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“Not just anyone can run in the Boston Marathon.” (signed) Mom & Dad – Deborah Casola (April 20, 1998)

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 in 1998, Casola - Debbie, F 40 - 44, Virginia

“Not just anyone can run in the Boston Marathon.” (signed) Mom & Dad – Deborah Casola (April 20, 1998)

What happens on the third Monday in April in Boston? Ask a Bostonian and they’ll say it’s Patriot’s Day. Ask any runner and they’ll tell you it’s the day of the Boston Marathon, the granddaddy of all marathons. One day in 1997 while on a run, my friend Miles and I were talking about Boston – he’d run it a few times. I told him since Bill worked at Digital, one of the race sponsors, I could run with one of their corporate bibs. I hit a nerve… A nerve I later completely understood. Miles said I should only run Boston if I earned a spot in the race, and based on my track and long...

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Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in 2010, Casola - Debbie, F 50 - 54, Virginia

Twelve years earlier, Heartbreak Hill seemed like nothing; this time around, it kicked my butt! – Debbie Casola (April 19, 2010)

Our Cruiser running group enjoyed a fun weekend filled with attending the huge Boston Marathon expo and packet pick-up, the guys’ 5K on Sunday morning, and our pre-race dinner on Sunday night. After dinner, we got back to our hotel, and before heading to bed, I tied my chip to my shoe, and set out my clothes, bib, banana, water, etc. for race morning. The only thing left to do was run the marathon on Patriots’ Day! Monday morning, I woke up easily to a beautiful sunny day and my entourage escorted me to the bus pick-up area. The lines were crazy long and Alan and I couldn’t find Candy...

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A Brief Detour to Cot #12- Elizabeth Clor (April 18, 2016)

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in 2016, Clor - Elizabeth, F 35 - 39, Virginia

A Brief Detour to Cot #12- Elizabeth Clor (April 18, 2016)

In 2007, I wrote a post in my Myspace blog in which I discussed the differences among plans, goals, dreams, and fantasies. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon fell into the “dreams” category at that point. My marathon times were nowhere near fast enough for Boston to seem feasible, but I thought if I continued to progress, I might get there eventually. I initially approached qualifying for the Boston Marathon as someone who enjoyed the personal satisfaction of running marathons and wanted to get to the next level.  But at some point, things progressed far beyond having a competitive...

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“Plan your run, and run your plan.” – Sherry Spinks (April 20, 2015)

Posted on May 22, 2015 in 2015, Boston Marathon, F 18 - 34, Spinks - Sherry, Virginia

“Plan your run, and run your plan.”  – Sherry Spinks (April 20, 2015)

The Boston Marathon was everything I hoped it would be. Well, it would have been nice if the weather was a little better. But, hey….the weather could have been much worse. The temperatures were actually nice (started in upper 30’s and stayed in 40’s). However, there was a strong headwind (gusts up to 37 mph) and it rained pretty much the entire 26.2 miles! I was completely DRENCHED by the end of the race. But, do I really look like I cared? The rain started as soon as I lined up in my corral on the start line. But, I knew it was coming. I had been watching the weather for days leading...

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Andrea looked over at me and said “What a view we have!” – Kris Lawrence (April 20, 2015)

Posted on May 17, 2015 in 2015, F 18 - 34, Lawrence - Kris, Virginia

Andrea looked over at me and said “What a view we have!” – Kris Lawrence (April 20, 2015)

If you had asked me in early March if I was going to be running the Boston Marathon, I would have replied with a “maybe.” Because of a minor four week setback with my calf, at that point my training was not near where I had planned to be. I was running again, but with my end goal being a 2:43 marathon, anything less than knocking it out of the park was not going to cut it. Then on Friday the email pictured below popped up in my inbox. I reread it about ten times, while mumbling “Do they have the right Kristen Lawrence?” “Selected to participate in the Elite Women’s Start (EWS) for...

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Choosing to run rather than drive the bus – Billy Pearlman (April 2000)

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in 2000, M 40 - 44, Pearlman - Billy, Virginia

Choosing to run rather than drive the bus – Billy Pearlman (April 2000)

In April of 2000 a relationship began. A runner fell in love with a city. Back in the summer of 1989, after doing some hiking in the Green Mountains, my cousin and I took in a Saturday afternoon game at Fenway Park. It was my first look at the city, but only a five hour stop over. I could feel the “thunderbolt” coming, but I had not quite fallen in love (yet). Having raced bicycles most of my youth, I transitioned to running in 1998 at the age of 39. Richmond was my second marathon and qualified me for Boston. I had intended and expected to better the time requirement. However,...

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