Yesterday’s Marathon was full of wet, windy weather, a spectator’s nightmare and (depending on who you are) an obstacle for runners. Some, like Desi Linden and Yuki Kawauchi, thrived in the poor conditions en route to a victory. From my vantage point in Cleveland Circle, some runners were really fighting against the weather. But still, others expressed joy and exuberance as they ran by.
The weather was particularly demoralizing for Mary Shertenlieb. Wife of Rich Shertenlieb, who’s a co-host of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich morning show, Mary was running her first marathon on behalf of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A three-time cancer survivor, Mary’s body couldn’t handle the brutality of the conditions, and doctors told her she should stop racing at mile 15.
But this story does have a happy ending, as Mary and Rich came back later in the day at the same spot she exited the course, determined to finish the race. Just after midnight, the couple crossed the finish line on Boylston Street. It’s a testament to finishing what you start no matter the circumstances, and it’s a hell of a feel-good moment. Despite the obstacles, she finished Boston Strong.
Still Finishing Strong
Did you see what happened to Southwest flight 1380? Because holy hell that was something. Engine blows out, shrapnel everywhere, window breaks, woman almost flies out window, woman brought back in, plane lands.
If you’re struggling to visualize this, you’re not the only one. I am confused and concerned over how this could have occurred. However, I will say the crew responded to this impressively. It was a near perfect landing but tragically one person lost their life. What’s remarkable to me is the ability to alter the flight plan so quickly. Just crazy.
Never forget, flying is still the safest form of transportantion.