Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 22

Thread: Boston Marathon

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Posts
    36,751

    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
    I've Been Frosted

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    8,557
    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.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    13,269
    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.
    Last edited by phesina; 04-13-2013 at 05:00 PM.
    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."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    Posts
    9,103
    WOW Pat - I'm impressed. I couldn't run the perimeter of my yard (about 1/4 mile), if my life depended on it!
    I've Been Boo'd
    Thanks, Barry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My little dogs - two heartbeats at my feet.
    by Edith Wharton & Me
    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Posts
    13,269
    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."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    Posts
    9,103
    It's hell gettin old - ain't it??? I'm glad I have company, tho.......
    I've Been Boo'd
    Thanks, Barry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My little dogs - two heartbeats at my feet.
    by Edith Wharton & Me
    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Middle Tennessee, USA
    Posts
    2,693
    Such a scary scene they are talking about from there right now.

    Time helps the sadness subside, but the memories remain forever.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Posts
    36,751
    It is, although from what we see, both explosions look small, but there is no known cause yet, unjust speculation ranging from electrical issues, gas issues to "bombs" and no one knows much. Right now they are saying 6 people are known injured.
    I've Been Frosted

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    Posts
    9,103
    How tragic! 2 dead - 28 injured is the latest count.
    I've Been Boo'd
    Thanks, Barry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My little dogs - two heartbeats at my feet.
    by Edith Wharton & Me
    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Posts
    36,751
    Yes, and now they are saying there were at least 2 homemade bombs, and they found one that had not exploded, so hopefully they will be able to find out who did this, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
    I've Been Frosted

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    Posts
    9,103
    CNN is reporting that a 3rd bomb exploded at the JFK library, and now the injured count is 49 with 6 of them critical, I imagine this will be changing thru the night as more info comes in.

    What is wrong with this crazy world???????????
    I've Been Boo'd
    Thanks, Barry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My little dogs - two heartbeats at my feet.
    by Edith Wharton & Me
    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Illinois, USA
    Posts
    25,159
    This is so sad. Boston Marathon day should be a day of celebration, not fear.
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!


    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

    Cassie's Catster page: http://www.catster.com/cats/448678

  13. #13
    This is really sad I hope those who are injured will be ok

    Zeke, Clover, Loki and Shadow

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Waltham, MA, USA
    Posts
    36,751
    There reports of injuries are now up to at least 60, and there are many in critical condition at local hospitals. News reports are now saying it was not a bomb at JFK Library site, but a fire.

    As I left the house to go mail our taxes a little while ago, a large helicopter flew overhead quite low, maybe support from local military. Much of that area of Boston is closed right now, and while train service is back up and running, they are asking people to stay inside.

    The BSO concert for the evening has been cancelled - Symphony Hall is a quick walk from there, and there is a lot of confusion, of course. We look forward to answers as the days move forward, and will keep the injured innocents in our prayers.
    I've Been Frosted

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Litter Box, Greenville, SC
    Posts
    4,918
    Hugs to those in Boston. I do not understand why some people think this violence is necessary or justified.
    Anne
    Meowmie to Mr. Spunky, Samwise, Lady Jane, Bob, and Callie.


    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!



    RIP Emily (Oct 8, 2013), Rose (Sept 24, 2001), Maggie (Fall 2003)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Copyright © 2001-2013 Pet of the Day.com