Category: Marathons & 1/2 Marathons

My First Boston Marathon…An Unexpected Ending

If there’s one thing that I never expected to witness in my life, it would be an act of terror.  I certainly didn’t expect to witness such an act after I crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  What a tangled, twisted, emotional day that was and for so many reasons.  I was having a hard enough time… Read more →

Reflections of the Boston Bombing…A Timeline From That Day, April 15, 2013

I was going through my emails and files this morning, organizing and came across this timeline that my husband Jamie created following the aftermath of that dreadful day that we will never forget.  I wanted to put this someplace safe; my blog made the most sense.  I ran the race that day…Jamison was my support crew of one.  I had… Read more →

50 States Racing: Virginia

This was a tough race for me for a few reasons.  First, we drove all night Thursday after I worked 3-11 to get there Friday.  We tried to sleep, but couldn’t, so we went to eat twice with packet pick-up in between.  What was nice was being able to get up at 6:30 and walk out our hotel to the… Read more →

Columbus 1/2 Marathon course partially recovered 13.21 mi 01:54 08:37 pace

2 weeks after our full at St. George, who would think we’d feel up to running 13 miles? Well, it was a last-minute effort and despite 4 hours of sleep after being at a Halloween party, I put my best foot forward with my hubby Jamison R. and we both towed the line and decided to see where we were… Read more →

Boston Marathon 2013

Name Michel, Debra (USA) age group Female 45-49 bib number 17848 Age 46 State OH totals place (M/W) 6548 place (ag) 989 place (total) 16815 time total (net) 04:05:32 time total (gun) 04:11:52 splits Split time of day time diff min/mile miles/h 5K 10:52:10AM 00:25:50 25:50 08:19 7.22 10K 11:18:35AM 00:52:15 26:25 08:30 7.06 15K 11:45:47AM 01:19:27 27:12 08:46 6.85… Read more →


I did it!!!! Yay me!!! 7th marathon, 10 years running…my 51st race…I did it!!!  I needed 3:55 and blew it out of the water! 28 minute marathon PR!  I left all I had in the beautiful southern Utah mountains and enjoyed sharing this journey with my friends & fellow BQers Brandon and Carrie(who has ran Boston numerous times and will… Read more →

Akron 1/2 Marathon 13.11 mi 01:50 08:23 pace

This was an odd turn of events! I headed to Akron to work for Bondiband at the expo and to be there for my awesome friend Carla Jo C. as she ran her second full to re-qualify for Boston–which she did with a nice 3:43 (plan is and has been, for both of us to BQ and do it together,… Read more →


This is my worst marathon time…ever, but a very hard-earned race in 80 to 90 degree temps. Thank you everyone for your support and concern…I got back to 30 texts and a ton of Facebook messages. I ran smart like I promised and I chucked Boston at mile 8.  The pacers in the race were even dropping back…getting replacement pacers at… Read more →


Talk about close!!  As I make my comeback, my only goal for today was to squeak back under 2:00 for the 1/2 & worry about getting back down to where I was later down the road.  I didn’t go whole-hog since I had to proceed gingerly about how I planted my boo boo foot with each stride (even though 2… Read more →


Pace/Speed Final Time & Place (A/G/O) Time 09:36 / mile 2:05:54 Place (A/G/O) 72 395 18% 486 2540 19% 1470 4664 32% I never thought I would “purposefully” set a race goal of 10-15 minutes slower than my PR BUT given that I could not get a deferral or transfer for my entry after my unfortunate mishap on July 30th,… Read more →

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