Running her first Boston Marathon in 2013, Shonna Cirone made it up Heartbreak Hill, ran through the Wellesley “scream tunnel,” and was almost to Kenmore Square when she was instructed to stop. Something had happened at the finish line, and the race was over. Unable to reach her friends by phone, she decided to continue walking into the city.
“I was pretty disoriented and I can't imagine what I looked like,” Cirone wrote in a blog post following the event. “I was tired, I was crying, and limping a little. People I passed randomly offered use of their phones and help, but I really didn't know what to do.” When she found her husband, she broke down in tears.
One year later, Cirone is committed to finishing what she started — though training has been particularly tough. “The ice and snow have really been rough. My first training run out, I slipped and fell! I've been dealing with some injuries related to that fall, so I have had to take it a little easier than I wanted to. Also, I'm a group fitness instructor and actor, so it can be tricky finding the best days for the long runs especially.”
That said, she's looking forward to crossing the finish line. “I'm really honored and excited that they are letting us all run again next year,” she says. “I know that I'll probably cry a lot. And I know that we’re all going to finish.”
Follow along with Shonna on Marathon Monday @primashonna.