Later that year I ran Chicago (4:27:15), and then work and life took me from Boston to San Diego. After taking a few years to settle in, I decided to make a push to qualify for Boston at the 2010 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. I had the race every runner has nightmares about: I bonked at mile 16 and never recovered. 4:12:55. I was devastated. Maybe marathons weren't for me. And so I retired from marathon running.
April 15, 2013. Even living in San Diego, Marathon Monday still held a special place in my heart. Boston is the kind of city that stays with you. The people, the pride, the tradition, the excitement are unforgettable. Marathon Monday is a day unlike any other. Like countless other Bostonians and runners, the effect of that particular Monday tore through me. But the resilience and unity the city and community showed in the days, weeks, and months after inspired me, not only as a runner, but as a person.
Later that summer I became intrigued with this phenomenon taking over my Facebook newsfeed from Boston, the November Project. The November Project is a free, open-to-the-public exercise group founded in 2011. Started with a couple of Northeastern crew alumni friends meeting for a cross training workout, the movement quickly grew across four time zones. Project November uses a simple sense of accountability to motivate and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels to get out of their beds and get moving. It is a community dedicated to free fitness, but more importantly dedicated to each other. To having fun, to removing people from their cell phones and treadmills, and to encouraging real, live human interaction, mainly through sweat, high fives, hugs, and a few enthusiastic F-yeahs!
Leading and growing November Project has introduced me to countless inspirational and supportive people. Prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon, I wrote a blog post for November Project about my love affair with the city of Boston. And I vowed I would be back in 2015 to run the marathon. The quest to qualify was born.
|November Project - A gathering of the San Diego tribe|
Boston, I'm coming back.
San Diego, California
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