Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Boston Marathon - Runner, Volunteer and Spectator Recaps

The Boston Marathon has thousands of stories to inspire you. If you were a runner, volunteer or spectator and wrote a recap, please share your link in the comments (posted after approval) and we'll add your link to our list of recaps.

50+ Boston Marathon Recaps (listed alphabetically by blog or website)

Boston Marathon Recap – 2017

#257: 2017 BOSTON MARATHON RECAP - Another Mother Runner

My Boston Build-up as Told on Instagram - Esther Atkins on AthleteBiz

The Boston Marathon Story - By Jill Geer on AthleteBiz

To Boston with Love (Part 2) - The Bed Rest Book Club

To Boston with Love (Part 2) - The Bed Rest Book Club

Boston Maathon Recap - Bite My Words

80-year-old Calgary runner logs another fine Boston Marathon finish - Calgary Herald

Meet the Canadian who ran the Boston Marathon 8 months pregnant - Chatelaine

Boston Marathon Recap - Jordan Rose

Boston Marathon Recap - Sammy Creath

Boston Marathon Recap - Chris Weimar

Boston Marathon Recap - Dave K Jaer

Boston Marathon: Oakland Twp. runner gets better with age - Detroit Free Press

2017 Boston Marathon!!!!! - Girl Goes Running

‘Totally surreal experience’: Edmonton woman with rare disorder runs Boston Marathon. 

How running the Boston Marathon helped me let go of my anxiety 

Guiding the Way: On the Streets and in Life

La Jolla-based company helps legally blind runner finish Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon Recap - Laura J Kline

Boston Marathon 2017 Race Recap - The Lone Runner

Boston Marathon Review - Long Run Life

My First Running of the Boston Marathon

“Prove It” by @Bromka

The Boston Marathon - Megan O'Brien

BOSTON MARATHON RECAP - 3:16:21 - Michigan Marathoner

Sixty Newbury Students Volunteer at Boston Marathon - Newbury College

Boston Champ Juggles Marathons, 5 Kids, Kenyan Farm - NPR

Running Boston: A dream with a finish line - Positively Brie

Boston Marathon Recap - Rhode Runner

Fits Race Recaps - 121st Boston Marathon - The Right Fits

The Boston Marathon Part 1 - The Road Less Run

The Boston Marathon Part 2 - The Road Less Run

Weekly Recap - April 17 - Recovering from Boston Marathon - Run Canvas

Boston Marathon Recap & Course Description - Run Eat Repeat


Left on Boyston - A Runner's Sole

Endless Pain, Five Seizures, and 26.2 Miles of Never Giving Up - Runner's World

The Boston Marathon Recap - Running Boston and Beyond

Boston Marathon 2017 Recap - Running Fabulously

The Run of Champions: A Recap of the Boston Marathon ’17 - Running with Faith

2017 Boston Marathon Recap - Running in T Shirt

Boston Marathon 2017 Race Recap - Running Wife

Boston Marathon Team Recap - Rogue Racers

Recap Boston Marathon 2017 - Sara Bozich

Race Recap - The Boston Marathon - Simple Fit Life Colorado

Racing with Diabetes at the 2017 Boston Marathon - Team Novo Nordisk

2017 Boston Marathon Recap - Team Shenanigans

Boston Marathon Week Part 1 - Terry Runs

Twins Ruan Boston Marathon to Support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Twins Run Boston 2017 - Leah's Race Recap - Twins Run In Our Family

Boston Marathon 2017 - QBS Companies

2017 Boston Marathon Recap - YouTube

Monday, April 24, 2017

Twins Run Boston 2017 - Leah's Race Recap

No words can express how grateful I am to my identical twin sister for sticking by my side for one of my most difficult marathons ever. Despite one bad thing after another sabotaging the race I had trained months for, I was determined to spend most of the Boston Marathon not wallowing in how badly I was feeling (both physically and emotionally), but being appreciative for the support of my sister because without her the entire experience would have been so much worse and not nearly as special and memorable.

My biggest post-race regret is wondering if I’d adjusted my goal before the starting line, could we both have actually enjoyed the time from Hopkington to Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston? Was it ever possible for me to have a relaxed, celebratory, long run to Boylston Street? Or was I doomed to experience extreme discomfort and struggle to finish no matter what? Even though I was struggling for miles and miles, it gave me a boost to see how excited my twin was to be there ... hi-five'ing hundreds of fans, smiling as they called out "GO TWINS RUN!" "LOVE THE SPARKLE SKIRTS!"

