Readers Roundtable: Boston 2016 Edition!

Boston, Boston, Boston! Who can think about anything else this morning? We can’t! We’re going to be glued to our devices checking in on our very own Dill, Barley, and Caper and of course all the Boston racers we profiled over the last few weeks. You can find all their numbers to track after the jump! But! While we wait for splits, or during race coverage commercials, we thought it more » Read more

Caper’s Week 18 Boston Marathon Training Log

Hello from en route to Boston for the marathon tomorrow! I am relaxed after spending most of my taper week on family vacation in the mountains of Gatlinburg TN and am excited about the race. This week’s running consisted of scaled back but reasonable length easy runs with some speed work of mostly GMP miles to continue to dial in the pace. GMP miles are now feeling pretty easy; hope more » Read more

5 Last Minute Tips for the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is on Monday. I repeat: the Boston Marathon is on Monday. Now is not the time to cram in last-minute training or change all your plans. However, maybe you’re waiting to hop on a plane to Boston and killing a few minutes at work because you can’t concentrate on anything other than the big race. In that case, now is a good time for a quick refresher, along more » Read more

Stefani Penn Harvey is Going for Sub 3 in Boston

Stefani Penn Harvey learned the hard way to respect the marathon distance. As a recently-graduated post-collegiate runner with one half marathon and a few 12-mile training runs under her belt, she jumped into the Rock’n Roll Arizona marathon fully expecting to qualify for Boston, but she was in for a rude awakening and a 34-minute positive split. Her resulting 3:58 gave her a new-found appreciation for the hard work, dedication more » Read more

Molly Stout is Chasing Down a PR in Boston

It’s been two years since Molly Stout last crossed the finish line on Boylston Street. The 33-year-old will be running her 20th marathon at the 120th Boston Marathon. She’s been running for many years, steadily dropping her marathon time by more than an hour, and is coming off a big PR of 3:14 at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon. Molly’s life revolves around running and healthy living. By day, she works more » Read more

Hometown Pride Helps Julie Tarallo Finish Fast in Boston

Julie Tarallo wears her love for the city of Boston on her face. She grew up in Easton, Massachusetts, just 30 minutes from downtown Boston. At her first Boston Marathon in 2013, she set a massive 18-minute marathon PR before bombs exploded at the finish line, devastating her beloved city. Julie vowed to come back the following year and give the city the celebratory marathon day it deserved. But training more » Read more

Patti Tomasello’s Heading Back to Boston Against All Odds

Every once in a while you meet a person who is so nice, so kind and so positive she doesn’t seem real. To top it off, these people are usually beautiful and talented too. I often secretly wonder what their flaw is. Maybe they don’t make their bed every morning, or they pick their nose, or maybe their house is really dirty (crap, I’m describing myself). I want to find out something, more » Read more

Boston Runs in the Family For Sisters Katie Kay and Jen Dahler

In 2013, Katie Kay raced her first and Jen Dahler raced her third Boston Marathon. That year, the race was rocked by a bomb near the finish line. In the wake of the tragedy, sisters Katie and Jen vowed they’d go back. They would go back to prove that Boston was about running and triumph, not terror. They would go back to bring back happy memories of a future Boston more » Read more

Caitlin Constantine Is Fit, a Feminist and Ready for Boston!

Caitlin Constantine is a few-weeks shy of ready for Boston. This 36 year-old Tampa-area native, didn’t come by her Boston qualifier easily. It took her years to realize a BQ was even in the realm of possibility for her. She slowly plugged away and, six years later, here she is. Caitlin’s an expert at balance. She’s sponsored by Coeur Sports and has found success with her running while also training more » Read more

Emma Spencer’s Ready to Go Big in Boston!

As the Boston Marathon approaches, we thought it would be fun to learn about some of the runners looking to achieve big marathon dreams there. What better way to kick off our Boston profile series than with a Bostonian! Meet Emma Spencer. Emma Spencer is not one to shy away from challenges. During her senior year in college, Emma ran her first marathon in an enviable 3:20 two days after more » Read more

Dear Boston, It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Five. That’s how many times Meb stopped to lose his lunch before he reached the storied Boylston finish line. I suppose I should be grateful, then, that my stomach never followed through on its threats to hurl my Honey Stingers. I know that Boston is a privilege–one for which so many mid-packers like me fight tremendously hard. What I didn’t know was that my fight wasn’t over, that it would more » Read more

5 Things I Learned While Watching the 2015 Boston Marathon

It’s the Friday after Marathon Monday and yes, we’re still talking about Boston! The inspiring final finisher. Shalane’s heartbreak. Caroline Rotich’s sprint finish and huge smile. Meb’s always charming stranger hand-holding as he made the most of his relative blow-up. How could we not still be talking about it?! Actually, today I’m ceding the Friday 5 floor to one of our readers. Salty reader Lindi was so inspired by the Boston Marathon more » Read more

Fandom and Our Obsession with Winning

Marathon season recently kicked off with the granddaddy of them all, Boston. For me and many of you, watching this race is no different than watching the World Series or the Super Bowl. Come to think of it, it is our World Series and Super Bowl. So it’s hard not to feel a little down when your team comes oh so close to winning but falls off at the end. All more » Read more

Make Your Own Boston Marathon Jacket

In my dream world, I would be strutting around today in a purple and orange jacket of questionable taste.  This jacket would not be the sort of thing I usually wear, it certainly isn’t something I’d ever choose for myself, and I would have paid way too much money for it. You know what I’m talking about. I mean, it’s okay that I didn’t make it to Boston this year…I’ll more » Read more