Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Boston Marathon - Soak It All In

Three months ago today I started and finished the 2018 Boston Marathon. As usual, it's been difficult for me to find the words to describe my experience. There were so many meaningful moments on Marathon Monday as well as on the days before and after the marathon.

I'm publishing this post today in hopes that I will finally put my thoughts and feelings into words and add to this post over the next few weeks - or probably months to be honest. ;-)

In the meantime, I'll share some of my serendipitous moments I posted on Twitter.

3 months ago

I need to start writing about the serendipitous moments I’ve already experienced in Boston before I forget... #BostonMarathon #TogetherForward

While boarding trolley to Expo, receive 2 compliments on my @TwinsRun shirt which led to a nice conversation with a woman from Scotland

While waiting for @WomensRunning seminar, the 2 women sitting next to me complimented me on my @TwinsRun shirt because they both have twin daughters

It was fun to run into Twitter friends: @run_DADDY_run at the Expo & @MarathonMin on the trolley. May the miles ahead be good to you! 💙💛

I got lost in the Expo but found @ScottJurek.

I got lost in the Expo (again) and ran into Dave McGillivray @DMSE

I finally met Neely Spence Gracey! 🤗 And, I told Deena Kastor I loved her audiobook “Let Your Mind Run” even though I cried listening to the part about 9/11 & the NYC Marathon. 😢

Grateful for the opportunity to share my story with @cogwbur: “Your Stories: The Boston Marathon Is More Than A Race”

Your Stories: The Boston Marathon Is More Than A RaceOn the fifth anniversary of that Marathon bombing, we asked to hear from you.

Random stranger asks: “Are to running tomorrow?” then gives a huge thumbs up 👍 

Someone asked for advice since this is her 1st #BostonMarathon and I said “Soak it all in” (while you’re soaked 🤣)

Talked with a #motherrunner who qualified on her 1st attempt! 👍 She’s also here solo & we both won @KTape raffle prize after @runmeb’s talk at #RWBoston Pop-Up Shop. 🙌

It’s always a joy to listen to Meb. He is so kind & has a wonderful sense of humor. 💙💛 #ThankYouMeb #TeamMR8

Thanks to the anonymous donor for your generous donation to @AlexsLemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer! 🍋

Tomorrow should be interesting 🙏🦄

Thanks to @erinkellysays for sharing. Fighting childhood cancer one mile at a time with @AlexsLemonade! 🍋

6 Boston Marathon Charity Runners Who Could Use Your Help

Oops. I meant to add these tweets to my #Boston2018 serendipitous moments thread.

Thanks, mom
#BostonMarathon #Boston2018
1:34 PM - Apr 15, 2018

What are the odds?!? Just ran into @jennbell45!

Then, moments later @jfpschorr & I passed each other on the escalators. 

2 left feet. 


Had a great time at the @Runstreet & @ClifBar #BostonShakeoutArtRun. Will share more photos after I finish the #BostonMarathon

Grateful to hear Amby Burfoot share his story at the @runnersworld Pop-Up Shop today 

Curious to see how my body will handle this weather challenge. 
We’re all in this together! 🌧

Grateful for spectators & volunteers! 
Can’t wait to hand out these @TwinsRun thank you cards! 

And I gave myself a concussion getting on the bus 🚌
Ziploc bag selfie on bus 🚌 to Hopkinton 

And, I have a #BostonMarathon bus buddy! 🚌

I know I’ll regret complaining about this later but I’m so hot on this bus 🚌🔥

“you have a visitor” - a stranger said moments before this squirrel jumped on my leg 😱

Thank you to the kind gentleman who offered to take my photo 

The day after

Right on Hereford
Left on Boylston

Where @LeahCville would’ve been cheering me if she could have
 💙💛 #TwinsRunBoston

Thanks @tracksmith & @CoffeeByLT! 💙💛 

Scrolled through dozens of unidentified photos & finally found my CITGO sign 🙌 #BostonMarathon #TwinsRunBoston

Dedicated my 26.2 miles to Gabe & Alex who inspire me to make my miles matter. Thanks to all for your ongoing support & generous donations. Fighting childhood cancer - one mile at a time! 