I competed in three races before Boston that predicted I was in shape for a 3:42-3:51 marathon (two ten milers in 1:21 and 1:20 and an 8K in 38:53). So I felt relatively confident that under the right conditions I could run my A goal of 3:52, especially since I had previously run Boston in 3:53 in 2013 and 3:52 in 2014. Not only did I have those race performances to boost my confidence, but for the first time in leading up to the Boston Marathon, I had run five long runs of 20 miles or more on the roads, the longest being 24 miles. My final long run was my strongest and fastest and I truly believed I was ready to move past my disappointing performances in Boston 2015 and Chicago 2016 when I ran 4:08 and 4:07. It seemed like an eternity since the last time I achieved my goal in a marathon - Chicago 2015 when I ran 3:49:56 to BQ for 2017, but I was hopeful I could finally break my bad streak of "failures".

The first thing that derailed me on race day was a blister on the top of my right big toe. I can’t believe how something so small can hurt so much, and I’ve never had a blister develop so soon into a race. I was trying to adjust my gait to not exasperate the pain, but it was of no use. After 5K I knew a time goal was out the window, but our pace didn’t really start to tank until after 13 miles, that’s when I realized it was going to be a long, painful day. I was near tears confiding to my sister, “I can’t believe I trained so hard for this and it was all for NOTHING!.” Unfortunately, it wasn't just the blister that I had to endure. As the miles went on my piriformis was seriously hurting me (and I had endured three dry needling sessions a week prior to the race hoping to calm down the area), I got some serious chafing under my right arm and I felt really hungry early on despite eating more prior to the race than I ever had before and taking gatorade at nearly every stop. I had no energy and felt tired by mile 14 and it just kept getting worse every mile thereafter. I was running 11-12 minute pace and wasn't even stopping for a walk break. This was the first time I actually "ran" through the Newton Hills without stopping for a lengthy walk break.

I shared my race photos with a co-worker who asked if I always run with my hair down. Not usually! That’s a clear sign of me giving up on time and hoping for some decent race photos. That’s also why I always run a marathon with lipstick in my pocket. I started reapplying as I was slogging up Heartbreak Hill and a spectator laughed, “Look at her! She’s running and putting on lipstick!” I did so one more time at mile 25 in the portapotty with the added benefit of having a mirror.

I’m so grateful for the amazing spectators who bring plenty of food for the runners, especially along the Newton Hills. When I saw Sour Patch Kids listed as an option on a poster board filled with types of snacks, I doubled back and asked for a bag, screaming “thank you so much! I love you!”

Soon after that I grabbed a bag of pretzels and nearly broke down in tears when I saw a message was written on the plastic bag, “I BELIEVE IN YOU!” That was the only photo I took along the course – a picture of that bag in front of my sister running ahead of me. My husband thinks that kind of motivational stuff is corny, but I NEEDED that so much at that point of the course. Those random acts of kindness is what makes Boston Marathon Spectators the best in the world. I hope I have the opportunity to be a be part of that amazing cheer squad next year.

Random thoughts -

Before the race a group of guys were offering cans of beer. I stopped for a novelty photo of me pretending to grab one. One guy yelled, 'No taking pictures if you're not going to drink it!" Wondering if maybe I should have taking that can. :)

Early on when Malinda started to complain about it being hot before stopping herself, I said with a chuckle, “The sun is giving me energy!” Yeah, right. 😊

A picture is worth a 1000 words and everyone sees something different. One of my fave pictures from the race got these different reactions from two of my friends:

- “Malinda looks all happy and shit and you look near death.”

- “Looking good! A true jock.”

Never grab a shot of alcohol if you think you might spill it on yourself. I must have run almost 6 miles smelling like beer and that was not pleasant. ☹

Nothing is more exciting than running into someone from your hometown. I saw another Charlottesville runner early on in the race and we both agreed it was a day to give up on a time goal. With less than a mile to go, a very speedy Linda Scandore, passed us and said hi on her way to a 10th place Age Group finish and another BQ, surpassing her goal time. WOW!

Power songs that I played over and over – “Alright” by Aaron Sprinkle, “Tough Girls (Got to Tough it Out) by Plastic Ants, and “In this Together” by Apoptygma Berzerk

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Twins Ran Boston Marathon to Support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

It is accomplished - twins ran and finished the Boston Marathon together!

Leah and I are currently compiling our thoughts for our race recaps.

In the meantime, I wanted to thank you so much for all your support. 

