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We did it

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney  April 19, 2010 05:48 PM

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Going the distanceGlobe correspondent Elizabeth Cooney has been writing about the Boston Marathon in the series "Going the Distance,"  which concludes in today's Globe. You can find it in the G Health section. She also ran it, and thanks you for checking in with her along the way.

I did it.

I finished the Boston Marathon. It was the hardest and most exhilarating thing I've ever done in my life. (Well, after bringing my two wonderful sons into the world).

I am eternally grateful to my husband, those two sons, my sister, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, and father-in-law  who cheered me on. I owe my finish to my running partner, Rich, who pulled me through. And I did need help making it through. Those last 5.2 miles I felt like I was running on fumes. No particular aches or pains; no troubles up or down the hills. I just met my endurance limits, despite diligent water, Gatorade, and GU stops. "Dig deep," Rich would say. "It's just like our long runs."

Only one minor regret: I didn't hit my qualifying time to enter next year's marathon, crossing the line on Boylston Street five minutes shy of the mark for my age and gender. So I guess I'll have to run another marathon to make it to Boston and redeem the privilege I enjoyed this year of running with a media exemption.

Running another marathon? Repeating one of the best experiences of my life?

Sounds perfect to me.

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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