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While planning the 2008 Edition of the run, my running buddy Nate Sanel and I had a long talk about how much the roads were going to hurt and thought about ways to run the width of the state on trail. We thought about how much more time that would take and wondered if it was even possible. After much debate, we stuck to the busier roads of Routes 9 and 4 for fundraising purposes. But the last two years, one of our aid stops out in Nelson, NH is the parking lot for a Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway trailhead. We’ve always kind of looked at the trail while sitting there resting, and wished we had done a trail adventure Nike Air VaporMax Donne instead. Trails are a lot less punishing on your body and a lot more fun… no doubt about it. So the switch was an easy decision, besides, I’ve seen enough of Routes 9 and 4 to last a lifetime. I’d say the mentality of it all. I’m a firm believer that the human body is a most resilient and amazing thing. We all can accomplish so many things that we think are impossible and far from reach. Truth is, your body is designed in such a way that physical accomplishments are actually closer to reality than most people realize. Nike Air Max 90 Mujer That’s the hard part right there, believing that you can do it and then actually keeping that thought in your mind from beginning to end. There is no doubt in my mind that there’s going to be a few points while out on the adventure where I doubt my ability to complete the task. To keep moving forward when I’m losing Nike Air Max 90 Uomo hope, and getting out of that funk and back to believing in myself, that’s a tough task that’s going to happen quite a bit. But hey… I want people to get outside and I’ll do whatever I can to convince folks that they too can do anything they put their mind to.There are really so many facets to an event like this but I’d have to say the people. I have a great crew that comes out to support me. Seeing them have such a great time, outside, as dedicated to the run as I am is really something else. In the end, everyone feels Nike Air Max 90 Herr the same sense of accomplishment. It’s a team effort. If we get some new faces to come out and join in that with us, it’ll be perfect. But that’s definitely the best part, the people.If you want to get involved There’s actually two ways you can you do so. We want to encourage folks to get outside and enjoy a section Nike Air Max Classic BW Hombre of our state that isn’t typically used or known about for recreational purposes. You can sign up to run or crew by contacting Leah Belanger. She’ll provide you with all the details. Runners: In the coming weeks, we’ll post a list of segments you are welcome to run as well as their level of difficulty based on the perception of a mid to back of the pack runner. Crew: Crewing is a hard job. It requires patience in that you do very little driving and a LOT of waiting around for the runner(s) to appear. Once they’re there, Nike Air Max 95 Donne you spring into action for all of 5 minutes, rinse and repeat.Three and a half years ago I was overweight and out-of-shape (see picture at left) – my 190 pound body was far more comfortable sitting on the couch and watching TV than clicking off miles out on the road. Yesterday, however, after burning off about 25 pounds Adidas Superstar Mujer from my 5’10” frame (the right-hand picture to the left is from last Fall), I qualified to run in the 2011 Boston Marathon by running a 3:15:21 time at the Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon in Hampton, NH. I knew that if I was going to make it, it was going to be close, and I came in with only 38 seconds to spare – the result was a testament to hard work, smart pacing, and the support of my fellow runners both on and off of the course, on-line and in-person.

Getting to Boston means a lot to me for a lot of reasons. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Rose In fact, the Boston Marathon played a big role in me becoming a runner. I teach at a small college in New Hampshire, and every year our college’s cross-country coach (a colleague of mine) trains a large group of students to run Boston. Most of them are not qualifiers, and for most this represents their first marathon and the Nike Air VaporMax Damen longest run of their lives. It’s an immense and inspirational accomplishment, and back in 2007 a few students that I knew well were training to run the race. They both successfully completed the marathon, and that put the bug into my head that maybe I could complete a marathon as well. Shortly after our graduation ceremony in May, 2007 (where the “before” picture above was taken), I started to run, and since that moment, I haven’t stopped. Running became a part of me, and I told myself that one day I would run Nike Air Max 270 Femme the Boston Marathon. However, I also vowed to myself that I would not do so unless I earned it with a qualifying time – it was a lofty goal, but it kept me moving ever forward, and yesterday I achieved that much coveted BQ.

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