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“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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“This trip was all about the weather and it plagued us the entire time.” – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 in 2007, M 65 - 69, Mississippi, Williams - Kenneth

“This trip was all about the weather and it plagued us the entire time.” – Kenneth Williams (April 16, 2007)

It took me a dozen years to get to Boston the first time. Then it took another 12 years to get back for my second. I ran my first marathon in Chicago in 1978. After that, I continued running marathons, but I limited them to one per year. I would run, cut back to maintenance mileage for several months, then build up mileage and run again. With each marathon, I always tried to improve my time enough to attain the dream of all marathoners: Boston Qualification. But the goal was elusive… Five years passed, then five more, and I was still trying. Along the way, I filled up an impressive dance...

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Not Ready for the Kenyan JV Team – Steve Penrose (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 in 2007, M 60 - 64, Penrose - Steve, Texas

Not Ready for the Kenyan JV Team – Steve Penrose (April 16, 2007)

It’s three days to the Patriots’ Day holiday, or more correctly, Marathon Day. I head down to the convention center to pick up my official number and information packet. There are about 23,000 people signed up to run, but few show up right at the opening and the volunteers process us smoothly and quickly. Naturally the exit from the number pick-up leads directly to a massive exposition where purveyors of everything associated with running—shoes, clothes, watches, energy foods—compete for attention. Attractive young male and female salespeople assure me that just this one last item...

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