Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hidden away in Nashua, NH is a wooded gem called Mine Falls Park:




Trails flow through the woods...



...and along a river...


Thanks, Gate City Striders, for this beautiful run!

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run this race.  (Go ahead...  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:




Saturday, November 21, 2009

This is a great little 5K, on a scenic seaside course in Ipswich, MA.



Before the race starts, my barefoot friends attract some attention...



What's that?  Oh.  The race director just said “Go!”



(I've got a camera, and I'm taking these photos as I run.)



See the AGN Turkey Tune-Up from inside the pack...by viewing the following slideshow:

The Slideshow:


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lisa's Lung Cancer Awareness 5K ("Lisa's LCA 5K") in Lowell, MA has a fast course, burgers and beer after the race, and a great raffle--but what I like most about it is the warm welcome you get the moment you arrive.  Everyone involved makes you feel like you're a brother or a cousin!

But of course, we came to run.  So run with me now...


I'm taking these pictures as I run...


(Yes, I'm taking these photos as I run.  I don't stop or slow down.  After all, I'm in a race!) 

At the finish line, of course, I do stop...and take pictures of the other finishers.
Here come Jackie and Dan...


(Her feet never touch the ground!)

Go-o-o-o, Dan!

But the best part of Lisa's LCA 5K is the post-race food & festivities!


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run Lisa's LCA 5K.  (Go ahead...  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)


The Slideshow:




(Many thanks to Diane LeBlanc and her warm and enthusiastic volunteers for hosting this event.)

 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Run for All Ages is a flat, fast 5K road race around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA. In this blog entry you'll see photos I took of the other runners as we ran around the lake.



The "Run For All Ages" is aptly named, drawing runners whose ages range from the single digits to well north of 60.



I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Run for All Ages in Wakefield, MA.



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the Genesis Battlegreen Run in Lexington, MA.  The course has one significant hill, but the grade was not daunting and the foliage was beautiful (despite a strong windstorm the day before).

The "Battlegreen Run" is two races: a 5K and a 10K.  I ran the 5K with about 250 others...and an equal number ran the 10K.  Both races took us past the "Birthplace of American Liberty"--

the Lexington "Battlegreen"

--where, just after dawn on April 19, 1775, a handful of Americans stood against an overwhelming number of British Regulars (the "Redcoats") in the first armed resistance to the American Crown.  This was The Shot Heard Round the World.  Seven Americans died that morning, and a nation was born.

Our race was far less dramatic.  Just a few hundred runners romping through a cool Fall day, and then enjoying the very fine post-race food provided by the race sponsors.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Here are photos I took at the 2009 White Mountain Milers (WMM) Half Marathon in North Conway, NH.



Although it is in the White Mountains, the course is remarkably flat...and the foliage was beautiful (despite a deluge of Biblical proportions the day before).

After the race, we all enjoyed Very Fancy Pizza.  (It was so fancy they call it "Flatbread.")

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 White Mountain Milers (WMM) Half Marathon in North Conway, NH:


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the Allan D. Morrison 5K in Melrose, MA.


This was the first year of the race, but the race director and all the volunteers did a terrific job.  The course was scenic, well-marked and well-supported.

However...I should add that it started FAST and ended hard.  The first two miles were a downhill romp, and I reached the 2-mile mark a full minute ahead of my pace from last week's 5K.  Oboy, I thought.  I'm going to PR today!

No such luck.  The final mile was uphill.  Not very steep, but every step was uphill...and that was enough to take the wind out of my sails.  So I finished almost a minute slower than my time from last week's 5K.  But that's okay.  I ran through a beautiful community, surrounded by happy runners, and I have no complaints.

As you no doubt have come to expect, I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Allan D. Morrison 5K in Melrose, MA:


After the race I had to leave to meet a friend for coffee and conversation...but I understand that the race organizers hosted an excellent post-race gathering with food and drink.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Great Island 5K in New Castle, NH.


The course was scenic, well-marked and well-supported, as you can see from the pictures in the slideshow below.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Great Island 5K in New Castle, NH:


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Irish American 5-Miler in Woburn, MA.


The race this year is an anniversary for me. It was exactly a year ago, at this race in 2008, that I first tried to take photos while running in a race. I didn't know if any of the photos would come out, but some did...and I decided this approach had promise. Since then I've posted albums of 37 races that give you a "Runners-Eye" view of what it's like to be inside a race. (These include albums of the Mt. Washington Road Race and the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit--aka the "Mountain Goat" series.)