There were many moments when I wondered if I was ever going to reach this finish line and I am so grateful for every step it took to get there 

Thanks to Susan Sidoriak from @theSidePorch for sharing these photos of @MalindaAnnHill from the 2016 @Philly_Marathon - moments after she succeeded at her 12th attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon. 

And, look what just arrived by snail mail!  
Congrats @des_linden 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Running Through Grief: The Process of Remembering with More Joy and Less Pain, One Step at a Time

Six years ago today, on Friday the 13th, I received the call from my mom that my grandma (affectionately know as GG by my daughter) had fallen and was in the hospital. While hospitalized, it was discovered that she had advanced lung cancer. As my family dealt with the shock, they worked tirelessly with the hospital staff to make sure her pain was under control. They began to plan to take her home on hospice but she died in the hospital on Monday, July 16, 2012. 

While the intensity of the grief has lessened, the anniversary reaction seems to have hit me harder this year. Maybe it's because the dates fall on the same days of the week? Maybe it's because I'm more emotional about life in general this year? Either way, grief still hurts. I know it's OK to hurt and it's OK to cry. 

I'm grateful that I had such a special relationship with my grandma. And, I'm grateful that my daughter adored her, too. My grandma made us feel loved and valued. She was present. She listened. She cared. She was kind. 

I was reminded of my grandma when I recently saw "Won't You Be My Neighbor" - the documentary about Mister Rogers. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it - and make sure to bring a supply of tissues since I was crying buckets.

I'm also grateful that I started running again shortly before she died. I found great solace as I ran in her memory with Team Lemon to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Each step helped me through my grief and together we have raised over $4,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

I'm also grateful for the power of music that connected me with others and helped me through my grief. A few months before my grandma died, I met Anne through our love of The Afghan Whigs. After we bonded over music, I learned that she recently lost her husband to colon cancer and she was the mother to a young boy. She has shared some beautiful posts about love and grief on her blog:

I'm also grateful for the wealth of grief resources on the internet. What's Your Grief is one of my favorite resources:

What's Your Grief: Dealing with the Anniversary of a Loved One's Death

I am not the only one who has found solace through running. Below are some posts I found about running and grief:

Running Through Grief

Running Brought Us Together. Now It Helps Me Cope With His Sudden Death

Another Mother Runner Podcast #310: Running Through Grief

Real Runners: I Regained My Life After Extreme Loss

Running Is a Great Coping Mechanism for Grief

Running Through the Tears - Hello Grief

I Used to Hate Exercise—Until It Was the Only Thing That Got Me Through My Dad's Death

Running From Grief: Can Moving Forward Heal?

Running Through Grief - Centering Corporations

Running Away: Running Through Grief - Run Oregon

Running Through Grief - Running Dads

A Long and Slow Run Through Grief

Sweating Out The Sadness: Can Exercise Help You Grieve?

The Runner's World Show Episode 64: Running Through Grief

Running My Way Through Grief Not Away From It

Running Through Grief - USAF Marathon

Running Again

Running Through Grief - Run David Run

Running Through Grief - Widow's Voice

Oldest Marathoner Turned to Running to Cope With Grief

How Running Helped Me Cope With My Husband's Sudden Death

Running From Grief - Trail Sisters

Running After Grief: How Exercise May Help You Cope With Loss

Reston Teen Runs Through Grief to Help Other Military Families

Grief Chats: Running Through Grief

How have you coped with grief?

Have you found solace in running?

Have you found comfort in music?

Have you found support on the internet?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Boston Marathon - Links to 80+ Race Recaps

It's been over a month since I finished the 2018 Boston Marathon. I'm so grateful for the support I've received and every $1 donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Unfortunately, as usual, I still haven't finished my race recap. Ugh. I'm determined to gather my thoughts so that I can eventually share my story.

In the meantime, I've enjoyed reading other runners' recaps. Below are the links in alphabetical order by blog or website.

And, if you wrote a recap that you'd like to include, please share your link in the comments and I'll ad to the list. Please note that comments are published after approval.

