My first goal when I became a runner was to finish a marathon. Receiving that finisher's medal was an indescribable honor, and sharing the experience with my family was the highest high I could imagine. Like almost every marathoner, I soon set my sights on getting faster, with a goal of someday qualifying for Boston. Galloway Training is well known for helping non-runners become runners and helping runners become marathoners and half-marathoners, and I am proud of us for being the world leaders in bringing people safely into the sport.. What non-Galloway folks may not realize is that Jeff Galloway's Run/Walk/Run method is also AMAZING at helping people get fast. My wife actually qualified for Boston with a massive Personal Record the very first time she tried walk breaks. Eventually I qualified too, and we have enjoyed two Patriots' Days together running the historic course with 20,000+ of our friends.
So there you go. The idea has been planted. The next 26.2 miles (which for me will happen one training run at a time) are dedicated to Boston and the marathon. I hope you'll join me in doing the same. There's even a Facebook event for it: Run 26.2 for Boston.
I've got 2.1 miles down, 24.1 left to go.
ETA: Someone has put together a Google Doc where you can log and share your #RunForBoston miles. Check it out here.