I hope you enjoy these photos of the Woburn race. The Shamrocks put on a great race and great post-race party. (Thanks, Shamrocks!)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Irish American 5-Miler in Woburn, MA.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Eliot Festival 5K in Eliot, ME.


The 5K course has a long, gentle hill, and a Norman Rockwell, small-town feel to every mile. We were lucky with the weather: very cool, with brilliant blue skies and no wind.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Eliot Festival 5K in Eliot, ME:



Sunday, September 20, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Gull 10K in Gloucester, MA.


The course is one of the most scenic of any race I have run...taking us out and back along the ocean, where almost every step gave us great views of incoming breakers and bright blue sky.


After the race we all enjoyed a great breakfast provided by the race organizers (eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, juice, and coffee!)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester, MA:


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Here are photos I took while competing in the 2009 Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport, Maine.

This Olympic-distance Tri starts with an open-water swim of 1.5K (just under one mile)...followed by a 25-mile bike ride...and finishes with a 10K run. I swam.

In each of the past four years I completed at least one Olympic-distance Tri as an individual competitor, but this year fellow Mystic Runners Jeff Mader and Bob Lane joined me so we could enter Lobsterman as a relay team.   I swam, Jeff rode his bike, and Bob ran.

I had heard that Lobsterman is one of the most beautiful Triathlons in the country...but that did not prepare me for the exquisite course and the perfect day.  Apparently it rained last year and the year before, but we were lucky. On this day the water, the sky, even the air...sparkled.

After the race we enjoyed what is absolutely the finest food I have ever been served post-race:


(Now you know why it's called "Lobsterman"...!)

I took pictures and have now selected the best and put them together into a slideshow. If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a taste of the 2009 Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport, Maine:


Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon is aptly named, as the course takes runners through four covered bridges. It's like running through a Currier and Ives print:



I have always been fond of this race, as it was the first Half I ever ran. (I ran it in 2005--the first year of the race.) But a couple of weeks before this race I hurt my foot(plantar fasciitis) so I could not run. Nevertheless, I came to cheer and take pictures. If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and imagine yourself running in the 2009 Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Swanzey, NH:



Sunday, August 30, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Race to the Top of Vermont.


This race to the top of Mt. Mansfield (the highest peak in Vermont) is beautiful, and not nearly as hard as it might appear in these photos. The road to the summit has occasional parts where the grade gets (relatively) easy, so you can recharge as you continue onward and upward. (Unlike Mt. Washington, which has a 12% grade that never gives up!)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Race to the Top of Vermont:



Saturday, August 8, 2009

Here are photos I took at the 2009 Wild Fish 1 & 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA.


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a taste of the 2009 Wild Fish 1 & 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA:


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Here are photos I took at the 2009 Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA.

This Sprint-distance triathlon consists of a 1/2-mile Open Water Swim, a 12-mile bike leg, and a 5K run. Fellow Mystic Runners Jeff Mader and Bob Lane joined me so we could compete as a relay team.


I swam...                                  Jeff rode his bike....                           ...and Bob ran.

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a taste of the 2009 Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA:



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Yankee Homecoming 10-Miler in Newburyport, MA.


As it is every year, this race was a steam bath. Temps near ninety, and humidity that made the air like a wet carpet. But the crowd support was fantastic, with people cheering, hosing us down, and high-fiving us as we ran by.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Yankee Homecoming 10-Miler in Newburyport, MA:



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Luv2Run 5K #3 in Portland, ME.



It's a flat 5K on a path of crushed stone that circles the scenic "back cove" of Portland.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the Luv2Run 5K in Portland, ME:



Saturday, July 18, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Seacoast Seven in Gloucester, MA.



I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the2009 Seacoast Seven in Gloucester, MA:



Sunday, July 12, 2009

Race #6 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)


Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Ascutney Mountain Race in Windsor, VT.



Ascutney is the sixth race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail series (the Mountain Goat series.) If you finish all six races, you become a Mountain Goat--and get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Ascutney Mountain Challenge in Windsor, VT:



Sunday, July 5, 2009

Race #5 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)


Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH.



