Running marathons, I never had a great day on a good course in good weather. Of my two fastest races, one was plagued by heat and the other by rain and a sloppy track. But certainly of these two races, Boston 1973 was my best marathon effort. In the late 1960s, I was in the […]
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 […]
After months of training, my wife and I had arrived at the marathon event of the year, the 2013 Boston Marathon. We started together in Wave 3, Corral 6, running for an American Medical Athletic Association charity. In four hours our day would drastically change. A knee injury forced me to slow my pace and […]
Do you have a bucket list? Do you have goals to check off? For five and a half years, my big dream was to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is the mecca for many long distance runners. The race has a rich history. Having to qualify with a time from a previous […]
Running in the elite women’s start—an opportunity I’ve never had before—was one of the things that made me most eager to run Boston again, despite the poor buildup… There is an obvious downside to a women’s-only start: with only about sixty women and obviously no men, you may find yourself alone pretty early. At Pittsburgh […]
I noticed I was no longer sweating. This concerned me, but I was close enough to the end I figured I could make it.
To make things worse, I was getting passed by what seemed like hundreds of runners at this point. They were like a river running past me. I thought it was even thousands, but looking back and knowing my final placement, it was probably about 1,000 runners that passed me between the half and the end… […]
The Boston Marathon experience is, for the serious runner, the ultimate rush of emotions… excitement, fear, pride, and for first-timers, overwhelming. My first Boston experience is a memory I will hold onto for the rest of my years. I began running in my 30s and quickly became inspired by the challenge of distance running. I […]
Although I was more of a plugger and a plodder than a natural speedster, from an early age I always enjoyed long distance running. While in college during the mid 1960s, I ran cross country for North Carolina State University. However, my first experience running in, or even seeing, a marathon was a new event […]
Because there’s no way I could describe what it was like to experience Boston, I won’t even try. Instead, I’m just going to say “Thank You.” Thank you to mother nature for providing a day that was, though not ideal for runners, perfect for spectators and volunteers. Thank you to the Boston Police Department for […]
I saw a spectator with a sign that may be my all-time favorite. It read, “High five if you’re just doing this for the pizza.” I gave her a high five. It’s like she knows me.
After two miles, we reached an aid station. I was so thirsty my throat felt bone dry. I drank both water and Gatorade. After that, there were aid stations every mile. I drank more than one cup at several of them, but I always felt thirsty. It was that kind of day… At seven miles, […]
“A little bit of rain. A little bit of wind…” [After navigating through some of the toughest conditions the race has ever seen, Jolie Hales posted this video which captures the true feel of her first experience running the Boston Marathon.] Jolie Hales Age – 36 Tustin, California Bib # 18450 4:43:08
To race in the Boston Marathon, you need to run a qualifying marathon faster than a “qualifying time” which depends on your sex and your age (unless you agree to raise lots of money for approved charities). I just squeaked in with a qualifying time, so of course I had to race it. My goal […]