I ran my second marathon three weeks after last year's Boston Marathon. My goal throughout training had been to qualify, just as a benchmark of a time that I would like to achieve. In the aftermath of last year's event, however, qualifying and being able to be present at the 2014 start line felt like it would have an even greater meaning beyond my own personal athletic accomplishments. Runners are a family, and together, we are unstoppable in the face of adversity.
I remember watching the 100th anniversary running of Boston with my dad when I had just started running at age 12. I was amazed that spectators lined the entire course cheering, and my dad told me that this wasn't just any marathon- only the fastest people earned a spot in Boston. I wondered if I could run Boston someday and can't believe that,18 years and thousands of miles later, I will!