To borrow a line from Reliv Distributors Joni Schwarz and Tony Pezzullo – I did not necessarily want to go back to Boston. I felt like I had to go. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was a special event this year in light of the tragedies that took place at last year’s finish line. Boston has always had significant meaning for me as it was a race that I used to run with my father and uncle every year and this was to be my sixth consecutive Boston Marathon. I was not sure if I would run again this year but in the end, I wanted to be there to be part of the “Boston Strong” support that turned up on this day. It was also my 51st birthday and what better way to celebrate than by running your heart out in front of a million people on the course? Continue reading “Back to Boston”
I took up running 10 years ago to help a friend who needed a running buddy. My son did his first 5K at the age of 8 and completed it in only 24 minutes! He challenged me to step it up, so I gave Reliv’s 24K™ and Innergize!® a shot. I take some before my races and then put a few 24K bottles in my pockets. It helps keep me focused on the task at hand and gives me a boost of energy during my race. It pushes me through the moments when I feel like slowing down. I stay focused on my goal! The Boston Marathon this year will be my 6th full marathon!
Update: Denise and her son both safely finished the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Reliv’s Vice President of International Joe Wojcik shares his thoughts on the 2013 Boston Marathon. Continue reading “A Runner’s Spirit: Reflections on the Boston Marathon”
Mile After Mile: I ran from Maine to Washington DC in January to support the Wounded Warrior Project and American Cancer Society. I’ve got more than 100,000 lifetime miles under my belt including 20 Boston Marathons and 14 NYC Marathons.
Integrating Nutrition: I started taking Reliv a few months ago, and have been amazed at the active energy boost I get! Guys my age do take notice when something we’ve been doing all our lives suddenly feels easier. Bouncy is how I’d describe it!
Overcoming the Wall: As distance runners know, the wall is a point where our bodies say ‘enough’ due to mental and physical factors. Reliv is helping to limit the physical part and keep me going.
I ran the Boston Marathon a week ago and wanted to share a few thoughts and comments on the world’s oldest marathon race — now in its 115th year. A race that started out with 15 runners in 1897 now hosts 27,000 marathon participants.
The race is always held on Patriots’ Day, and this year was a perfect day (for runners of course) with temperatures in the high 50s, mostly sunny and even a bit of a tailwind, which is unusual on this route.
I have done this race for each of the past three years, and it is always kind of an annual father/son weekend for me and my Dad. Unfortunately, he hurt his ankle this year and missed the race, although he was in Boston to cheer me on. He was disappointed but did still manage to get in a two-mile run that day to keep his 34-year running streak alive. I am amazed at how he can run every single day of every single year for that many years. My uncle from Texas also ran this year, and we had fun at the Athlete’s Village where he gave me some pre-race tips (he has run Boston 11 times so it is old hat for him) and told me a few jokes to keep me loose. I downed a shot of 24K™ and wished him luck and made my way to the starting line.
You see a lot of people dressed up in Revolutionary War garb along the route in honor of the holiday. You also see people holding up the scores of the Boston Red Sox game in case you were wondering how the Sox were doing while panting your way back into Boston. There are an estimated 1 million people lined up to watch the race, which makes it quite special (and pretty loud). One of my favorite sections is running through the gauntlet of screaming women from Wellesley College at the 13-mile mark. You hear them before you see them and they have signs that say stuff like “Kiss Me – I’m a Senior” and “Kiss Me – I’m from New York.” The conventional wisdom is that if you are having a good race, stay to the left to keep focused (they are on the right), and if you are having a bad race, you might as well slow down and enjoy the adulation. It is the closest you can get to feeling like a rock star for most of us middle-aged marathon runners. I was having a decent day so I just took it all in stride and watched some of the other guys chit chat with the girls for a few seconds or give them high fives.
I wore my Reliv singlet and a black Reliv logoed hat that I got from our great marketing department. It was terrific to hear all the support from the fans along the way, especially when they yelled out “Go, Reliv!”, “Reliv Rocks!” or “You can do it Reliv!” One woman yelled out (in her thick Boston accent): “Honey, look — it’s a Relivah!” I am sure proud to be one of those (even if I had never heard that particular term before).
My real favorite section of the race is the last 1,000 meters on Bolyston Street by the Prudential Center where the crowd is just roaring and they yell out your name as you cross the finish line. It gives me the chills every time and I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. This year was my best performance at Boston. I finished in 3:23:58, which placed me 5,942 overall. I beat my time from last year by 5 minutes so I was especially happy. Thanks to everyone at Reliv for their support and encouragement as I keep seeking to turn back the clock.
~by Vice President of International Joe Wojcik