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Apr 20, 2021 - 6:34:09 AM
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On April 20, 1981, I ran the Boston Marathon.

An excerpt from my written account ...

'26.2 miles is the distance from Hopkinton to downtown Boston. When I recall my run that day, I remember how I felt toward the end of the race. Both my body and mind were worn out from the 3-hour battle. There was a strong temptation to walk as my endurance waned and my will to continue weakened.

I was able to fight through it though because of the surge of adrenalin I received from the enthusiastic throng of spectators. During those last few miles, applause and shouts rang from a great cloud of witnesses ... 'KEEP RUNNING, STAY THE COURSE, NOT MUCH FARTHER, YOU CAN DO IT!'.

A final turn onto Boylston Street and there it was ... the famed Boston Marathon finish line. Feeling a blend of both relief and joy, I was met by race volunteers who ushered me to the place where I could get warm and nourished.'

(Forty years later, it remains a vivid memory. As a matter of fact, I still run about 15 miles per week ... a much slower pace of course.)

Edited by - Carter Canyon on 04/20/2021 06:34:58

Apr 20, 2021 - 8:28:50 AM

57166 posts since 12/14/2005

As I recall, the original dude was carrying a message about the battle, made the run, gasped "VICTORY!" and died.

I thought a MAJOR point of the original story was
"Don't run nonstop for 26.2 miles, because it'll probably KILL you!"

Good to know that people are TRAINING to do it, so it does NOT kill them.
Still, I ain't going to risk it.

Apr 20, 2021 - 8:58:56 AM
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phb

Germany

2621 posts since 11/8/2010

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

As I recall, the original dude was carrying a message about the battle, made the run, gasped "VICTORY!" and died.

I thought a MAJOR point of the original story was
"Don't run nonstop for 26.2 miles, because it'll probably KILL you!"

Good to know that people are TRAINING to do it, so it does NOT kill them.
Still, I ain't going to risk it.


Well, the original dude did it having fought a battle and running in full armour and only after a good part of the way threw his sword and shield away. But then he ran a little over a mile less because today's marathon distance is a result of the London olympics of 1908 where they added a short detour to the Buckingham Palace resulting in the famous 42.2km distance. 

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:09:34 AM

phb

Germany

2621 posts since 11/8/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Carter Canyon

On April 20, 1981, I ran the Boston Marathon.

An excerpt from my written account ...

For one moment you had me wondering whether you actually wrote your account during the marathon. No wonder with all the people with selfie-sticks you can nowadays see in the crowd.

 

3-hour battle

You ran it in three hours? I'm impressed! I'll never be able to run such a fast marathon, I'm too heavy for that. My best is still a 3:51 and I fear I won't be able to repeat or even improve on that.

 

I was able to fight through it though because of the surge of adrenalin I received from the enthusiastic throng of spectators. During those last few miles, applause and shouts rang from a great cloud of witnesses ... 'KEEP RUNNING, STAY THE COURSE, NOT MUCH FARTHER, YOU CAN DO IT!'.

The Berlin marathon draws quite a big supportive crowd but unfortunately the last ten kilometres or so are mostly in areas with more offices and shops than residences which means less support exactly when you need it most. I wonder when we will be able to have such an event again. I only used to register for it to force myself to do all the running necessary to get through it and I have been running a lot less since the pandemic started.

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:21:32 AM
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I once entered a half marathon, and trained for a good few months for it. About 5 miles in I was overtaken by a man dressed as a Cornish pasty, and decided never to run again.

Apr 20, 2021 - 10:13:24 AM

49 posts since 4/13/2021

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Originally posted by Edthebanjo

I once entered a half marathon, and trained for a good few months for it. About 5 miles in I was overtaken by a man dressed as a Cornish pasty, and decided never to run again.


Thanks for making me laugh. I've run many races over the years and can relate to the humbling experience of being passed by a 'not so serious' runner. 

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:54:14 AM
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Originally posted by Edthebanjo

I once entered a half marathon, and trained for a good few months for it. About 5 miles in I was overtaken by a man dressed as a Cornish pasty, and decided never to run again.


THIS guy??

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:59:34 AM

USAF PJ

USA

247 posts since 9/19/2014

Right on Gary!! That is a great memory. A historic race. Glad that you are still running. Curious in 1981 did it have a lottery system?

Say active, injury free, and enjoy these days. If I make my way your way, maybe a light run and some playing?

Edited by - USAF PJ on 04/20/2021 12:00:37

Apr 20, 2021 - 12:06:55 PM

49 posts since 4/13/2021

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Originally posted by USAF PJ

Right on Gary!! That is a great memory. A historic race. Glad that you are still running. Curious in 1981 did it have a lottery system?

 


Back then there was no lottery system and you could run the race as a 'bandit' (a nonqualifier). There were no corrals, everyone started together. You lined up according to your projected pace. 

Apr 20, 2021 - 1:40:37 PM

49 posts since 4/13/2021

Running the high desert this winter ...

Edited by - Carter Canyon on 04/20/2021 13:55:58

Apr 20, 2021 - 1:50:36 PM

2273 posts since 3/29/2008

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory
quote:
Originally posted by Edthebanjo

I once entered a half marathon, and trained for a good few months for it. About 5 miles in I was overtaken by a man dressed as a Cornish pasty, and decided never to run again.


THIS guy??


Not quite, the pasty I was racing had a much more serious expression on its face.

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