The Marathon

by Joanne on April 19, 2011

The ultimate challenge of body and mind.

Months, weeks, days, hours of preparation, mental and physical.

Enjoying every small success along the way.

When the day finally arrives, you’re prepared.

Push past the doubts, fears.

Have Faith.  Confidence. Strength.


Don’t give into peer pressure when others around you walk, quit.

This day is all about you.

Want it badly enough to numb yourself to the onset of aches, pains.


Know that what you are experiencing is just a short period of time in the

rest of your day, in the rest of your life.

You can do it. 

Move forward and don’t stop until you reach your goal.

You see it ahead. It’s so close but physically seems so far away.

You did it. You can believe it.  You left it all out there but now you own it.




Goal: 3:46   Official Time: 3:47:14.   I’ll take it.

Full pre race days and race day recap to come. 

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  • At 2011.04.19 08:08, Heather said:

    Yay, Joanne!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to hear every.single.detail.

    • At 2011.04.19 10:22, Nancy Jean said:

      LOVE THIS POST. You should write a “how to” book for wannabe marathoners.
      It’s unbelievable to me that your second marathon be the Boston, and that your time almost mirrored the Wineglass.
      So pretty … so amazing … so proud of you.

      • At 2011.04.19 10:38, Lori said:

        Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear the full recap!

        • At 2011.04.19 11:55, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

          Congrats!!! You’re a hero just for even finishing but that time is amazing!

          • At 2011.04.19 18:00, Jen said:

            What a beautiful recap of the feelings behind the marathon! Congrats to you! What a great time!

            • At 2011.04.19 20:39, Sam & Sue Scialdone said:

              Joanne & Ted, Sue and I had the best time in Boston. You have no idea how much respect we have for you and all the runners. This is the second marathon that Sue and I have seen you run in and we got choked up for you at both, Congrats

              • At 2011.04.19 20:51, Pam said:

                Congrats on doing so well in Boston!! I was checking your time updates online throughout the race cheering you on. I am so proud of you and happy for you, what a great accomplishment!!

                • At 2011.04.19 21:39, Nelly said:

                  Awesome post! Congrats on running Boston, it sounds like an awesome experience!

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