Loon is the fifth race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the Mountain Goat Series.) If you complete all six races you become a Mountain Goat and get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Loon Mountain Race in Lincoln, NH:



Sunday, June 28, 2009

Race #4 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)

Cranmore is a very steep mountain, and the course follows a tricky, technical trail.  But what makes this race so challenging is that you have to run it twice.  Up to the summit (which is very hard!)...then down a steep rocky trail to the start of the race.  (Even harder!)  Then you have to do it AGAIN!  Even on the first ascent, you can see that no one is running here:



Cranmore is Race #4 in the six-race USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the Mountain Goat Series.) If you finish all six races, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year. So it didn't matter what Cranmore had in store. I intend to run Washington next year, so I had to reach the finish line at Cranmore.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the "Play" button below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Cranmore Mountain Race in North Conway, NH:



Saturday, June 20, 2009




Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Mount Washington Road Race in Pinkham Notch, NH.

The course climbs 4800 feet over 7.6 miles: an average 12% grade.  Portions of it are much steeper...and, unlike most other mountains, Washington gives you no reprieve: there are no downhills.  No flat spots. No place with a relaxed grade.   Every single step is steep.   Every.  Single.  Step. is hard.



But it is an extraordinary experience...a journey that I find spiritual, even though it is, of course, relentlessly and brutally physical. I've run Washington twice now, and it is the high point of my running year. (No pun intended! :-)



I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Mountain Washington Road Race:


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Race #3 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)




Northfield is the 3rd race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Northfield Mountain Race in Northfield, MA:



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Here are photos I took as I ran the 2009 Joan's Jaunt in Woburn, MA.



The 5 mile course is flat and scenic, winding past Horn Pond on dirt and asphalt trails before finishing up on the road with (oops!) a 2-block-long hill that makes you climb to the finish line.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Joan's Jaunt in Woburn, MA:



Sunday, June 7, 2009

Race #7 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)


Smuttynose is the final race in the "Will Run for Beer" race series. All are fun events, and this was no exception.



I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of theview my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Smuttynose 5K in Newmarket, NH.



Friday, June 5, 2009

If you're a runner, you might know me. I'm the guy you see each week in a local 5K...or a near-vertical Mountain Race...or maybe running alongside you with a big smile in the Boston Marathon.



(That's me at mile 22. Boston, 2009.  I didn't take that photo, obviously. It was taken by my friend Kevin Eaton.)

I'm not the fastest guy in the race (not by a long shot!)...but people tend to notice me.

Maybe it's because I've got a camera in my hand.

Not a water bottle or a packet of GU. Not a little windbreaker rolled up into a ball in case the weather turns cold. (Which of course might happen any time of year, here in New England.)

Nope. I'm running with a camera in my hand.

And you've probably seen me reach out to take pictures of the road ahead...or you've seen me glance back and then snap pictures of whatever (and WHOever) is behind me--

Yeah. I'm THAT guy.

Runners love photographers. We might be running strong or we might be doing the Survival Shuffle, but when we see a photographer by the side of the road we all brighten up, run tall, and break into a little sprint. We want to Look Good! See? We're Running Strong! We flash the photographer a big smile or a "V" for Victory or throw both arms up in the air. Yeah! We're running! Take the picture! Take it NOW! While we're running strong.

After we pass the photographer we drop right back into whatever we were in before we noticed him. If it was the Survival Shuffle then we're back in the Survival Shuffle again. Gotta hang on till the finish line. But we hope he snapped a photo of us while we were Running Strong.

Runners love photographers because those photos capture moments from this wonderful experience we find ourselves immersed in.  But there's one problem:

A photographer by the side of the road can never capture the experience of being IN a race.

They're by the Side of the Road! Outside of the flow of our race experience. They're not sucking wind. Not flying past the scenery. They're outside. We're Inside. They're sitting down. We're RUNNING! We're kinetic. Here and gone. How can a rock see what a bird sees? How a camera in one place capture the flow of scenery and faces that we experience in any race?

So I've decided to become a new kind of photographer. Not a guy sitting by the side of the road with a Long-Lens SLR. I'm running right next to you. I'm wearing a race number and sweating and panting with you and every other runner in this race. Like you, I love to run. And like the photographers by the side of the road, I love to capture the beauty of this experience in pictures. But unlike those photographers, I snap my photos from INSIDE the stream.




























I capture a "Runners-eye" view.

You've probably seen me. One race or another. But even if you've never pinned on a race number, welcome to my blog. Now...without even lacing up your running shoes, you can Run With Ken.

