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Boston Marathon just keeps inspiring

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Twenty-six miles in under three hours? Oh, my aching feet! Before folks like me even get started in the Boston Marathon (at my 15-minute per mile pace it would take me—gulp!—6.5 hours) the winners were already smiling for the cameras and chugging sports drinks. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia zipped in at 2:09:17 and the first woman to cross the finish line, Caroline Rotich of Kenya, sped in at 2:24:55. Before you shake your head at the 15-minute time difference, consider this: the race’s very first woman, Kathrine Switzer, who was physically attacked by the race co-director for illegally entering (women were barred due to being too frail) finished in 4:20. By 1975 she whittled that time down to 2:51. This…

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