are days in our lives we know our family and friends will mention at our funerals. Today is one of those days for me. The Boston Marathon experience is so incredible I could write 20 pages about it (and probably will at some point). There is one critical point I want to share now. The race went just as I had planned. I was able to stay dead on an 8:00 minute pace through 30k, even with three bathroom pit stops. At 30k, I felt great and started obsessing about running well below a 3:30. That goal became all-consuming for several miles. I looked at my watch constantly. The race suddenly...

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“Run with endurance the race set before us…” – Brad Box (April 20, 2009)

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 in 2009, Box - Brad, M 40 - 44, Tennessee

“Run with endurance the race set before us…” – Brad Box (April 20, 2009)

On Sunday night before THE MARATHON, I set the alarm in the hotel for 5:20 eastern time, got a wake up call, and set the alarm on my BlackBerry. I slept surprisingly well…. But I still woke before five (which is before four at home). I meticulously set out all my gear on Sunday night. Much the way I did before Chicago, I spent the first hour of the morning quietly, almost ritualistically putting together my gear and packing everything into the bright yellow Boston Marathon “drop bag” while prayerfully meditating about this run. I sent my daily text, and as I have done with...

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