2018 Boston Marathon Race Report by Jane D.
Adaptive Running

Adidas Created Personalized Videos for 30,000 Boston Marathon Runners in 24 Hours

My Boston Marathon 2018 Race Recap
A Foodie Stays Fit

Sarah Sellers, 2nd Female at the 2018 Boston Marathon
Ali on the Run

Boston Marathon Inspiration & The Women I Admire
Ali on the Run

2018 Boston Marathon - 3:41:19
Amelia Gapin

Race Recap Boston Marathon 2018
Asphalt Kitchen

Boston Marathon 2018 Recap: Marathon 27, State 22 - Massachusetts)

2018 Boston Marathon Statistics

Race Recap: The Boston Marathon!
Bellin Run

Team BIDMC Treads Strong at 2018 Boston Marathon
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)

Boston Marathon 2018 Recap
Blessed with Thunder Thighs

Interview Tuesday: Meet Kentucky and Masters Runner Patrick Jenkins
Bluegrass Runner

10 must-see moments from the 2018 Boston Marathon

Desiree Linden explained why she almost dropped out of the 2018 Boston Marathon

Why I'm Running

The Boston Marathon was all about who could weather the storm
The Boston Globe

Boston Marathon 2018 Live Blog
Boston Magazine

The 2018 Boston Marathon Race Recap
Breathe Deeply and Smile

5 Inspiring Moments From Des Linden Winning The Boston 2018 Marathon
Brooklyn Active Mama

Krista DuChene opens up about balancing motherhood, work, and running on her way to winning third place at the 2018 Boston Marathon
Canadian Running Magazine

23 Elites Dropped Out of Boston Marahon
Canadian Running Magazine

Lessons We Can All Learn from Boston Marathon 2018
Carbs and Kilometres

Boston Marthon Recap
Carlee McDot

Boston Marathon 2018 Race Recap
Catherine Runs Around

Hypothermia ends Waterville native’s Boston Marathon
Central Maine

2018 Boston Marathon
Citius Mag

Thoughts on the 2018 Boston Marathon As Told By GIFS
Citius Mag

Boston Marathon 2018 Recap
Coach Corky Runs

Amby Burfoot On Running Boston 50 Years After Win
Competitor Running

5 Boston Charity Runners Tell Their Stories
Competitor Running

Boston Marathon Race Recap
Cook Stitch Run

Despite bone-chilling downpour and gale-force winds, New York runner, Patrick Cutter, fights for a 2:42 finish at this year's Boston MarathonCorgi Mama Runner

2018 Boston Marathon Race Recap
Crazy Running Girl

Locals conquer the hills and tough weather in Boston Marathon
Daily Progress

Boston Marathon Recap and the Road Ahead
Danny Horgan

Morin: Boston Marathon Recap
The Dartmouth

Together Forward - Garrett Burger's 2018 Boston Marathon Recap
Dashing Whippets

Willpower and Grit - Megan Bongartz's 2018 Boston Marathon Recap
Dashing Whippets

The Weather At The Boston Marathon Overwhelmed The World's Best Distance Runners

Courtice resident runs the Boston Marathon — while suffering from hypothermia
Durham Region

Boston Marathon champ Desiree Linden: 'This is gonna be miserable'

10 Weeks To Boston
Final Surge

Linden, Kawauchi Shock Marathon World in Boston

The 2018 Boston Marathon: By The Numbers

On Marathon's Biggest Stage, Desiree Linden Runs Brooks Sports Past Behemoths Nike, Adidas

Forsyth Central coach, teacher braves elements in fourth Boston Marathon
Forsyth County News

Boston Marathon 2018
Fuel by Rachel Davis

2018 Boston Marathon
Grant Linsell

Race Report: Boston Marathon 2018
Greg Kroleski

Sarah Sellers: the nurse who stunned the world at the Boston Marathon
The Guardian

Adidas Made Video Recaps for Over 30,000 Boston Marathon Runners

Just Run With It: 2018 Boston Marathon recap & a bittersweet goodbye
HPE: High Point Talks

Faith, carbohydrates, commentators, Broncos, and conditions: Krista DuChene takes us inside her Boston win

Mondays Are for Marathons: 2018 Boston Marathon Race Recap
J Bird Run

2018 Boston Marathon
JT Running DC

Boston Marathon Recap
Jaime Kurtz

West Seattle man leaves Boston Marathon with hypothermia, then finishes hours later

