• Oscar The Wilde

    I remember last year how excited you were to turn forty. Being forty-something myself, I had this ‘just you wait and see how awesome it gets’ moment when you mentioned it. I smiled to myself, for myself and for you.
    Now here you are and look. how. awesome.
    Life has this amazing way of twisting and turning. I so admire how you’ve twisted and turned it for yourself. Well done. Brava and Congratu-fucking-lations. Watching you grow and twist and turn has been a decade-plus long part of my life. And while that seems weird and kinda creepy when I type it…I have to say, it has been quite the beautiful road. I’m so excited to see where you run off to next.

  • Redhead1017

    Interesting read. So you’re saying you want to run a marathon again, right? P.S. You spelled torture wrong.

  • Taste of France

    Well, you’re a great writer because even though I knew how it was going to turn out, I held my breath reading this, because of the suspense. Congratulations on the race!

  • https://jb404.blogspot.com Jonathan

    I used to run – before kids – and really need to get back to it. Reading this has been hugely inspirational. I think the thing I always liked about running was getting lost in my own head for a while (when not thinking about how far was left)…

  • http://www.hootenannie.com hootenannie

    I’ve never run a marathon, and I don’t know that I ever will. But you get to the part about Boylston Street, both in your podcast and in this post, and I swear to dog, I start crying. I can’t help it. You are strong and inspiring and I’m both proud of and in awe of you.

  • Kate

    Just wanted to let you know, I read this this morning, debating whether or not I had time to go for a run. And thanks to your post, I got my butt out the door. Congrats on finishing!

  • TheAndreaK

    I did a 3 night/4 day rim to rim Grand Canyon hike last year. It was amazing. On our way down on the first day we encountered other hikers that were coming up, finishing their journey and we said “You’re doing great! You’re almost there!” and wondered if we were getting on their nerves. Cut to our climb up and encountering people that cheered us on, gave us encouragement, stopped us to ask us about the trip and showed genuine levels of being impressed will stay with me forever. People have shiny golden moments.

    Sounds like an amazing experience you had. Congrats!!!

  • http://www.moosenotes.com MooseNotes.com

    I had a body-mind meltdown just reading this and my achilles tendon snapped.


    That must have been an awesome experience. Congratulations!

  • dapbim

    I ran the London Marathon (my first ever) on April 24th this year, and could almost have written this post myself. You know, without the blind guy to guide. But the feelings (and ok, I will confess to having have had your 2011 feelings for the last couple of miles), the total mind over matter, the choir of angels singing at the finish line…. all really resonated with me. We are badass.

  • http://mycheapversionoftherapy.com/ Jos

    Oh man, I laughed and cried reading this, Heather. I just fucked up my ankle pretty badly 2 days ago and I’m 7 weeks out from my first half marathon ever and I can’t decide if I should rejoice or be utterly dejected that I might not (have to?) get to run this race now. I literally can’t imagine what you went through while training for this race and doing this race, but I am SO FUCKING PROUD of you for doing it. Sounds like quite the experience. ;-)

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Congratulations to you and Simon. Amazing and wonderful accomplishment.

  • REK981

    I’m proud that you accomplished this goal. Looking forward to how the training and run goes for The Manic Rambling team and EMC at the Chicago Marathon!!

  • Lauren3

    Now that I’ve been enjoying MRS I can actually hear you saying this in my head:

    “Tell me that it’s inappropriate to joke about something like that. Go ahead, WANDA. Shake your finger at me because I’m desperate to bite it off. I haven’t had meat in awhile.”

    Glorious. And so much congratulations for kicking that marathon’s ass. This was a great read.

  • GirlCantSkate

    So was the woman who fell distracted by her phone or did her foot catch the pavement in such a way that she tripped? Why you would make fun of someone who struck her head on the pavement is baffling. Don’t you think she is embarrassed enough without you snarking on her on your blog? Don’t you have a new philosophy about kindness and reaching across the table? If this happened to you, you’d be yelling about online bullying.