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A Marathon Miracle

Many have seen this shocking video and wondered if the runner in the orange jersey was able to get help after he fell from the shockwave caused by the explosion.

The runner is Bill Iffrig, 78, from Lake Stevens and only feet away from completing his third Boston Marathon when the bomb exploded, knocking him to the ground. He was helped up by a BAA official and walked the few short feet to the finish line completing the marathon with only a gash on his knee. Of all the stories of the heroic actions that are pouring out; this one really shows the stuff runners are made of and why the bomber(s) have already lost.

Why does this story stand out among all the others?

Consider the following facts:

- This 78 year old man qualified and completed THREE Boston Marathons.
- He survived a bomb blast that happened feet away from him.
- After being knocked down from the blast, with help from a BAA official, he crossed the finish line.
- Not only did he finish this marathon, his finish time placed him 2nd in his age group.

Let these facts simmer in your mind while reading what Bill Iffrig had to say about his finish:

“I ended up second in my division,” he said. “After you’ve run 26 miles you’re not going to stop there.” His timing chip marked his finish at 4 hours, 3 minutes, 47 seconds.”

And that is the stuff runners are made of – we are stronger than any adversity that comes our way and are always moving forward.

The terrorist cowards who detonated the bombs yesterday thought they could break us with fear. Clearly they knew nothing about the heart and soul of the running community; yesterday’s violent act will only make us stronger. Game over, cowards, you lost.


Boston Marathon Bombing

Statement from the Boston Athletic Association
Monday, April 15, 2013
8:00 p.m. ET

The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by today’s events.

Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.

We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area.

At this time, runners’ bags in Boston which remain unclaimed may be picked up by runners presenting their bib number or proof of race participation on Berkeley Street, between St. James and Boylston. There are no bags at 101 Arlington Street.

At this time, we are cooperating with the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all federal law enforcement officials.

We would like to thank the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support us today.

Please go to the B.A.A. Facebook page –
http://facebook.com/thebostonmarathon — for information.
We post new information as we are able.

Today three people, including an 8 year-old child, lost their lives and hundreds more wounded when two bombs detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. My entire heart goes out to the victims and their families. I cannot pretend to understand their loss.  I would like to acknowledge the bravery of average Americans who ran toward the bomb aftermath to help rescue those wounded and potentially reduced the number of casualties.

I’m going to hold off on speculation of what person or group is responsible for this vile attack while the story is still evolving.  Also, I’m not going to post graphic images showing bloody people and missing limbs that are floating around the internet.

My good blogging buddy, John Ruberry, has run the Boston Marathon three times and has posted his reflection on the attack today in Boston.  The Boston Marathon is the premier running event of the year. It is a  marathon in which runners are required to have run a previous marathon within a certain time frame set forth by Boston Marathon organizers.  You do not buy a bib for Boston, you earn it.  It sometimes takes years to achieve a BQ (Boston Qualifying) time in a marathon making the Boston Marathon even more irresistible to runners.   As of today, I’m no where near BQ  times, however, I have a plan to incrementally bring my half marathon and full marathon times within BQ striking distance this year.  Step by step I will get to Boston.

Whoever is responsible for this bloody attack picked the wrong group of people – runners are masters of perseverance and battling adversities; challenges only make us stronger. The fools who support this tragedy can laugh and cheer all they want, they don’t know that they have already lost.

In two weeks time, I’ll be in Washington, DC to run the inaugural Nike Women’s Half Marathon. The following Sunday I’m scheduled for Philly’s Broad Street 10 mile run where I hope to PR.

I am a runner, I will not let fear dictate my life and will continue to train and run distance runs until I can no longer run.  Bombers be damned.








Running is my Drug of Choice

2012 in Review

Dear Nike,

Thank you for sending me a pair of FlyKnit running shoes this fall, I absolutely loved training with them. The colors are absolutely fabulous as well. I rock the shoes every time I wear them.

#First2Fly with Nike FlyKnit

With your gear and training support from Goals Fitness and Team Philly; I completed 4 half marathons, 1 Sprint Triathlon and the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012.   Working full time and training for these events took careful time management planning and a bucket load of desire to make this happen.  I’m not an elite athlete, yet I set improvement goals with each workout. That is the beauty of sport; there is an unending potential to become better than you were the day before.  Who wouldn’t want that?

All of what I have accomplished and what I will accomplish in the years to come will be through hard work and  proper training – no performance enhancers needed.  

I look forward to training with Nike gear and setting new records in my half marathon and marathon runs this year.  Now off to bed as I have an early morning fitness bootcamp class.

Happy Running!






So You Want To Run a 5K

These Shoes Were Made For Running Broad Street

Recently a blogging friend inspired by my recent Marathon race contacted me asking for advice on  how to train for a 5K.  Oh yeah, I love, love, love welcoming new runners into the fold!  Making the decision to train and run a 5K is one that pays back amazing dividends. You will discover the delight of exceeding what you thought you were capable of accomplishing and understanding that your best is always yet to come.

When I decided to train and run a 5K, I consulted friends who have extensive running experience before I started my training. However, I didn’t know what I didn’t know about running and had crucial knowledge gaps when I first started training which lead to numerous mild injuries.  Whether you join a running group or use a Couch to 5K program, there are a few things that you need to know before beginning any 5K training program. I’ve put together a list of recommendations that will help you avoid some of the pitfalls I experienced as you progress in your running journey.  These recommendations are based on my personal experience and meant to be a useful guide for new runners. You should always consult a running professional for more detailed information.



2012 Chicago Marathon

Lovely Group Shot of Team Philly

It is an exciting Sunday! Two running friends are at the moment participating in the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Go Shanae!  Go Azadeh!  Rock this marathon :)

A good blogging friend, John Ruberry, has run the Chicago marathon from 1990 through 2012 and is a Boston Marathon finisher. He writes extensively on his blog about his experiences running the Chicago marathon.  He was one of the first people I reached out to for running advice when I started training for the 2009 Alex Lemonade Stand Fund Lemon Run 5K.

Congratulations to Shanae, Azadeh and all the runners participating in the 2012 Chicago Marathon!


 ”We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.”

Sir Roger Bannister, first man to break the four minute mile.


PS: Don’t forget to check out the race recaps of the 2012 Royal Parks Half Marathon that went off spectacularly in London today.


Chasing 26.2 UPDATE

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In advance of the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon, I signed up with Clif Bar Pace Team.

Clif Bar organizes experience runners to help set the pace in marathons and half marathons for runners all skill levels. The following video describes their role in helping runners successfully complete a marathon.

When you sign up with the Clif Bar Pace team, they send you samples of the latest Clif Bar running foods. These items will come in handy during my first Half Marathon in two weeks. I’m really looking forward to Oddyssey Half Marathon and the free beer post run as well.

If all goes well, by the time I step up to the starting line at the Philadelphia Marathon;  in addition to Team Philly Marathon training, I will have two half marathons and a sprint triathlon completed.

Basically, I will sleep after the marathon is completed!

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