Together we've raised $4,565.55 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

I have until May 17 to reach my fundraising goal of $5,000. 

If you can, donate $5 & I'll match your gift. 100% of every $1 donated to Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge supports cancer research.

Also, if you ran, spectated or volunteered and wrote a recap, please share your link in the comments. We're currently compiling a list of recaps for a future post. (Please note that comments are posted after approval.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Twins Run the 2017 Boston Marathon

So proud of my twin for being part of the Boston Marathon in almost every role possible ... as a spectator, a volunteer, a qualifier, a charity runner, and an assistant race director for the Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon helping to give other runners the opportunity to become Boston Bound.

In a week I hope we will be celebrating running 26.2 miles together without any expletives, but certainly some tears. Love you and proud of you, Malinda.  

If you can, consider a small donation of $5 to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - 100% of every $1 donated to Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge supports cancer research. 

Thanks for your support!

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Boston Marathon Countdown

Four months ago today, I qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon at the Philadelphia Marathon by finishing in 3:46:13 (personal record).

Four weeks from today, Leah & I run the 2017 Boston Marathon together. Leah is a time qualifier and I am a charity runner with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

If you can, please consider donating $5 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I will match all $5 donations to double the impact of your generosity.

No donation is too small and 100% of every $1 funds cancer research.

Thank you so very much for your support.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Malinda's 1st Boston Marathon: Running to Support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

I am so very grateful for the opportunity to run my 1st Boston Marathon to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

I chose to run my 1st Boston Marathon as a charity runner with #RunDFMC because 100% of every $1 donated funds cancer research.

Asking people to donate money has never been easy for me - even though I've been running to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer since 2012.

Fundraising is more difficult for me than training for the 12 attempts it took me to qualify for the Boston Marathon - and that was extremely, extremely difficult. ;-)

Thanks again to my friends, family and anonymous donors who have already generously donated to my fundraising page.

Because your support means so very much to me, I've matched every donation to double the impact of your generosity.

As of March 15, my fundraising total is $3,940.

I will continue to match all donations until I reach to my 1st fundraising goal of $5,000.

Leah and I are grateful for the opportunity to run our 1st Boston Marathon together in memory of Leah's brother-in-law, Michael and our grandmother, who my daughter affectionately called GG.

As we run, we will be thinking of our many friends and family who have been affected by cancer.

If you have not already donated, please consider donating $5 to my fundraising page.

No donation is too small and every $1 donated will help us go the distance to conquer cancer.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Are you running the 2017 Boston Marathon?
Are you a time qualifier and/or charity runner?
Have you ever been a charity runner?
Did you have difficulty reaching your fundraising minimum?

Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & Rothman 8K Race Recaps

Many thanks to all the staff, volunteers, spectators, runners and police officers at the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. I was blow away - pardon the pun ;-) - by all the support!

I'm currently gathering my thoughts to share the long story of my 22nd marathon. In the meantime, here's the short story:

Since 2013, I failed 11 attempts to qualify for the Boston Marathon (BQ). On Sunday, November 20, I finally succeeded at my 12th attempt and qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon!

I'm so very grateful for every opportunity to help fight childhood cancer one mile at a time with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's Team Lemon. Thanks to all who have donated to our fundraising pages since we started running with Team Lemon in 2012 in memory of Leah's brother-in-law, Michael, and our grandmother, GG.

I'm also very grateful for the opportunity to run the 2017 Boston Marathon with Leah as a charity runner with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (#RunDFMC) to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

No donation is too small to help fight cancer & 100% of every dollar raised by the #RunDFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,

Any donation is greatly appreciated. And, I'll match every donation until I reach my first fundraising goal of $5,000. Donate $2 (or more) here:

Did you write a race recap? Share your link in the comments and we'll add to our lists.

Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K Reviews on Facebook

Rothman Institute 8K

Rothman Institute 8k; Race Recap by Mastering Running

Philadelphia Half Marathon Recaps (listed alphabetically by blog/website)

Philadelphia Half Marathon on

Philadelphia Half Marathon Race Report by The Daily Fitness Journal

Going with the Flow - Thoughts from the Philly Half Marathon with Coach Teresa

Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:27.44) by Fueled by LOLZ

Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap by Lisa Catton

2016 Philly Half Marathon by Love Life Surf

Philadelphia Half Marathon Recap by Scoot A Doot

Philadelphia Marathon Recaps (listed alphabetically by blog/website)

