On My Radar: Boston Edition

I’m publishing this post super late because I finally made a very important decision and I’m now ready to share it. Keep reading to find out what I’m doing…

My trip to Boston this past week was amazing. I had a great time with friends and an incredible race day (I’ll be sharing recaps of my trip next week).

Here’s a little sneak peak of the Marathon – thanks Adidas for this video!

 

I’m now back home, unwinding and preparing for my next races. I’ve got the Giants Race, a 10K in Sacramento tomorrow and the Big Sur International Marathon (Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge) next Sunday! Yes. I am running another marathon. I got an email this morning saying they have some extra slots and that I had been accepted to run. How am I feeling?!? I’m super nervous and scared but I’m ready for this challenge.

I’m also mixing things up a bit. This week I’ve been on such a Boston Marathon high. I’ve been reading so many incredible stories of runners and their journey to and from Boston. On this weeks On My Radar I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite ones.

Here’s what has been on my radar this week:

ONE // Cancer Survivor Fights Hypothermia, To Finish Boston Marathon After Midnight

This such an incredible story of pure determination. It took Mary Shertenlieb more than 13 hours to finish the Boston Marathon, but even after her lips turned purple and her body shook with chills, and medical tent nurses urged her to quit, she knew she could finish. She ran to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and had already met a $15,000 fundraising goal, but once news spread about her unusual marathon path, donations kept coming. She has since raised more than $41,000.

TWO // 85 And One Of The Last Runners On The Boston Marathon Course

85 and running Boston…she’s just as much a winner as Des Linden! Katherine Beiers didn’t let the the near-freezing temps, heavy rain, and furious winds stop her from completing her race. She was the oldest finisher last year and this year.

THREE// Boston Marathon Hero, Carlos Arredondo, Runs Boston For The First Time 

Remeber the man in his cowboy hat who was photographed aiding survivor Jeff Bauman after the 2013 Boston Marathon attack?! That was Carlos Arredondo and this year he ran his first Boston Marathon to raise funds for the Arredondo Family Foundation, an organization he and his wife Mélida started to help military families prevent military-related suicide.

FOUR // Wedding at Mile 20 

Susie Eisenberg-Argo and Dave Comstock didn’t experience the Boston Marathon like most runners. They ran, got pelted with rain, and shivered from the cold, but they did something during the race that no one else did, they got married.

FIVE// Runner Plan Boston Marathon Re-Run – Boston 2.0

I saved this story for last because it’s my favorite. Alyssa Maglione is on the MGH team with me, we started the race off together, but at mile 6 she was ushered off course. On Thursday, she shared on our teams Facebook page the heartbreak and  feeling of defeat she was feeling. But when something get’s hard and sad and frustrating, you get back up and finish what you started. On April 29th she will run Boston 2.0 – a second attempt at the Boston Marathon course – with other runners who suffered from hypothermia and had to drop out.

If you or anyone you know would like to be included and/or help with water stops, medical tents, or any other ideas to assist, please let visit the Boston Marathon 2.0 Facebook page.