My First Boston: I did it!

I can’t stop smiling.


What an amazing day.  From walking to the buses, to sitting in Athlete’s Village, to waiting in my corral, to running the race… it was all just amazing and I am so happy with how it went.

I knew early on a PR wasn’t in the books – it was hot (I am sunburnt!), the course was tough, and I really just wanted to take in everything around me.  I have never been so in tune with everything going on on the course and with the course itself.  I definitely soaked every ounce up and the race went by so fast. 

Garmin: 26.45 miles/3:51:57/8:45 avg pace
Official: 26.2 miles/3:51:55/8:50 avg pace

I definitely beat my nemesis 3:57 time AND ran every step which I was really happy with.

Thank you all so much for your support today!  I thought about everyone tracking me each time I stepped on the mats, I wished I could give you a live update!

Race report to come, not sure if I will be sticking to my standard “day of” report because I have some celebrating to do and I have a lot to say, but I can’t wait to tell you ALL about it!  Hopefully I will get to it soon, in the meantime know I am a very very happy girl and it was definitely a day worth working so hard for and a day I will never ever forget.

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93 Responses to My First Boston: I did it!

  1. danica April 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    I am so happy for you and proud of such a great time! Congrats on a race well run and can’t wait to hear all about it! You deserve it girl! <3 xoxo

  2. Running Librarian April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Great job running Boston! Can’t wait for the race report!

  3. katie April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I was tracking you all day and cheering my butt off! So happy to see this post!

  4. Kelly April 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Way to Go! Congrats on your first Boston!

  5. Angela @ MyPinkyToes April 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration!!!

  6. Jesse April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    way to go aron! i was tracking you all morning. congrats on your first boston, it sounds like you had an amazing time/race! you deserved it now relish in it — you’re a boston marathon finisher!!!!!!!!

  7. Mel April 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    CONGRATS ARON! Was tracking you all day, and cheering you on!! You did so well, and I look forward to the full race report! Celebrate, girl!! So well deserved :)

  8. Kayla April 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Congrats! I was also tracking you this am! Glad you had a great race and were able to take everything in!

  9. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair April 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I was tracking you as well. Loved getting your updates and was sending lots of positive thoughts your way. I can’t wait for your race report and I’m SO GLAD you took in the course and had fun!

  10. Beth B April 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm #


  11. Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon April 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Awesome! I was tracking you and could tell you were running a smart race. Way to go!

  12. amy April 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    You did it just right! Congrats on an awesome race. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  13. lisa April 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Good job, girl!

  14. barbie April 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    YAY!! congrats Aron!! Can’t wait to hear (or read) more about it. =)

  15. Beth April 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Congratulations! So glad you had a great time! Looking forward to the full report, once you’ve had some time to absorb it all!

  16. Amira April 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Congrats Aron !! I’m so happy for you :) You are really inspiring! Celebrate your success :) !!xoxo

  17. Tonia April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Congrats! You did fantastic. Can’t wait to read the full report!

  18. Susan - Nurse on the Run April 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Congrats Aron!!! Sooooo happy for you and I can’t wait to hear about it! Soak it up. :)

  19. Michelle April 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    What a great day! Sounds amazing! I am smiling from ear to ear for you! Thanks for your willingness to share this journey with all of us!

  20. Jenn April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    So fun tracking you and cheering for you!!! Awesome job and a great time! I am SO excited to go back to Boston after this morning!! Looking forward to the RR

  21. Amanda C April 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    What a fantastic race, so glad you had a great day and all your hard work training paid off! Congratulations!!!

  22. Ana-Maria April 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Awesome job! You were one of the 5 I had on my official tracking schedule. You ran a great race, did not start too fast, but also took advantage of the rolling downhills at the beginning. Looking forward to the RR!

  23. Beth April 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    That is awesome! Congrats on having such a great race. I can’t wait to read about it!!!!

  24. Melissa April 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Yay! I was tracking you from my desk at work :) Congrats on a great race…have fun celebrating!

