My name is Bob & this is my story!
I was lucky enough to qualify for my first Boston marathon in may of 2012. I waited holding my breath for confirmation from Boston in September since I only beat my qualifying time by 3 minutes and NOTHING is guaranteed! The day my official notice came through was like winning the super bowl to me. The next few months were all about Boston and as the day got close my hamstring got more and more tender. Everything leading up to the race was amazing...the expo was like 20x bigger than any other I attended with running celebrities everywhere. Even the wait in the cold morning air to get on the buses was fun as you share stories of your qualifying with other runners. I only wish that everyone could experience the incredible sensations that Boston brings. It's everything people say and then some. I had hoped to possibly qualify for 2014 at this marathon but at about the half way point that tender hamstring started to give out, any other marathon and I would have walked off the course to prevent further injury but this was Boston! Maybe my only Boston so I had to finish. of course I had to slow down and even walk most of heartbreak hill but I finished and was at the medical tent just on the other side of the finish line when the first explosion happened. I will spare you of the details of what I saw but needless to say it changed my life.
I tried to run a marathon in early Sept.2013 as a last hope to qualify for 2014 but after the injury I just did not have enough time to prepare and I missed by a few minutes. I walked away even more determined and hired a running coach to better train me. Myrtle beach will be my first marathon since working with my amazing coach and I am as confident as I can be that will qualify and be running in Boston in 2015. I will give it my best and whenever I start to feel tired I will think of those that can no longer run as a result of those terrorists!
By the way, although I won't be running at Boston this year I will be there to cheer for those that are...I need to be there!!
Name: bob machlud
State: new jersey