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
anothermotherrunner.com/2017/04/21/257-2017-boston-marathon-recap/

My Boston Build-up as Told on Instagram - Esther Atkins on AthleteBiz
athletebiz.us/blog/my-boston-buildup-as-told-on-instagram/

The Boston Marathon Story - By Jill Geer on AthleteBiz
athletebiz.us/blog/the-boston-marathon-story-by-jill-geer/

To Boston with Love (Part 2) - The Bed Rest Book Club
thebedrestbookclub.com/blog/to-boston-with-love-part-1

To Boston with Love (Part 2) - The Bed Rest Book Club
thebedrestbookclub.com/blog/to-boston-with-love-part-2

Boston Maathon Recap - Bite My Words
bitemywords.com/2017/04/24/boston-marathon-recap/

80-year-old Calgary runner logs another fine Boston Marathon finish - Calgary Herald
calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/fortney-80-year-old-calgary-runner-logs-another-fine-boston-marathon-finish

Meet the Canadian who ran the Boston Marathon 8 months pregnant - Chatelaine
chatelaine.com/living/boston-marathon-pregnant-runner/

Boston Marathon Recap - Jordan Rose
dashingwhippets.org/2017/04/19/boston-marathon-recap-jordan-rose/

Boston Marathon Recap - Sammy Creath
dashingwhippets.org/2017/04/20/boston-marathon-recap-2-sammy-creath/

Boston Marathon Recap - Chris Weimar
dashingwhippets.org/2017/04/21/boston-marathon-recap-3-chris-weimar/

Boston Marathon Recap - Dave K Jaer
davekjaer.com/index.php/2017/04/20/2017-boston-marathon-recap/

Boston Marathon: Oakland Twp. runner gets better with age - Detroit Free Press
freep.com/story/sports/2017/04/16/boston-marathon-oakland-twp-runner-dot-mcmahan/100508878/

2017 Boston Marathon!!!!! - Girl Goes Running
girlgoesrunning.blogspot.com/2017/04/2017-boston-marathon.html

‘Totally surreal experience’: Edmonton woman with rare disorder runs Boston Marathon.
globalnews.ca/news/3401567/totally-surreal-experience-edmonton-woman-with-rare-disorder-runs-boston-marathon/ 

How running the Boston Marathon helped me let go of my anxiety
hellogiggles.com/how-the-boston-marathon-helped-me-let-go-of-my-anxiety/ 

Guiding the Way: On the Streets and in Life
ibm.com/blogs/age-and-ability/2017/04/25/guiding-way-streets-life/?platform=hootsuite

La Jolla-based company helps legally blind runner finish Boston Marathon
lajollalight.com/news/sd-running-marathon-blind-20170425-story.html

Boston Marathon Recap - Laura J Kline
laurajkline.com/2017/04/19/boston-marathon-recap/

Boston Marathon 2017 Race Recap - The Lone Runner
thelonerunner.com/boston-marathon-2017-race/

Boston Marathon Review - Long Run Life
longrunlife.com/boston-marathon-review/

My First Running of the Boston Marathon
marathonandsprint.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/my-first-running-of-the-boston-marathon/

“Prove It” by @Bromka
medium.com/@bromka/prove-it-9256eefbd16a

The Boston Marathon - Megan O'Brien
meganobrien.tv/new-blog/2017/4/20/the-boston-marathon

BOSTON MARATHON RECAP - 3:16:21 - Michigan Marathoner
michiganmarathoner.com/blog-1/2017/4/25/boston-marathon-recap-31621

Sixty Newbury Students Volunteer at Boston Marathon - Newbury College
newbury.edu/news/2017/04/27/1205/

Boston Champ Juggles Marathons, 5 Kids, Kenyan Farm - NPR
npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/04/26/525550556/boston-champ-juggles-marathons-5-kids-kenyan-farm

