Posted by: jmwilsonmga | April 30, 2013

Hug your Kids and Tell your Family you love them : This Runner’s Boston Marathon Experience

Boston Marathon SFQualifying for Boston is a dream for many runners. I was fortunate enough to qualify in 2012 and would be running the Boston Marathon in 2013!!    I was so excited!

As I stepped up to the starting line on Monday April 15th, 2013, the thought crossed my mind, “could I run a Boston qualifier at Boston”?   I felt great, the issues I was having with my knee and IT band had totally disappeared and I had been sleeping well, so with that thought I set my sights on running the course under 4 hours.  I will tell you I have no idea where that thought came from, and I would only later know the importance of my decision.

I ran amazingly strong, kept my pace the entire course, and crossed the finish line running 3:59:01, a sub 4 hour at Boston, and yes, at my age that is a Boston Qualifier.

 I did it!

I made my way down a few steps to get my medal, and as the young man was putting the medal on me, I saw & heard the first explosion. We both looked at each other and within seconds, the second explosion.  I immediately said to the young man, “that is not supposed to happen”, and he replied that I was correct.

The officials began to quickly move us down Boylston Street away from the finish line.  The fear was overwhelming, and I had no idea where my husband Mike was.   His plan was to ride the subway out to Heart Break Hill (around Mile 21), in hopes of seeing me on the course to cheer me on, which he did.  Then, to take the subway back to Boylston Street, in hopes of seeing me cross the finish line.

The plan was to meet at the family meeting zones if we did not see each other at the finish line, so I hurried to see if he was there. He was not. Our plan B was to meet at the hotel if we did not find each other within 30 minutes of me finishing, so I went to the hotel. Still, no Mike.

All I could do was pray that he had not made it back to the finish line. I had no phone with me, so I asked many folks to use their phone in hopes of getting a call to Mike and my family. Everyone was very kind and willing to let me, but calls were not getting out.

What I did not know, was that at the time of the explosion, the subway stopped and everyone was taken off the subway and diverted.  Mike, my family, friends, and my office family at J M Wilson; had been tracking my time. They all knew that I was at the finish line at the time of the explosion.

 Almost 2 hours passed before Mike and I were able to find each other.

As I stood in the lobby of our hotel with so many others, I attempted to text Mike one more time – just as he walked through the hotel doors. To see Mike was an answer to prayer. As you might guess; we hugged, cried and hugged some more.

I know God gave me the strength to run strong that day and put it in my heart to run under 4 hours, because that was never in my plan.

I am truly overwhelmed with the love and concern from our friends & family. We are so blessed to share our lives with some of the greatest people in the world.  We love you all.   Thank you all for your prayers and love. It was felt in Boston that day.

The Boston Marathon was filled with many emotions for me, and many have asked me: “will you run it again?” To that I reply: YES!!!

One of my favorite quotes of the day:

If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathon runners are the wrong group to target. -David and Kelvin Bright

Sandi Fritz, Vice President Branch Offices

Sandi Fritz, Vice President Branch Offices

About the Author : Sandi Fritz, Vice President, Branch Offices

Sandi Fritz joined J.M. Wilson in 1981 and currently serves as the Vice President, Branch Offices.  She manages the transportation team in Michigan and in the branch offices, as well as works with our companies to foster relationships, communication, training, and goals.  She also manages each of our branch offices helping them to meet their goals, communicate, and train.  Sandi loves everything about insurance.  She can’t imagine doing anything else, anywhere else.  She loves helping people write business and meet goals.  Sandi feels very privileged to have met and known some of the greatest people in the insurance industry.  In her free time, Sandi enjoys being involved with her church, running, biking, skiing, and spending time on the beach.

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  1. so proud of you and am most grateful you all are safe.
    Lisa (Van Gemert) Nicklas.

    • Thanks for your comment, Lisa! We are so happy that Sandi is safely back with us. I’ll share your message with her.

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