• http://pumpsandiron.com/ Nicole @ Pumps & Iron

    Haha I am ALL IN for beers & tattoos mid-race. And the only reason I’m passing on the cigarettes is that I look like an asshole when I try to smoke them… ;)

  • TheAndreaK

    “It’s going to be absolutely awful. It’s not going to be a fun happy time, but when I look back on it it’s going to seem like a fun happy time because I achieved something that was a true challenge.”

    And now I understand why I make myself hike in areas that absolutely scare me to death. The way I feel afterwards, having done it and seen such beauty and I’m still alive and unharmed! Such a good feeling. Some people understand it, some people shake their heads and say “how can you say you just had a good time? You were in tears and scared witless!” The after feelings weigh so much more than the during feelings. So much more!

  • americanrecluse

    I love him! And he DOES sound like the perfect race partner for you! But honestly I’m just so impressed that you decided to do this. I’d be absolutely crippled under the weight of responsibility and the self-imposed pressure. And I bet you are, too, which makes your decision even more admirable. Good on ya, as the kids used to say.

  • Nancy B.

    Way to go, Heather and Simon! I’m impressed by both of you – your dedication and your energy. Enjoy the run – and the beer and the donuts.

  • SmileMikael

    The tall building is the Pru! I’ve never run the Marathon (and never will) but I bike the Midnight Marathon the night before (hundreds of people bike the marathon route starting at midnight) and from the bike perspective, it’s not that Heartbreak Hill is so steep in and of itself, it’s just the last of a series of hills and seems to go on forever – but it does end, I promise! Good luck, and I hope you have a great time here!!

  • http://www.8junebugs.com 8junebugs

    “I really wanted to show to my children that even though perhaps there’s a few difficulties and a few obstacles, you can still push and achieve incredible things. It’s easy to tell your children that, but it’s better to demonstrate.”

    Yes. This.

    My partner was diagnosed with RP at 15, just after his first flying lesson and just before he learned to drive. It’s less advanced than Simon’s, though my partner is slightly older, but the thing about RP is you never really know how far it will go. It confuses the hell out of people–he needs and uses a white cane, but can still read on a tricked-out smartphone. And we have a 3-year-old.

    Four years ago, my partner was randomly invited to try crew at our local boathouse. I could go on at (OMG, very great) length about the effect rowing has had on him and our family, but let’s just say that he has an outlet, a community, and a training partner (I joined in 2014), and our kid pretends to row in the laundry basket and yells, “Good job, all crews!” at regattas.

    Go, Team Wheatcroft!

  • Karen

    Simon is a true inspiration. You should check out the documentary Desert Runners, I immediately thought of it when reading about Simon’s upcoming race. It was available on Netflix, not sure if it still is as I watched it awhile back. I’ve attended several marathons and the most emotional part for me is watching the visually impaired runners with their guides. It reminds me that you can do anything. Good luck with the race and I look forward to hearing all about it.

  • Amy

    Perfect partner for sure! I love his whole outlook and attitude on life and running. The desert thing he’s doing the week after Boston sounds intense!

  • Saxyrunner

    This is so inspiring, now I will go for my run and think about marathons.

  • KristenfromMA

    If I’m not mistaken, there’s a group that hands out booze to the runners, just like those cups of water, except it’s booze. For real. It’s a blast, except for all that running. ;)

  • Stephanie Deal

    OK — yay for you Heather and OMG, Simon is just some gorgeous eye candy so keep your eyes on the road GF and not on him!! I’ll be tracking you both and saying prayers all along the way!! HUGS from Georgia!!!

  • gallantdesigner

    Mile 10 – Natick, in front of the church, they always usually have some yogurt handed out by Stonyfield, Mile 22 – Cleveland Circle, you could technically pop in to the 7-11 or the CVS or hell, if you need a drink, the shadiest bar that ever was, Mary Ann’s. It doesn’t even have windows. Those are the two spots I always stand with Gu and Gatorade for my dad, who incidentally, the first time he ran, asked a guy ‘when is Heartbreak Hill?’ and the guy said ‘WE JUST RAN UP IT’ if that helps and then in addition to the Prudential, the thing that really makes you realize how close (yet how far) is the Citgo sign, you can see it almost the entire way down Beacon St. and it just hangs there in the distance, mocking you (per my dad). Once you finally reach it (near Fenway Park), you’ve got about a mile to go.

  • Suzy Soro

    In 1983 I was living in NY at 90th and York on the upper east side. I walked a block to one of the corners where the marathon passed. I saw many handicapped women and men of every age range running, walking, wheel chairing their way to the finish. I’d been thinking of auditioning at a comedy club at an open mic but was putting it off. That day of the race, I saw all these brave (and some crazy) people running and right there said to myself, “You are SUCH a big baby, now go audition and stop whining.” I went on the day of the auditions and pulled a number out of the hat, along with everyone else. The number indicated where you’d be in the lineup. I pulled the number One. GO INSPIRE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING THEY DON’T THINK THEY CAN DO. That’s the Dooce we know. xo

  • MallyMon

    Crikey! Simon Wheatcroft comes from the county of South Yorkshire, which is a stone’s throw from where I live, and my upstairs neighbour is called Mrs Wheatcroft. He could even be related to her. . . she has a very big family. I’m not sure where you found the statistics enabling you to say that the top 2% of the poorest people in the UK live in Rossington, because that is simply not true. There are far poorer (and uglier) areas in the UK, parts of (the country of) Wales for example, and in England, people living in the towns of Newcastle and Nottingham are far poorer than those living in Rossington. Having said that, Simon is an inspiration to us all, and I wish you all the very best.