  25. Ari April 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    New reader, love your blog. Congrats on completing your first Boston, that’s awesome! :) Can’t wait to hear more!

  26. Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    way to go!! congratulations :)

  27. Monica C. April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm #


    Your time – on a tough, tough course – is faster than anything within my reach!! Congratulations!!

  28. Lauren April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    CONGRATS!! What an accomplishment…you are truly and inspiration to myself and so many other runners. Enjoy the rest of your day and remember you burned over 2500 calories…so go indulge in all the Boston eats!

  29. Cari April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  30. Chris @ Evolving Through Running April 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Outstanding! Congratulation on a great experience and a great time. Bask in the glory.

  31. Meg April 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m a new reader, but I’ve gone back to follow your journey to Boston and I agree with so many other commenters that you’re such an inspiration! I’m so looking forward to your race recaps :)

  32. Meghan April 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m glad you enjoyed the race and whole day!!

  33. Freya April 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    you are INCREDIBLE!

  34. Jess April 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm #


  35. Nicole April 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    congrats girlfriend! you did wonderful today! enjoy your time in boston! you earned it!

  36. skinnyrunner April 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS! i got a sunburn too!

  37. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run April 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I was one of those people watching you “live” – LOVED IT! Congrats, girl!! xo

  38. Julie Delamarter April 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    CONGRATS!! so awesome.

  39. J April 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Congrats!! Glad you had a great race! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  40. Nancy April 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Yay!!!!! Congrats!!! I was literally at the mile 7 marker!!! You did great!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!!

  41. Julianne April 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    That is SO awesome Aron!!! Congratulations again. I know it’s been a long road to Boston and well, you DID it! So exciting. :-))))

  42. caroline April 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Congratulations! Feliciatations!
    happy for you that this turned out to be a great experience and that you walk away smiling and happy! that is the most important !

  43. Laura April 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I was traking you and cheering and each time a there was an update I was so excited for you. Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all of the stories!

  44. erika April 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    great job!!

  45. Marlene April 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Oh I am so glad you enjoyed it all and just took everything in. You only get one “first Boston”. Can’t wait to hear all the details. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

  46. Bela April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Congrats and Boston and have a great time celebrating, you deserve it!

  47. Candice @ I Have Run April 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    You should be happy! What an amzing accomplishment!! Congratulations Aron!!!

    Enjoy every moment of celebrating, and be sure you wear that medal as long as possible =)

  48. Sarah April 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m so happy for you! Rest up and enjoy the rest of your day!

  49. Christine April 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    CONGRATS!!! AMAZING!!! I checked your time during work and I’m very proud of you :)

  50. Running 365 April 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Yay! Congratulations! You look so happy in your picture.

  51. Kim April 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Congrats Aron! Enjoy celebrating tonight :)

  52. Vera April 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    You inspire me! I ran a 5k tonight and leaped through it thinking about all of your ups and downs. I am just smiling as I think of all my friends that work so hard at their workouts, my good/bad days, staying healthy! It is all worth it. Great job Aron.

  53. Lee April 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Woo hoo! Congrats Aron.

  54. Lauren April 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! It was awesome to see you out on the course today – you looked so strong at mile 20! :) I hope you get lots of celebrating in tomorrow. You’ve certainly earned it! Can’t wait to read the full recap.

  55. Lauren April 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    congrats on your first boston!!!

  56. LB April 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Congratulations! Glad you got to taste Boston’s glory and that you savored all of it!

  57. Lauren April 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Awesome Job Aron! I kept tracking you the whole way, even though my students didn’t understand why I kept lecturing from the computer screen.

  58. Demi (Rio) April 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    I enjoyed following you online! So glad to hear you had a great experience. Congratulations!!!

  59. Jen April 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Amazing! Congratulations!

  60. Aysha April 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Congrats Aron! Enjoy this amazing feeling … I hope your smile lasts a long time! Can’t wait to read your full race report.

