“Alright, let’s do it,” he said to me as he grabbed the first writing material he could find. He scribbled numbers, times and dates in pen and slid the napkin across to me. That was my first marathon training plan. The love of exploring limits all started in a Harvard Square bar with 2 beers, the recent half marathon finish glow, and a marathon training plan written on a napkin by my long-time friend Eugenio. With four marathons and a handful of other races under my belt since then, I’m off to new adventures like hiking, globe trotting, yoga, and especially moments that include napkins at washed up bars.
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“It’s K-O-V-as-in-victory-I,” I automatically pronounced into the telephone out of habit. It was always getting misspelled and my parents were always putting in the “victory” part. Or maybe it was victor? So it must have become old hat for me. My friend who overheard at the time chuckled and would not let me live that one down.
These posts take you on my course, sometimes winding, always hilly and often reflective of looking inside of ourselves for those inner moments that fuel us to race the race set before us with endurance. It was in Boston that I discovered the world of endurance. In 2013, I ran my first Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber team and raised funds for cancer research. I ran two more years with Dana-Farber.
My first look at long distance running started when my friend Eugenio trained me for my first marathon in Connecticut. We finished in 3:59:09. I say we, because I could not have done it without him. The Boston Marathon, though, still remains my favorite race partly for its history, partly for its brutal course and climate, but mostly for its abundant energy. It was the first marathon I ever saw. I watched at the finish line in awe as groups of runners, beaten and determined, ran 26.2 miles into the city. It was a feat I was so taken by. Boston will demand the best of you, but will support you with every shouting fan along the whole course at every mile. My goal is that this blog provides that tiny, but mighty bit of encouragement to get you out the door, that it is the one boost of inspiration to get outside and break through your limits, because sometimes starting lines are just as important as finish lines.
“What if I fall? Oh, but darling. What if you fly?” – e.h.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a renowned research facility in the New England area. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team (DFMC) was started to raise funds for basic cancer research. 100% of the proceeds go to the Claudia Adams Barr Program, which provides funding for projects often overlooked by government funding.