May 5, 2014

Two sisters run Boston!

Yesterday was a huge day for me.  I did not race, I did not run, in fact, it was a rest day for me.  However, my sister did run and did she ever run!   Let me back up a little.....after qualifying for Boston in March, I had researched the time that my sister would need to run to qualify in her age group.  With a 4:40 time goal, it seemed likely that she could meet this time, based on a recent half marathon.  However, a marathon is a whole other beast and anything can happen during this long difficult race.

In late March, I researched local races for Alison and found the Cox Providence Marathon scheduled for May 4th.  This was perfect since it was about an hour drive from her home in Massachusetts.  I sent her the link to register via email and decided that was as pushy as I could be.  Secretly, I wanted to register for her and also travel to Providence and cheer her along! However, Alison was the one who needed to decide to register, not me.  She does not train for any race longer than a half and usually she does that by perhaps running a long run of eight miles prior to race day. She inherited bad feet from our sweet mother and this was a decision only she could make.

Christine and I both checked for a bib number yesterday and with nothing listed on the race page, we both figured she had decided against it. Selfishly I was disappointed, but felt she made the best decision for her.....little did I know that she had a plan up her sleeve.  Thankfully, she was sneaky and only registered on Saturday, in person to avoid us knowing she was racing!

My phone rang mid afternoon yesterday and I saw on caller ID that it was Alison.  She started the conversation with small talk and then I asked if she had raced that day. She admitted she had and told me what she thought her time was. (4:30, she was off by 7 minutes!) The first half went well, but the last half was quite difficult with very strong headwinds. After telling me all about the race, she happened to mention that she had qualified for Boston. Shrieks could be heard far and wide as I jumped up and down and screamed.  Having a buddy to run the 2015 Boston Marathon is so exciting.  We will be making lots of plans over the coming months and also doing some training runs when I am in Massachusetts visiting our mom.


So excited and happy for both Alison and myself.  Thanks again big sis for doing this for us!

42 comments:

  1. That is so exciting!!! And she clearly knows you would have stalked her race :)

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    1. Cyanne, yes she knows me very well and I would have been a wreak all morning waiting for her results!

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  2. Oh, wow! This is amazing news! This must be like a dream come true for the two of you!

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    1. I was her birthday present the day she turned four and now she gave me the best present ever!

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  3. Yay, how exciting! I think it's so funny that she kept running a marathon a secret and didn't tell you!

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  4. Soooo exciting!!! I know you are thrilled to run Boston with your sister! What an amazing journey that's going to be!!!

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    1. It will be way more fun sharing this with Alison. Now she will have a reason to train with me on the Newton Hills this summer and fall!

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  5. What exciting news! I love that she kept the race a secret and surprised you yesterday! Boston is going to be a great race for you two next year.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I can hardly contain my excitement. This is almost more exciting than the day I qualified!

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  6. That is sooooooo amazing! Congratulations to both of you! You ladies are going to rock Boston! :)

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    1. Thanks Kellie. I am so lucky she was willing to do this. We will have a blast!

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  7. This is adorable. What a cute story.

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    1. Thanks Desi. She is a sneaky one, although this was totally out of character. She definitely had me fooled!

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  8. Ha ha! I would say that qualifies a big, fat PSYCH! :) Congrats to both of you!!

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  9. I have happy tears. Love that she snuck it in- no big deal, just a BQ. lol WTG Alison!

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    1. Right Patty? She is just a running machine and just happens to also be my sister! So so happy!

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  10. this is pretty freaking awesome! congrats to allison and y'all will have SO much fun at boston!

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    1. Thanks Courtney. I am beside myself and am telling everyone I know!

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  11. So exciting for you two! I know how much it means to you to have someone to run with. Michael and I will be there to cheer you guys on and hopefully run the 5k!

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    1. That would be amazing Rachael. Christine will also be running the 5k and hopefully Roxanne and a few other WOL ladies!

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  12. This is all kinds of awesome - congrats to you both!!! I can't wait to read all about your plans!

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    1. Thanks Kristen....can't wait to reunite with you and some of the other DIsbroads at TOT....that will be a blast!

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  13. That's so great that you guys get to run Boston together! Congrats to you both! I love that she kept the race a secret, and then followed with a phone call that began with small talk – too funny!

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    1. Thanks Heather. It will be a really fun day for both of us. So much more fun for me to have my sister by my side!

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  14. This is such exciting news!! Congratulations to both of you!

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren. We are both over the moon!

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    1. Thanks Heather. I can't wait to hug all my family as they cheer for us on the route, especially my little mother who will be 88 years young!

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  16. As we say in Boston wicked awesome!

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    1. Thanks Candace, Yes, I love how Bostonians use the word wicked!

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  17. What awesome news! You are one speedy family! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks April, I was absolutely delighted with this news!

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    1. Thanks Abby. Can't wait for April to roll back around!

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  19. Wow! So exciting!!! I'm do happy for both you. What an amazing accomplishment. I'm excited to follow along on your journey to Boston!

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I can't wait to start making our plans. At the very least, we are buying each other the race jacket for our birthdays.

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  20. That is so exciting!! I'll be sure to cheer loud for you both around mile 8 in Natick next April!!

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    1. Oh Christi, I am so looking forward to all the cheers along the course! Thanks, we will have shirts with our names on them!

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