Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
Last month, I finally realized my long-held dream of running the Boston Marathon. It was a quest I had given my life to for three years and, oh, how sweet it felt to finally cross the finish line.
It began when I started training for the 2013 Honolulu Marathon, with the bigger goal of qualifying for Boston. To qualify for Boston, I needed to run the Honolulu Marathon in less than 3 hours, 40 minutes. I ended up three minutes over. Runners in the Boston Marathon are required to complete a marathon the year before under a certain qualifying time that is set by age and gender. To most people, shaving three minutes from a running time doesn’t sound like much. But seasoned runners know it’s a lot harder than it sounds.
So, the following year, I decided to train harder, and longer, running six days a week and sticking to a regimented schedule that peaked with more than 60 miles in a week. My 2014 training was going great — I was running well and getting faster. I was right on schedule . . . until a freak accident in late October, when I fell off the steps of my front porch and badly sprained my ankle. I was inconsolable as my mom drove me to the emergency room, tears streaming down my face. The Honolulu Marathon was only seven weeks away. In an instant, my months of dedicated training and my plan to qualify for Boston were dashed. It took a couple of months before I could run again, but any hope I’d had of getting to Boston were gone.
However, when several of my friends qualified for Boston at the 2014 Honolulu Marathon, I was determined to…
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