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ROSEMARY LATHER

Residence

Clemmons

Age

62

Finishing time

5:22:50

How I qualified

Tobacco Road Marathon, 3:59:04, March 2018

Boston experience

Third

Marathon experience

17th

How it went

"I was like an hour and 40 minutes slower than my qualifying time. But it was OK. I had hamstring pains since February, and I had six weeks of PT, and it didn't go away. six weeks PT. And then I got over a 104 fever (beginning March 23) for five days. I went to the hospital (March 25), and they tested for meningitis, and it turned out to be mono (diagnosed March 30). I was as sick as anything for two weeks. I earnestly rested, drank tons of water and ate healthy food and just tried to get better. Then last week, I tried running. I ran 3 miles on Tuesday and 4 miles on Thursday, and I could barely get through it. It was slow, and I had to stop and rest. My body was just done, but I decided to come to Boston anyway. I felt like every day, the mono is getting better and recovering. I'm 62, and I was very sick, and I wasn't going to take any chances. So I took my good old time, I run-walked, and I enjoyed it. I felt like I saw all the sights in Boston. I was able to appreciate all the towns. I chatted with a lot of volunteers. I chatted with a lot of runners. A lot of runners were having pain and injury, and I was trying to do what I could to encourage them. It was just a very pleasant day in that regard. I enjoyed the day. It was the hardest marathon I ever did, even though it was the slowest." 

'I love that dirty water'

"Because I was taking it so easy and being careful, I really got to embrace going up Hereford and turning left on Boylston. I was practically in tears. I just didn't think I would go to Boston this year, and I was never sure that I would even finish. I thought it was entirely possible that I would have to quit after 6-8 miles. It was such a joy to turn left on Boylston to accomplish something I didn't think I could do this year." 

How I'm celebrating

"I didn't get to see a lot of my friends, especially from Maryland, because I finished so late. My husband (Tom) and I went out to dinner, and now I'm just going to relax."

Contact Eddie Wooten at 373-7093, and follow @EddieWootenNR on Twitter.