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18 Apr 2011
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Today is Patriots’ Day. 

Patriots’ Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts (around 9am). In the morning, a mounted reenactor with State Police escort retraces Paul Revere’s ride, calling out warnings the whole way. (from Wikipedia)

Patriots’ Day is also referred to as “Marathon Monday” in running circles. It is the day the Boston Marathon is run. The Boston Marathon is the most elite running race in the world. You have to finish another marathon within a certain (very strict) time requirement in order to register for Boston. Some people work towards it their whole lives. I have several friends running and am so very excited for all of them!

For more information about the Boston Athletic Association (the group that runs the Boston Marathon) and the race itself click HERE

7 Mar 2011
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I did it. I finished. My goal was to walk the 13.1 miles under 3:30. Our actual Runkeeper & Nike Timekeeper said 3:25:09. My walking buddy (Eric) and I stopped twice, so our official marathon time was 3:36. I am okay with that. :)

Here is my new body part. It’s a double blister named Bert. He is a pain in the arse…I mean, heel, but I will gladly take the reminder that I walked long and hard and earned him.

This is Team MELF. From Left to Right: Lindy, Eric, Me & Robyn. Lindy and Robyn kept a very fast pace (or very fast compared to myself and and Eric!) They finished under 3 hours. Yay for them. I actually “ran” the majority of the last half of the race. We can’t really call my run an actual run, but it was a slow mo jogging motion. It felt better to jog than to <s>waddle</s> walk.

Here are my goods and services. I was disappointed because this year is the first year that the half marathon and full marathon didn’t share the same GIGANTIC medal. Don’t get me wrong…I love my medal, but it’s not as big as Flava-Flav’s clock…and it should have been.

After the marathon, we moseyed (hobbled) over to Sticky Fingers and carb-loaded with some adult beverages. Mmmmm. Beer. Then we went to Robyn’s house and continued the party. Then I took a long hot bath and promptly fell into a coma.

I feel very accomplished and oh so proud of myself for completing the half. I can honestly say, I have absolutely no desire to do a full… Just no. Thank. You.