The view from my porch.
When I go to Boston now, I have wet shoulders – women fall into my arms crying. They are weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything.
Katherine Switzer

I’ve made the statement on social media that the runners in the Boston Marathon Monday are amongst the most courageous groups of runners ever assembled in one event. And I MEAN it!

When the runners arrive at Hopkinton pre-race they are staged at the High School on and around the sports fields. The High School is about .9 mile from the start line. There are indoor facilities for the elites, not for the rest of us. The commoners on Monday found themselves outside in an open field in a torrential down pour with the temperature in the low 30′s and wind gust to 35 mph. I guess it could be said they were “just chillin”.

It has been reported that some of the elites started and faltered a bit during the early miles, some including the winning woman Desiree Linden considered dropping but regrouped and pushed on. The elite finish times are evidence of the day everyone had out there. Our local runners that finished were amazing; I don’t care what their finish time! And the two that didn’t finish showed their courage by stepping to the line and trying!

Actually in the midst of gloomy weather of the day there were some bright performances. I wish I was a better writer, I wish I could more eloquently express in words my admiration for Sarah Rusk.

A few years ago Sarah won the women’s division of our Pocono Run for the Red marathon. I believe her time was 2:57.?? Monday she ran 3:03.?? Six minutes slower on a slightly harder course during a rain and wind storm that had elite runners finishing 10 to 20 minutes slower than previous finishes at Boston.

Anyhow Sarah had an awesome run! God bless you Sarah, you are spectacular!

And so were many many others! We watched as runners that had no idea the day could be as bad as it was just kept going and going! Common ordinary runners bonded together in one cause, to finish and in the process they kept pushing and pulling each other to the finish line of the 122nd Boston Marathon! Watching them run was inspiring!

This weekend Grammie and I are headed to the St Luke’s half. We’re both undertrained but as she is now 71 she feels she better do her second half before she becomes too old. The woman can be a naughty little tramp! She told me to enter us a few months back, then she asked me if I’m sure I can stay up with her. She has been upset that 3 years ago when we did her first I didn’t let her win. Sooooo she wants to kick my ass Sunday! She is secretly working with our kids and grandkids on a method to trip me if need be. My hearing is better than she thinks! If only my knee and back were as good as my hearing…

Let’s get out there and get healthy happy and filled with joy! Invite a friend to join you! YOU can change someone’s life for the better!

THIS WEEKEND:
04/21 – 4/21 – Knowlton Moving Together 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – https://www.active.com/columbia-nj/running/distance-running/knowlton-moving-together-5k-run-walk-and-fun-run-2018?int=
04/22 – St. Luke Half – http://stlukeshalfmarathon.com/

Wednesday night run alternating between The American Ribbon Mill (Ann St. Stroudsburg) and Dave’s (Smith) Shop (8th & Phillips St. Stroudsburg) each week. At 5:15 – more info call or text Elissa Schoening @ 570-972-4271

Mill Rats – both east end of the building Mill Rats and the west end of the building Mill Rats – meet daily for group run/walk daily from the mill at 7:30 am.

EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST:

04/29 – Ed Krawitz Memorial – Law Day 5 mile race and very inaccurately measured 5K fun run.
04/29 – Jim Thorpe half & 5k – https://www.halfmarathons.net/pennsylvania-jim-thorpe-half-marathon-5k/ https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/JimThorpe/InauguralJimThorpeMarathon5kaswellandFREEkidsrace
05/06 – Cinder Cancer Derailers 5k Run – Rudy’s Tavern 90 Washington St, East Stroudsburg

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/35492

05/06 – Lilac Bloomsday Run 12 K (Spokane, WA) – http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/
05/19 – 42 mile bike ride in Quakertown
05/20 – 13th annual Pocono Marathon + 5k & half marathon
06/02 – Levee Loop – Dansbury Park – Sign 7:30 a.m. – Race at 8:15 a.m. Walk at 8:30 a.m.
06/10 – 2018 Josh Miller Memorial 5K Run/Walk
07/22 – Lake Placid 140.6 Ironman
09/15 – The Scranton Duathlon is a 5k Run, 20k Bike, 5k Run
09/23 – Atlantic City 70.3 Ironman
10/06 – Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs – March 1st registration opens: – https://www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=18279PA Tom Jennings, Race Director
10/07 – 23rd annual Steamtown registration is open!

More inclusive calendars and results can be found at these excellent sites:
Check out the http://www.neparunner.com/ & https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ & https://readysetrunpoconos.com/ websites for much more complete calendars and results.

What am I missing? What else belongs here!
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