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Last week at this time I had…
Last week at this time I had my eye on the Boston weather, hoping that as usual in New England the forecast and weather would change on a moment's notice. As it turned out, my hopes were in vain.

Since Monday, you may have seen what the weather was like. You don't need to take my word for it though. I've found it best described here:

What It Was Like to Run the Boston Marathon in a Freezing Deluge

As for the race itself, as this piece tells it, The Boston Marathon was Weird Even by Marathon Standards

For me though, all I really want to say is thank you. When running up the course's famous hills felt like trying to climb a waterfall, it was you that I thought about. When at one point I took two consecutive strides and literally didn't move forward an inch -- my feet falling in the same spot in the same puddle that I tried to run through -- it was the people who I ran for that I praised for the inspiration.

All told we raised $8,600 to further fund our fight. For what it's worth, I finished in 18,503rd place, but a full half-hour quicker than I did in my last Boston, so nobody is going to tell me that I didn't win.

I wish they gave out medals to everyone who supported me, but alas, please just know that we can all share mine. I just get to keep it at my house.

I don't know if I'll ever run another marathon as it can't get more memorable than this one. I fell short of my sub-4:00:00 goal by 15:21, but I'm content. I gave it all I had. Whether I run one again or not, I'll never give up the fight.

Thank for for being there with me, every freezing, agonizing, painful but gloriously blissful step of the way.

3 months ago
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Megan O'Neill
Glenside, PA United States
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