Trying to Make Sense of Crazy 2018 Boston Marathon

Sarah Sellers
Lindsey Hein - I'll Have Another Podcast

2018 Boston Marathon
Long Run Life

The 2018 Boston Marathon
Marathon Training Academy

The Boston Marathon Recap 4-16-18
Marathoner Dale

2018 Boston Marathon Race Recap
Matthew Patterson

Race Report: My First Boston Marathon (2018)
Medium - Joy Ebertz

Placing 4th in the 2018 Boston Marathon
Medium - Rachel A Hyland

Boston Marathon Recap
Michigan Marathoner

Boston Marathon Race Recap 2018
Mommy Run Fast

2018 Boston Marathon Race Report
The Morning Shakeout

Five Things We Can Learn about OCR from 2018's Boston Marathon
Mud Run Guide

Boston in a Rowboat
No Limits Endurance

What It Was Like to Run the Boston Marathon in a Freezing Deluge
NY Times

The Nurse Who Took a Very Different Route to 2nd Place in the Boston Marathon
NY Times

Why Men Quit and Women Don't
NY Times

Dr. Erik Heine's 2018 Boston Marathon Recap
Oklahoma City University

Proving Resilience Inspires Resilience, Mile After Mile
One Summit

Why 2018 Boston Marathon Was Perfect Chaos

Here Comes the Rain
Reid Coolsaet - Ramblings of a Runner

BAA 5k & Boston Marathon 2018
Riri Nagao

Boston Marathon 2018 Recap: DNFing is Harder Than It Looks
Run Mary Run

2018 Boston Marathon Recap: Part 1
Runaissance Mom

2018 Boston Marathon Recap: Part 2
Runaissance Mom

Boston Marathon
Runner's World

How to Win the Boston Marathon in Horrible Weather
Runner's World

The Science Behind How Sportsmanship Helped Desiree Linden Win Boston
Runner's World

2018 Boston Marathon Recap
Running Dad

Desiree Linden Didn’t Just Win The Boston Marathon — She Reminded Me Of The REAL Reason I Run
Running From My Problems

6 Boston Marathon Charity Runners Who Could Use Your Help Right Now
Running From My Problems

Race Recap - The Boston Marathon 2018
Running Karma

Boston Marathon Recap
Running Rogue

Harsh weather dampens local runner efforts in Boston Marathon
Santa Fe New Mexican

7 Things to Know About 2018 Boston Marathon Winner Desiree Linden

The physiology of the cold: Why might women out-‘survive’ men?
The Science of Sport

Race Report: 2018 Boston Marathon
SparkPeople - MobyCarp

How Des Linden Beat Fatigue, Weather Conditions to Win the 2018 Boston Marathon
Sports Illustrated

Boston Marathon Race Weekend Recap
Tale of 2 Halfs

Boston Marathon Race Report - Ather H.
Team Run Run

Gallery: 2018 Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon 2018 Weekend Recap Day 1: BAA 5k, Meetups and the Expo
The Thrifty Runner

Boston Marathon 2018 Weekend Recap Day 2: Meet-ups, the Finish Line and more Expo Fun!
The Thrifty Runner

Boston Marathon 2018 Weekend Recap Day 3: Marathon Monday!
The Thrifty Runner

Desiree Linden Just Became the First American Woman to Win the Boston Marathon in Three Decades
Time Magazine

Cancer survivor fights rain, hypothermia, to finish Boston Marathon after midnight

Boston, Finally...

The Wet and Wild 2018 Boston Marathon
A Trail Runners Blog

Marathon Memories: Bring It On

Boston Marathon Recap: 2:58 PR in Unreal Conditions
Two Fab Fit Chicks

Reports of hypothermia as Boston Marathon goes off in miserable conditions
USA Today

Over Those 26.2 Miles, Boston Marathon Runners Leave So Much Clothing Behind. Who Picks It Up?

Your Stories: The Boston Marathon Is More Than A Race

Race Recap: Des Linden Wins Windy, Rainy Boston Marathon On Big Day For U.S.
Women's Running

Boston Marathon 2018 Race Recap

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 Boston Marathon Medal Donated to Medals4Mettle

I donated my 2018 Boston Marathon medal to Medals4Mettle - a 501c3 public charity that collects donated marathon, half marathon and triathlon finishers’ medals and awards them to children and adults for the mettle and courage they demonstrate battling cancer, chronic illness, trauma and other life challenges. I am the Philadelphia chapter coordinator so please contact me for more information.

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