Running Boston: A dream with a finish line - Positively Brie
reportersbriefing.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/running-boston-a-dream-with-a-finish-line/

Boston Marathon Recap - Rhode Runner
rhoderunner.com/news/2017/4/22/boston-marathon-recap

Fits Race Recaps - 121st Boston Marathon - The Right Fits
therightfits.com/2017/04/fits-race-recaps-121st-boston-marathon/

The Boston Marathon Part 1 - The Road Less Run
theroadlessrun.com/2017/04/21/the-boston-marathon-part-1-traveling-to-new-jersey-the-real-world-apartment-selling-sparkly-soul-headbands-and-everything-else-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-actually-running-the-marathon/

The Boston Marathon Part 2 - The Road Less Run
theroadlessrun.com/2017/04/25/the-boston-marathon-part-2-running-the-marathon-and-all-of-the-thoughts-i-had-before-during-and-after-the-race/

Weekly Recap - April 17 - Recovering from Boston Marathon - Run Canvas
runcanvas.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/weekly-recap-april-17th-recovering-from-boston-marathon/

Boston Marathon Recap & Course Description - Run Eat Repeat
runeatrepeat.com/2017/04/24/boston-marathon-race-recap-vlog/
runeatrepeat.com/2017/04/18/i-ran-the-boston-marathon-and-all-you-got-was-this-lousy-blog/
youtube.com/watch?v=XITtuJDKego&feature=youtu.be

BOSTON MARATHON 2017 RACE RECAP - The Runner Beans
therunnerbeans.com/2017/04/boston-marathon-2017-race-recap.html

Left on Boyston - A Runner's Sole
arunnerssole.com/left-on-boylston/

Endless Pain, Five Seizures, and 26.2 Miles of Never Giving Up - Runner's World
runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/endless-pain-five-seizures-and-262-miles-of-never-giving-up

The Boston Marathon Recap - Running Boston and Beyond
runningbostonandbeyond.com/2017/04/23/the-boston-marathon-race-recap/

Boston Marathon 2017 Recap - Running Fabulously
runningfabulously.blog/2017/04/20/boston-marathon-2017-recap/

The Run of Champions: A Recap of the Boston Marathon ’17 - Running with Faith
runningwithfaith.com/2017/04/24/the-run-of-champions-a-recap-of-the-boston-marathon-17/

2017 Boston Marathon Recap - Running in T Shirt
runningintshirt.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/2017-boston-marathon-recap/

Boston Marathon 2017 Race Recap - Running Wife
runningwife.com/2017/04/boston-marathon-2017-race-recap/

Boston Marathon Team Recap - Rogue Racers
runrogueracers.com/2017/04/2017-boston-marathon-team-recap/

Recap Boston Marathon 2017 - Sara Bozich
sarabozich.com/2017/04/recap-boston-marathon-2017/

Race Recap - The Boston Marathon - Simple Fit Life Colorado
simplefitlifecolorado.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/race-recap-the-boston-marathon/

Racing with Diabetes at the 2017 Boston Marathon - Team Novo Nordisk
teamnovonordisk.com/2017-boston-marathon/

2017 Boston Marathon Recap - Team Shenanigans
teamshenanigans.org/80-2017-boston-marathon-recap/

Boston Marathon Week Part 1 - Terry Runs
terryruns.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/boston-marathon-week-part-1/

Twins Ruan Boston Marathon to Support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
twinsruninourfamily.com/2017/04/twins-ran-boston-marathon-to-support.html

Twins Run Boston 2017 - Leah's Race Recap - Twins Run In Our Family
twinsruninourfamily.com/2017/04/twins-run-boston-2017-leahs-race-recap.html

Boston Marathon 2017 - QBS Companies
blog.qbscompanies.com/boston-marathon-2017/

2017 Boston Marathon Recap - YouTube
youtu.be/Yp7lRlxSYgc





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. 

rundfmc.org/2017/malindah

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!