Huge congratulations to Ariana for accomplishing something pretty incredible today: completing the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon in three hours, forty minutes, and twenty seconds. That's an 8:24 mile pace, folks! In an email last week, she described her experience training for today:
This is my seventh marathon, and my fourth time running Boston. This was a challenging year for training--the extraordinarily snowy winter blanketed us all. I had some memorable long runs--a freezing, sunny 18-miler on packed snow down by the Blackstone river, a couple of 20s on beautiful country roads in Seekonk and Rehoboth, a snow-blown trek next to the Connecticut River in Vermont, watching the sun come up over the killer hills of East Providence, and countless trips in snow and worse up and down the Woonasquatucket River greenway in the West End. A marathon is an incredible emotional journey, and the training no less.