Connor’s Corner – Boston Marathon Recap

Connor’s Corner – Boston Marathon Recap

My Boston Experience

Boston 2017 was amazing! I loved seeing all the cool sights and the outrageous runners. Every day was a new experience! We ate good food, ran super well, and saw so many amazing things!

The 5k was a really good experience! We talked to Mike Wardian before the run and I got to see him in his famous Elvis costume! He passed us near the finish of the race. I got to see Rick and Dick Hoyt just after the start! But the best part was that I came across that finish line with a nice new pr! I ended up getting a 20:32! I also got 503 overall and got 15th in my age group!

Before we went to the expo we had lunch and yelled at Dean Karnazes from out the window! At the expo we got to see Mike Wardian, again, and we got his autograph!

When it came to marathon day we watched some of the Team Running Dad runners finish. I got right up at the gate on the side of the road right across from the Expo Center. Mario came in in front of my dad. Dad came in at a 3:14:35. They all ran their best due to the bad running weather.

I had so many cool things to show off at my school when I came back. I got the 2017 Boston jacket for my birthday. It was an amazing experience, but I am still waiting for my trip back to be one of the runners in the marathon.

2017 Boston Marathon Race Recap & More!

2017 Boston Marathon Race Recap & More!

I have written race recaps for the Boston Marathon twice now. (2015 Recap, 2016 Recap) This year was my third year and not a whole lot changes when recapping the race. Lots of runners. Awesome spectator support. Heartbreak Hill … ugh. My time was 3:14:35. The slowest of my three Bostons. I still had a great time running the race, but the real fun came from the events leading up to race day. I could write a novel about the weekend as a whole, so I’ll break it down into highlights. I will start with the race, though, since that is what you came for. (more…)

2017 Shamrock Half Marathon Recap

2017 Shamrock Half Marathon Recap

This winter, it has seemed like my life has revolved around Connor’s travel sports. If we didn’t have a basketball tournament one weekend, we had a preseason soccer tournament. Or both on the same weekend. We spent a lot of time driving all over the place for his love of sport. We wouldn’t trade it for the world, though; watching him grow as an athlete and a person. When I heard he had a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach the same weekend as the Shamrock Marathon races, I had the “Register Now” button clicked before I even finished reading the schedule. (more…)

Seashore Nature Trail 50k – Race Recap

Seashore Nature Trail 50k – Race Recap

When Sara asked me if I would run a 50K in Virginia Beach with her, I gladly agreed. I have coached her through several marathons and knew she was ready to try a new distance. Would I be able to run a race without racing, though? Could I quell those competitive juices and just enjoy a nice long run with a friend? Would she be able to put up with me for several hours? What if I am the one that struggles?

All of those questions were answered Saturday, December 17, when Sara and I ran the Seashore Nature Trail 50K. (more…)