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Nice little Cloudy Hill lunch loop today. Feeling good, feeling fit, feeling strong! #justdoit

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Boston Strong

The Boston Marathon takes place today, one year after the tragic bombings near last year’s finish line took three lives and wounded more than 260 others. Among the survivors include mother-and-daughter duo Celeste and Sydney Corcoran. Celeste lost both legs below the knee and Sydney sustained serious injuries that left significant scarring. As part of his Dear World project, photographer Robert X. Fogarty has created a series of portraits of survivors, first responders and supporters. Check it out here.

Dear World

Having run the Boston Marathon in 2012 and returned to Boston during Thanksgiving last year for a few days at MIT, the city holds a special place in my heart. Reading what the survivors have to say about going through the tragedy is truly uplifting and reminds me how blessed and lucky I am, in spite of the current circumstances. Yes, some days are harder than others, some days I don’t want to get out of bed, some days I can’t stop crying, but no one said it was going to be easy. I don’t get to be with the person I love and my daughter won’t have her father around, but I have life, I have my legs, I have good health, and I have a beautiful baby coming in 10 weeks…

As one survivor says: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

Amen.

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Super Mary

If you ever had the great fortune to meet Super Mary, you’d never guess she was such an ace swimmer. The only thing that might give away her love for the water is her perpetual tan. Super Mary doesn’t have the physique of Phelps or anything close to a typical speedy swimmer. She’s meek and always smiling. She would only introduce herself as Mary, of course – the “Super” was added on by coach as a nickname, which most of us in Fitfish have. (Mine is 小红帽, literally Little Red Riding Hood, because when I first joined I wore a red swim cap. The cap’s now white but the nickname has stayed. But anyway, back to Super Mary.)

With her impending nuptials, today’s Fitfish Monday sesh was a three-hour affair, set aside just for Super Mary to swim 10km. The rest of us would just swim as far as we fancied; some guys drafted her wake, some others like me just floated along, getting lapped ever so often by Super Mary and her smooth, gliding strokes. She said she didn’t know how long she’d take to complete 10km, and neither would she keep count of the laps. She just knew she had done an open water 15km swim in about 4h 15min, so would swim for time rather than distance. I suppose that meant swimming non-stop for three hours. Swimming in the open water is typically slower than in the pool, and I reckon she’d be done with 10km way under three.

I managed to pack in an easy paced 4.5km in 90 minutes, and then I was out, showered and off to work. It was my longest swim by far in a long while, split into 2k with short training fins, 2k swim and 500m easy pulling. I felt good and strong, concentrating on the catch and pull phase of each stroke, trying my best to glide along even though little M doesn’t help with hydrodynamics!

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