Philadelphia Marathon Review by BibRave

The Philly Marathon by Candid Celebrations

Relax: Nothing is Under Control by Dashing Whippets

Following Philly Marathon City Official Review New Features by CBS3 Philly

Philly Marathon Recap and Reflections by Dietician Jess

Philadelphia Marathon Recap by I'd Rather Be Strong Than Skinny

The Running Life: Back from Philly, LaFave looks forward to checking off more marathon races

Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap - Part 1 by Lively Chicken

Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap - Part 2 by Lively Chicken

My 4th BQ Finally a Reality - Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap by Mere the Runner 14

Philadelphia Marathon Review by Minnesota Don

Philadelphia Marathon on

Never too late - Becoming a runner at 64 on

Attack survivor, 69, conquers Philadelphia Marathon in racing wheelchair, with helpers

2016 Philadelphia Marathon Race Recap by Planes, Trains and Running Shoes

Philadelphia Marathon - Miles Change You by Race Pace Jess

Philadelphia Marathon by The Road Less Run

26 Things I Saw During the Philadelphia Marathon by The Road Less Run

15 Photos That Define Philly Running by run215

Philly Marathon Recap by Run With No Regrets

A Principal, Her Dad, a Marathon, and a Sweet Tale of Thanksgiving by Runner's World

Philadelphia Marathon Race Report: Vomitphest and a Lesson by Running and the City

Race Review; Philadelphia Marathon by Running with Music

When Life Hands You Lemons by Summer Runs the World

What Nobody Tells You About Training for a Marathon by You Make You

Runners Help Man Cross Finish Line at Philadelphia Marathon by 6abc

Half Marathon & Marathon Recovery 

Fall racing season is over....what should I do next? by PR Training

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Overcoming a Bad Race - @LeahCville's Lessons Learned at the 2016 Chicago Marathon

I ran my 5th Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9th and it was my slowest in that city by about 13 seconds. Even though I didn't have a good clock time, my trip was so special because I traveled with a very good friend who was able to run a huge negative split and PR - go Nicole!

A Goal = 3:55:00 or under
B Goal = 3:59:59
C Goal = finish and still be excited to train for Boston 2017 w/ @malindaannhill

I've qualified three times for the Boston Marathon on this course, but due to a less than ideal training cycle this summer plus a September filled with a serious sickness, extreme stress, and frighteningly low mileage, I knew hitting my A or B goals would be a stretch. However, my coach encouraged me to try because I did have a decent time at the Women's Four Miler in early September.

My plan was to go out with the 4 hour pace group and try to run a negative split. The only time I've done that was in 2008 when I ran the 1st half of the National Marathon in 2:00 and 2nd half in 1:54. I was hoping I could pull that off again, but unfortunately I just didn't have the energy. Should I have started even slower so that I could have at least run a negative split even if my finish time might have been over 4;10? I'll probably obsess & regret that when the ruminating and race dissection phase starts!

The only good thing about this year's race is I didn't feel any serious pain like I did in 2011 when I ran my first Chicago Marathon. After finishing in 2011, I wrote a post about needing a medal for dropping out because I really should have stopped running that year. So even if I felt tired and could barely life my feet off the ground at times, nothing really hurt (except MY PRIDE!)

I started more slowly than I have ever in any marathon in the past 6-8 years, but I just got slower. Sometimes sh-t happens. When you have a bad race it makes you appreciate the good ones even more. Last year I hit my goal of under 3:55 by 4 secs (3:49:56 which got me into the 2017 Boston Marathon!) and I was happy for about one hour, then I started criticizing myself because I didn't run a negative split and I didn't run even faster. This is how my mind works. Even when I achieve something, I dissect it and tear it apart. So I guess it's a little comforting to feel badly about doing badly because that actually makes sense! :)

When I was getting my post-race massage in the Balboa Tent (that experience is worth every penny!), I decided I wasn't going to end Chicago on a disappointing note. Now that I'm a "legacy" I've got guaranteed entry into the 40th running of the Chicago Marathon in 2017 and I plan to be there for my 30th and final marathon. Yes, I mean it. I've been running marathons since 2007 and it seems fitting to end my marathon "career" 10 years later with my two favorite marathons - Boston with my twin sister in April and Chicago with 40,000+ fellow runners.