  61. Bambee April 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Congrats Aron! Can’t wait to hear the full race report. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  62. Rachel April 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    CONGRATS!! i was thinking about you this morning and kept checking for updates : ) you did great, and it sounds like your first boston lived up to your expectations and then some. can’t wait for the details!

  63. Laurie @ thesehappyfeet April 19, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I will echo the sentiments of the other commenters and say that you are a true inspiration to runners everywhere!! I’m so glad that you were able to fully enjoy and make the most of your first Boston. It sounds like the best race in the world!

  64. Jen Green April 19, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    Congrats… awesome time… cannot wait to read more.

  65. shutupandrun April 19, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    GREAT race Aron. It really was something to be out there experiencing the whole thing, wasn’t it???? Congrats!

  66. Karyn April 19, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    omh i am SO SUNBURNT TOO! sleeping was painful last night.

    but YES YOU DID. congrats :) i am sooooo happy for you

  67. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 19, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Congratulations!! You’re my hero.

  68. Jen April 19, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    CONGRATS Aron! Sounds like you had a great first Boston experience :) I hope you’re super proud of yourself!

  69. Corey @ the runners cookie April 19, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Amazing job, Aron!!! So happy you enjoyed your first Boston experience – I guarantee you will never forget it. So lovely meeting you – rest up :)

  70. Laura April 19, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    CONGRATS! I was race stalking you and was so happy for you!

  71. Kelly April 19, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Congrats, Aron!! So happy for you and glad you enjoyed every step of the experience :)

  72. Emily April 19, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Congrats — I hope it was a magical first Boston experience!

    And AWESOME to finally meet you in the Athlete’s Village, even if only for a few minutes :)

  73. Zaneta April 19, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    I tracked you!! You did GREAT!! :) I’m so happy for you!!

  74. d.a.r. April 19, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    So proud of you!!!

  75. Raina April 19, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Congratulations Aron!! Great job! You are officially a Boston Marathon runner!!

  76. Joanne April 19, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Great job Aron. We did it!

  77. Becky April 19, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Congratulations, Aron! You looked strong and amazing at Mile 20 and you are a Boston Marathon Finisher. It is great to see dreams become reality. I’m so happy for you!

  78. Carolina John April 19, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Rock on Aron. Good job, and congratulations!

  79. Michaela April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Congrats, Aron! I was tracking you online yesterday and have been reading your posts religiously this weekend — thank you for sharing your Boston experience with us! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip — you deserve it!

  80. Shelly April 19, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Congrats! on what sounds like an amazing Boston experience.

  81. Vava April 19, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I am WAY down on the list of comments here, but just wanted to let you know that I followed you online and thought you ran an awesome race! A couple of other folks I know ran it and were holding the same pace for a good chunk, but in the last half of the race they both dropped way off. You, on the other hand, maintained the same pace right to the end! A testament to your training. Happy to hear you had such a great experience. An historic Boston Marathon for so many reasons…

  82. kilax April 19, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Congrats Aron! I can’t wait to hear all about it! :)

  83. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy April 19, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Awesome work, Aaron! The text tracker was great. Enjoy your recovery.

  84. Marci April 19, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    I tracked you Aron, and you did great!! I echo Vava’s statement, a strong solid race throughout. I hope you are loving your post marathon sore legs (funny how good pain feels after a marathon!!). Congratulations!!!!

  85. Jill Will Run April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    You are amazing… congratulations!

  86. Runner26 April 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Very nice! Congrats on running Boston! Hope you’re out celebrating ;)

  87. Linda April 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm #


  88. Tina@GottaRunNow April 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    That’s a great finishing time! So glad the race went by quickly – that’s the best kind of marathon!

  89. The Laminator April 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Congrats Aron on your Boston! I tracked you the whole time and felt a little stalkerish…but thanks for letting me share in your journey =)

    Congratulations again…now take care of that sunburn and come back quick…I’m dying to read your happy recap of race day =)

  90. Glenn Jones April 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Congratulations Aron! Well done!


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