Dimity and Sarah wrap up their involvement with the Saucony 26Strong program with a conversation with their cadets: Kelly, who completed the Philadelphia Marathon, and Alison, who spectated and cheered at Philly rather than running due to injury. Kelly recounts running the first half with Adrienne Martini by her side (alas Dimity was out due to injury as well), including a clever potty-break and reminders to stick to her run-walk pattern. Kelly gives a lively recounting of, “embracing the back of the pack,” including friends she made along the way. Dimity adds to the fun with details of cycling much of the route with Kelly’s 12-year-old daughter, encouraging signs and all. Find out how lyrics by Gorillaz featured in the party atmosphere, then find out how the race went for Sarah. (Spoiler alert: As her second marathon in six weeks, Philly involved climbing into a “pain-cave,” then pulling herself out.) Sarah’s cadet, Alison, reveals how she felt to watch a race she had trained for months to run.
Before all the Philly fun, Sarah shares details of a difficult, but important, conversation she had with her elderly parents. It felt more draining than the marathon—and there’s no finish line in sight for that journey.
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