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April 22, 2013



Michelle, it was so great to read through your journey leading up to Boston and so devastating to watch in horror the tragedy that unfolded on that day. We've been so caught up in the aftermath that this post was so refreshing as it let us remember that this day was about the culmination of a journey and of personal growth.

Having far less marathons under my belt than you I can still relate to all your emotions, reactions and memories from the day. I've been anxious, jittery, excited, inspired, exhausted and jubilent all in a day as I wove myself through my given "big races." It's simply amazing each and every time. It reminds me why we push hard when we train - so we make race day our victory lap as you pointed out.

So thanks for taking the time to chronicle your experience. I love the familiar moments you described as well as those about Boston specifically that I'm not sure I'll ever experience as a runner. If I do there's no question that 2014 and beyond will be different in so many ways. including being even more emotionally powerful as it will become an opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the running community and most certainly Boston and it's people.

Lisa @ RunWiki

I am so glad that you put this down, you should have a way of referencing the day and your right, the memories fade, I smiled as read this, because we should celebrate our achievement and additionally grieve the loss, as I said in my recent blog post, it's like having twins and one dies in your arms... we must celebrate and grieve... it's very confusing at times... big huge congratulations on an incredible pr! #BostonSisters

Ang J

Thanks for sharing all this. It's a remarkable, wonderful story.

Stephen jackson

Thank you.

I've been running for a year and missed my 1st marathon because of a hurricane. However, I am running my 1st marathon this year and training to qualify for Boston in 2015 because I love running and the benefits.


not matter what has happened, what is happening, or what will happen, nobody will ever be able to steal these joyous moments from you. ever.

Kim Zabkowicz

Great recap. You ran a fantastic race and no one should take that away from you!
FYI, one paragraph in your recap REALLY resonated with me. I made it into a poster that I have hung by my bed to help me prep for my first full marathon on May 4th. I changed a few words, but the message is the same. Thanks soooo much for your wisdom!!!
"Whether uphill, downhill, or flat, the final 5 miles of a marathon ALWAYS hurt. The key is whether or not you embrace that pain or fight it. I choose to embrace it.
The pain is not going to go away until I stop running, and the only way to stop running sooner is to run faster. So that's what I will do."


Thank you for sharing. While I am new to your blog, following the last of your training and now your experience with this race, I want this too! I have never thought I would run a Marathon, nevermind Boston, but someday I will. Thank You.

Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

Congrats, congrats, congrats!!! You ran such a solid and smart race. I hope I can run Boston as well as you did... those hills hardly took any time off, and you finished so strong! I'm so thrilled for you, Michelle!!


I am glad I waited until I had time to read this slowly and take in every word of your joy and horror. Beautifully written, moving, and I am in tears. Thank you for sharing.

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