Archive for March, 2014

28
Mar
14

Ashland to Heartbreak: A dry run

One door closes, another opens.

My training plan for this year’s Boston Marathon included the usual long distances, but I had/have a few specific workouts that I wanted to get in: 10 repeats up (and down) on a long, steep hill; two road races; and a trial run along most of the Boston course itself. Continue reading ‘Ashland to Heartbreak: A dry run’

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28
Mar
14

Michael Kennedy: Marathoner

It was hard not to be reflective on my run this morning. As I jogged from Ayer into Devens, several half-staff flags were in sight. My thoughts immediately went to Wednesday’s tragedy in Boston: 2 firefighters were killed battling a wind-driven blaze.

By late Wednesday, we learned their names and envied their efforts – they selflessly died while attempting to make sure no one else did. And they succeeded: there were no additional fatalities.

For a time, they were just names – Michael Kennedy, Edward Walsh. Continue reading ‘Michael Kennedy: Marathoner’

21
Mar
14

One month till Boston

Sorry I haven’t written in a while. My fingers have been lazy. Not so my legs.

I’ve been training hard and smart for the Boston Marathon, which steps off a month from today. (Wish it was tomorrow!)

This will be Boston No. 5 for me – if I can stay healthy. Just getting to April 21 cannot be taken for granted. There’s no guarantee that I’ll get to the starting line. Just like there’s no guarantee I’ll finish. But so far, everything is pointing to an unforgettable, spine-tingling experience. Continue reading ‘One month till Boston’