Each week I'll bring you along as I run a race. We'll do seaside races where the wind blows off the ocean and you can taste the salt. We'll do mountain runs when you climb and climb until you gaze DOWN on the clouds. And we'll do fun little 5Ks where you run with a bunch of happy people and then line up for the post-race food and beer and we'll all pretend we didn't notice the time on the finish line clock.

(Yeah. Right. :-)

I love to run. And I want to thank you for running with me.

What will you find in this blog?  Great scenery.  Joyful runners.  Sweat.   Gravity.  Like this slideshow of a race I ran this past Sunday:


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Race #2 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Pack Monadnock 10-Miler in Wilton, NH.



"Pack" is the 2nd race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

The 10-mile course is really two races. The first 8.5 miles are a pleasant, rolling tour of scenic Southern New Hampshire. But the final 1.5 miles is very steep. A spiral staircase. You climb and turn and climb and turn...and with every turn, you think This time it's the summit. Has to be! This time for sure...

But it's never the summit. Every turn just takes you to another stretch of road that seems intent on spiralling you right up to the sky.

I am probably giving the wrong impression here. The course is beautiful, and the final 1.5-mile climb to the summit of Pack is no big deal. (Certainly nothing like Mt. Washington or Loon.) But that road to the summit comes after 8.5 miles of rolling country roads...so it is TOUGH when you finally reach the mountain and have to dig.

My advice? Take it Easy. Treat the first 8.5 miles as a warmup. Don't get carried away. If you wear yourself out before reaching Pack itself, you will regret it.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the Pack Monadnock 10-miler:



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Race #1 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)



Wachusett is the first race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

In past years, this was a road race.  You ran up a very steep road (aptly named "Mile Hill Road"), and then up the winding Auto Road to the summit of Mt. Wachusett.  Steep...challenging...but pretty straightforward.  Nothing technical.  Just asphalt.

This year, however, the auto road to the summit was closed for construction.  So the race organizers came up with something new.  We ran up Mile Hill Road, and then turned into the woods for several miles of trails.  We never reached the summit...but we had a great run around the shoulder of the mountain.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Wachusett Mountain Race in Princeton, MA:




Friday, May 8, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Backshore Road Race in Gloucester, MA.



The 5 mile course is flat and scenic, going out and back along the ocean.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Cape Ann Backshore Road Race in Gloucester, MA:



Sunday, May 3, 2009

Race #6 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)




The 5K course is gently rolling and fast. Not especially scenic..but the real appeal of this race is what happens after you cross the finish line...



That's right.  Excellent Mexican food at Margaritas!  And excellent Mexican beer!  (They don't call it the "Will Run For Beer" series for nothing! :-)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the



Monday, April 20, 2009

I never thought I'd be standing here:



Hopkinton?  That didn't seem possible.

I started training for Boston in late December...and felt good all through January as I improved my speed, endurance, and ability to run hills.  But in mid-February I injured my back and couldn't walk.  Even three s-l-o-w steps were painful.  More than three were impossible.

Friends asked, "How's your training going?" and I'd shake my head.  "Training?  I can't even walk!"

I tried massage.  Heat.  Cold.  Rest.  Nothing helped.  Instead of getting better, my back got worse.

Finally, after weeks of being unable to walk, I got lucky.  A gifted physical therapist identified the problem.  (My SI joint.  Who knew I had an SI joint?)  He yanked on my leg and straightened the SI joint, then showed me what I had to do to keep it in proper alignment.

He got me walking again.

But by then Boston was just five weeks away.

No one can train for Boston in five weeks. I knew that. But I went for a run anyway.

Just an easy jog on a nicely-cushioned dirt trail.  My back didn't complain.

So I did it again the next day.  Still no complaints from the back.

Hmmmm...
...maybe I could run.

My physical therapist told me I could train, if I was willing to quit at the first sign of pain.  You bet! I said.  But I'd lost six weeks.  So...at a time when other Boston-bound runners were tapering, I had to start running, building up from a base of zero. 

I went from nothing to 5K in a week...then to a half-marathon 2 weeks later...and decided I'd give Boston a shot.

So here I am at the start line:



As you can see, I've got a camera in my hand.  I don't want to miss a thing!  So for the next 26.2 miles I'll be taking pictures as I run.  (Yes, I take photos as I run.  I don't stop or slow down.  After all, I;m in a race!)  If you click on the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of my 2009 Boston Marathon:



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