Going through some major life changes at the age of 40, I took up running, mainly running for health reasons, doing an occasional 5k. I didn’t attempt a marathon until after my wife bought me Hal Higdon’s book, and I decided to race the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in 2007. I didn’t know any better and decided I wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Part ambition and part naivety.
|Training on Boylston Street, the day before...|
|Racing on Boylston, the day of...|
Never having heard a bomb go off, we didn’t know what it was. The second blast was clearly further away, as it was slightly muffled compared to the first. It was not for another 20-30 minutes at the nearby Loews Hotel where bits of news started to flow in. Very quickly, phones were jammed and we couldn’t reach family back home who were obviously wondering if we were impacted. I’d learn later my daughter’s friend at high school asked her if I was okay. She didn’t know what had happened yet, and was panicked for several hours before we could connect and tell her I was okay.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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