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    Boston Marathon

    Any Boston Marathon fans? It's this weekend - Monday for the actual marathon itself, so the hype is starting around here of course! We moved, so we no longer live along the Marathon route itself, but have to keep in mind all the road closures involved.

    I saw this article, and thought it might interest folks! Fun Marathon Facts
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    Great article - thanks, Karen.

    I knew many of the items mentioned - being from Rhode Island and an avid sports fan. It's always held on Patriot's Day, the 3rd Monday in April. And it is only observed in Massachusetts and Maine. Once upon a time Maine was part of Massachusetts, which is why they celebrate the day

    Some years back, our Federal Income Tax forms were sent to some place in Massachusetts for processing, and when the 15th would fall on a Monday, we always got a days grace.

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    I ran the Boston Marathon in 1984!

    I wasn't one of the official, qualifying runners.. I was one of the many who joined in at the end of the pack who hadn't qualified but just wanted to do it for whatever reason. I wanted to see if I could do it.

    It took me 4 1/2 hours, but I made it! I remember getting to Wellesley (halfway point) and it suddenly dawned on me: Someone has already won this by now! And as I found out afterward, someone had indeed.

    A friend of mine who had done this a couple of years before had talked me into trying it and gave me a training schedule which I had followed for the three or four months previous. As I came into Wellesley center, I suddenly heard "Pat! Pat!", and there she was cheering me on! And then when I got to Beacon St. at Harvard St. in Brookline, there she was again cheering for me.

    Boy, were my legs ever sore for several days following!

    In 1985 I did another one, the Harrow Charity Marathon in suburban London. Another 4 1/2 hours, but again I finished. This one was about six months after I'd had a mastectomy, so I guess it was my way of saying I'm doing just fine.

    That was the last time I did something like that! I kept on running for years and years, but since last year I've had a lot of soreness in my hips and groin and upper legs and sometimes it's painful to walk. I'd love to get back to running again, but I don't know if that's going to be possible.
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    WOW Pat - I'm impressed. I couldn't run the perimeter of my yard (about 1/4 mile), if my life depended on it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    WOW Pat - I'm impressed. I couldn't run the perimeter of my yard (about 1/4 mile), if my life depended on it!
    Thank you, Ellie! But I couldn't run the perimeter of your yard now if MY life depended on it, either!
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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    It's hell gettin old - ain't it??? I'm glad I have company, tho.......
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    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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    Hugs to those in Boston. I do not understand why some people think this violence is necessary or justified.
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    I cannot believe some of those pictures, I am absolutely heartbroken and disgusted. Thoughts to the city of Boston, especially the victims
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    Heartbroken. Honestly. What is the matter with people?

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    I read in the newspaper that the 2014 Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday. I hope and pray it will go off without a hitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    I read in the newspaper that the 2014 Boston Marathon is coming up on Monday. I hope and pray it will go off without a hitch.
    Thank you, we are all basically concerned but determined. A MassArt student pulled a "prank" on the anniversary date of the bombing, claimed it was "art" but got arrested for it, as it was just plain stupid of him, not clever or thought-provoking or anything.
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    That year has gone so so fast.
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    Karen, how was the marathon day? I have only heard good things about it on the radio, which makes me happy. I have a friend from church who was in it
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    Karen, how was the marathon day? I have only heard good things about it on the radio, which makes me happy. I have a friend from church who was in it
    I have friends who went, and they all had a good time! Everything went very well, the weather was perfect, and o no one had any complaints! Just my friend's son, who is almost six, had an unfortunately messy incident - some person had dropped some "gel" energy concoction in a packet that looks like an energy bar in the roadway, and when a subsequent runner stepped on it, Alexander got coated in sticky goo! Otherwise it all went well, the crowds were huge but well-behaved!
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