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Boston Marathon 2018

Boston Marathon 2018

The Boston Marathon is more than a race.  The entire weekend is a celebration of running with other athletes from around the world. I thought about making this into two separate posts but you really can’t have the race without everything else so here it is in one long recap.  (Feel free to skip down to the race portion!)  I’ve run this marathon three times now and have had three completely different experiences.  In 2013 I was there during the…

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Not Boston Bound 2014

Not Boston Bound 2014

This morning the Boston Marathon opened registration for runners who have met the qualifying standard by 20 minutes or more.  I am extremely tempted to go on and click “register” but I’m not. In the past I have made the comment (many times) that as long as I qualified for Boston I planned on running in it.  Why wouldn’t I?  In my opinion Boston is the marathon of all marathons.  The journey to run this one race took many years…

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The Boston Marathon- Part Two: Race Report!

The Boston Marathon- Part Two: Race Report!

Monday, April 15th was a day I experienced just about every emotion that is humanly possible.  When it began I felt the way I feel most other marathon mornings but this time it was even more special.  I was about to run the Boston Marathon and I had been dreaming of running this race for years.   The day was full of potential.  Sure, I was anxious and nervous but overall I was very excited. Pre-race jitters Let’s do this!…

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The Boston Marathon- Part One “The Best of Boston”

The Boston Marathon- Part One “The Best of Boston”

I have never had to write a two part race report before but I just don’t see any way around it this time.  So much happened in just a few short days on my trip to Boston.  I still don’t know if I’m ready (or will ever be ready) to open up about my experience in Boston but I will do the best I can.  Up until an hour or so after I crossed the finish line Monday afternoon my…

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Boston Marathon Update- heading home!

Boston Marathon Update- heading home!

I am at Logan International Airport now ready to head home. I was too physically and emotionally drained to post anything last night. My entire Boston trip experience was amazing until about an hour or so after I finished. I will write more about the great parts of the trip- the expo, seeing the city, and running the best marathon of my life later on this week. Running a marathon is such an emotional experience and to be hit with…

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At the starting line…

At the starting line…

Yesterday the Boston Marathon posted this picture on Facebook and the reality of it has still not sunk in just yet. In just 4 short days I will be crossing the starting line in Hopkinton and working my way 26.2 miles until I reach the finish line on Boylston St. in Boston. It’s been a long road to Boston and it is something that I could have NEVER have done on my own.  I know that when I am at…

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A Bump in the Road

A Bump in the Road

Over the past few years of marathon training, I have found that making it to the starting line injury-free and in top physical condition is much more difficult than actually running the marathon itself.  Sometimes there is a very thin line during training between pushing yourself to your potential and pushing yourself too hard.  I learned a lot of things from my stress fracture two years ago but one unexpected lesson I learned was in gratitude.  Never take for granted…

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Easter and all kinds of stuff!

Easter and all kinds of stuff!

First of all, Happy Easter from Arkansas!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Before I jump into some running and training stuff (Boston countdown- 15 days?!!!) I will start with some of my Easter blessings… Easter morning 2013 We actually had a few minutes to spare before church this morning (could it have had something to do with the excitement of waking up to find their Easter baskets?) so I got them all together to take a picture…

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The LONG Road to Boston

The LONG Road to Boston

The Boston Marathon.  Whether or not you know anything about running or marathons chances are you’ve heard of this race and know it’s a pretty big deal.  April 15, 2013 marks the 117th running of Boston Marathon and hopefully my first! Everyone who has ever run Boston or at least plans to has their own Boston story.  My experience is probably very similar to others.  A few short years ago the thought of me running in the Boston marathon sounded…

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The week AFTER the marathon

The week AFTER the marathon

As a long distance runner, the week AFTER a marathon is one of my least favorite times of the year.  The day or two after the big race are great.  I’m sore as I’ll get out but my emotions and adrenaline are still going strong from the race.  Somewhere around 3-4 days post marathon things start heading south.  I really start to miss running.  If you are a marathon runner you know what I’m talking about and if you’re not…

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