One final note: When I realized I wasn't going to run under 4 hours I saw a man pushing a running stroller. He had a memorial on his back for his wife who died of ALS in July 2016 and in the stroller was a framed photo of her. I couldn't hold back the tears when I saw that. It put my "failure" into perspective. I had submitted a motivational text for my friend Nicole before the race, "Each mile's a gift! Negative split!" and seeing this man persevere through this race without his wife reminded me that indeed each mile is a gift. I'm so grateful to have been able to run so many miles with so many people I care about and who are important to me. Thanks so much to my coach, Mark Lorenzoni, my twin sister, Malinda, and all my family and friends for supporting me all these years!

​- leah

Random Notes:

Thrilled to see Joan Benoit Samuelson in the 15th floor lobby at the Hilton Chicago on Friday.. My coach told me to tell her he and Cynthia said hi next time I saw her, but alas that didn't happen. :(

Excited to see Deena Kastor sitting in the lobby of the Hilton on Saturday. (really should have had made a bingo card for celebrity runner sightings!)

Disappointed and annoyed at myself for not having a question prepared to ask Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski at the Balboa Tent before the race. ACK!!!!!!! (also regretting not getting a photo of the huge platter of meat at Belly Up before Nicole and I devoured it on Friday!)

Ecstatic to get to shake hands with Florence Kiplagat the winner of the Chicago Marathon (and realized I also saw her at the hotel like 3 times the previous two days)

Happy that Rock City Skirts saw me on the course and took some pictures of me wearing the custom skirt they made per my request! :)

Loved the view from the ladies bathroom at the Signature Room. Wow!

Enjoyed the Wendella Original Architectural Tour the day before the race.

Overjoyed I caught a new Pokemon on the course!

Random Photos:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Malinda is Running the 2017 Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (#RunDFMC)

Malinda & Leah (2013 BAA 5k)
On April 17, 2017, I will join hundreds of  Dana-Faber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) runners who will take to the streets to participate in the 121st Boston Marathon®. The DFMC team runs and raises funds with thousands of  adults and children affected by cancer in mind. From Hopkinton to Boston, we carry thoughts of thousands of adults and children with us every step of the way.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to run for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute because 100% of every dollar raised by the DFMC team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Check out this short video to see how funds raised through DFMC are fueling some of today's most promising basic cancer research.

My identical twin, Leah, finished her 1st Boston Marathon® in 2013. We were reunited moments before the tragedy and deeply affected by the pain so many families had to endure.

In the years following the tragedy, I was determined to qualify for the Boston Marathon® so that Leah and I could run together in memory of those who died and in honor of those who survived.

Since 2013, I've attempted but failed to qualify 11 times while continuing to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.

I am now more determined than ever to qualify during the 2017 Boston Marathon® while raising funds to support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the DFMC team so that Leah and I can run together in memory of Michael, GG, Joe, Susan, Kyle and all those we know who have died from cancer.

Please join us in the fight to conquer cancer!

No donation is too small and 100% every $1 donated will help fund cancer research!

Together, we're headed toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Malinda's 12th Attempt to BQ at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon

Leah and Malinda are identical twins and masters marathon moms.

Leah and Malinda deemed themselves "Twins Run In Our Family" so they could share their experiences running together while supporting causes they care about.

Since 2012, Leah and Malinda have raised $3,054 to support Alex's Lemonde Stand Foundation in memory of their grandmother, GG, and Leah's brother-in-law, Michael.

Leah, the faster 1/2 of @TwinsRun, has qualified for the Boston Marathon (BQ) 4 times and finished 3 Boston Marathons (2013, 2014 and 2015). Leah's application to run the 2017 Boston Marathon was just accepted on Monday, September 19!

Malinda, the slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun, has yet to BQ after 11 unsuccessful attempts:

1st attempt: 2013 Chicago Marathon (4:04:21)

2nd attempt: 2013 Philadelphia Marathon (4:04:40)

3rd attempt: 2014 Charlottesville Marathon (3:56:14)

4th attempt: 2014 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (4:23:56)

5th attempt: 2014 Philadelphia Marathon (3:47:42)

6th attempt: 2015 Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon (3:54:58)

7th attempt: 2015 Charlottesville Marathon (4:19:12)

8th attempt: 2015 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (4:23:02)

9th attempt: 2015 Philadelphia Marathon (4:01:22)

10th attempt: 2016 Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon (4:00:23)

11th attempt: 2016 Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon (4:00:49)

Malinda is training to succeed at her 12th attempt at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20.

Although Malinda has yet to reach her 2017 BQ goal (3:55), you can help her reach her fundraising goal to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer!

No donation is too small - $2, $3, $4, $5 or more is greatly appreciated!

Text LEMONADE E1121983 to 85944 to donate $10 by phone.

Thanks for your support!