Volée
April 14, 2014

My Heart Belongs to Boston

by. Stephanie Viloria
East Greenbush, NY

Gearing up for her Boston debut, Stephanie has been a Volée member since 2012. It is a dream come true for Stephanie to finally get to run down Boylston Street and has her sights set on a 3:30 marathon. Visit Stephanie's bio page to get the low down on this marathoner.


I ran my very first marathon on my 25th birthday. My whole family traveled to Quebec City to cheer me on. Their rendition of “Happy Birthday” even pulled me up a rather large hill. Just as any other first time marathoner, my goal was to finish. My time was 4:36:55. It was a far cry from a BQ, but I did my best and hobbled proudly for days after.

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It is now seven years later and I am able to say that this year will be my first Boston Marathon. It is a dream come true for me to even be able to "toe the line" on April 21st . I'm pretty sure Boston 2014 will be the race I tell my grandchildren about someday!

Maybe it is because of the way I qualified for it....


My first ever BQ was in November 2012, it was also my first official race as a member of the Oiselle Team.  I was supposed to run the NYC Marathon that year, but we all know that NYC 2012 was the marathon that never happened. So, I quickly decided to make a trip down to Virginia for the Norfolk Freedom Marathon and finished my training cycle as it should have been completed, with 26.2 miles. I gave those miles my all and finished with a time of 3:32:43. You couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face as I was running that day because I knew that I was going to run the Boston Marathon!

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Or, maybe it is because of what happened last year....

My sister was supposed to run Boston last year, but she was pregnant and decided not to. I was dying to check out the marathon and get a feel for what it was going to be like in 2014, the year I was qualified to run. So, my husband, daughter, and I headed out on the three hour drive east to Beantown, in order to pick up her packet and breathe in all of the Boston excitement. It was amazing. I met some pretty cool people, scooped up some deals at the expo, and headed home more eager than ever for my turn. 

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I watched the marathon last Patriots’ Day, just as I always do. I cheered for Shalane and Kara. And, I tracked all of the fabulous Oiselle Team ladies. It seemed like the perfect day for a marathon.


Last year's events were terrifying. But, nothing could make me not want to run in 2014. I worked so hard to finally qualify for Boston as a new mom, training during naps and on little sleep to meet my goal. I will never forget breaking down and crying when I found out that I was accepted to run this marathon. And, I will never forget the hiccups along the way or those special days when I have felt like I am flying instead of running. Although I am nervous because anything can truly happen during a marathon, I am beyond excited to, again, reach the finish line with a smile on my face. I’m sure this race will always hold a special place in my heart.

Even though there will be thousands of spectators lining the marathon course, I plan to bring my family to cheer me on in this race, just as they did for my first marathon. I can pick those voices out of a screaming crowd and it is just what I’ll need as I run from Hopkinton to Boston.
 

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