no limit

I am going to run the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

It’s kind of fun to write that.  I think I’ll do it again.

I am going to run the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

I know that I qualified back in March at the Rock n’  Roll USA Marathon with a 3:34:46, but if I’m being honest here, the truth is I’m still awe-struck by the fact that I did that.  I do not know how many times I have said this sentence: Maybe, when I’m in my 60s or 70s, if I don’t slow down, I can qualify for Boston.  It was a pie-in-the-sky thing for me.  A dream, yes, but it was sort of almost a dream I laughed at myself for having.  It was a dream I didn’t believe in.  Something I didn’t realistically even see myself trying to achieve.  But a little over a year ago that changed for me.  I got curious about the depths of my capabilities.  I found courage and I became determined.  I broke out of the box I’d been putting myself in and I decided to test my limits.  I decided to DREAM and to believe in the beauty of my own dreams.  And I decided to work hard for them.  And now, here I am, all signed up for this race and just oh-so, ever-so grateful for this opportunity.  I will run my heart out on that day.


When I ran my qualifying time in March, I was elated.  So happy because I had done this thing that at one point I truly never thought I COULD do.  It wasn’t really **about Boston** so much as it was about the dream that Boston represented, and all it took to get there.  I knew that my time might not even be fast enough to get me accepted in the race (the registration system works in such a way that people with the faster qualifying times are given entry first).  But I told myself not to worry about that.  I had done my very best and I had qualified, and if I was meant to run Boston in 2013 then I would.  And if I wasn’t, well, then I would still be so proud.  And I would be running it 2014.  Because my dreams didn’t stop at 3:34 or BQ’ing for the first time.  That was truthfully only the beginning.  It was a defining moment for me because it showed me that I should never set limits on my dreams or on what I think I’m capable of.  I would keep an open heart and I would work hard and I would be smart and dedicated.

And now here I am, a little more than 5 weeks away from my 10th marathon with my sights set on a new personal record and plans for my 11th marathon already lined up.  Boston, here I come.

I’m dreaming bigger – and working harder – than ever before.  And I’m having the time of my life.


1st Marathon. Philly 2000. 5:21:20.
9th Marathon. RnR USA 2012. 3:34:46

24 thoughts on “no limit

  1. So, so, so happy for you!!! You are proof that anything is possible! Seriously, you are my inspiration and I cannot wait to hear about your Boston experience! Congratulations Jess, you worked so hard and you totally deserve it!!!!

  2. Congratulations! I can't tell you how excited I am for you. You worked so hard to get this and now your dream is real! You are amazing Jess!!!! Dreams don't work unless you do and you did it!!!! I will be there I might be running or I might be cheering you on, but come April 2013, I will be there.. CANT WAIT

  3. The beauty in this is that you dared to believe!
    Energy follows thought and whatever you decide to focus on has the potential to come into being.
    I'm most proud of you for you dedication to believe in your self. And thank you for sharing. It's very inspiring to read your posts. Beautifully written. I love your heart Jess! Run with your heart in Boston! I hope we can be there to cheer you on too!!!

  4. I'm so excited for you Jess. Honestly and truly. You have worked so very hard for this and deserve this and everything that Boston represents. You are a huge inspiration and can't wait to cheer you on for MCM and BOSTON!!!

  5. I am so so happy for you Jess.
    I am like you..I believe in dreaming big. Hood to Coast was that for me…to run it was my dream and I still cannot believe I got to do it…
    for me it was big, I started running at 41, I used to be heavy..I was lost and now I am a new Caro.

    you are an inspiration my dear Jessica! Boston here she comes!!

  6. I would keep writing that over and over again. You earned that! So proud and inspired by you. I wished that things were different so that I could meet you in Boston in April. Thankfully I did run another BQ in April so hopefully I will be healthy enough to register for 2014.

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