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Meditate Mass 351 Challenge: 9 of 351 (Hopkinton)

Ken at Boston Marathon Starting Line, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, 25 December 2011

On my way home from my family Christmas celebration in Upton, I decided that I had enough time to meditate in another town on the way home (hey, the whole reason for this challenge is to get me to go to places that I otherwise wouldn’t go and experience it.)  I decided that I’d try to Hopkinton, as that was relatively on the way home, and not a place that I normally would go through.

Hopkinton is best known to most as being 26.2 miles west of Copley Square in Boston.  In other words, it’s the start of the Boston Marathon.  I stopped at the Town Common and saw the Marathon Starting Line painted on Main Street (Route 135) and did a walking mediation around the center.  It’s quite cold, so I didn’t want to spend too much time, and it’s getting darker earlier.

I did the marathon in 1998 (in 5:07:16, which is pretty good considering I race walked the marathon and finished before many of the runners) and haven’t really been back since. That was a time that I really set a goal (I had been coaching people as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Marathon Walking Program, but hadn’t done one myself, so I really wanted to do this to proved that I was a marathoner too.  It was a tremendous effort, but so worth it see that I could do whatever I put my mind to.

Ken with Boston Marathon Starter Statue, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, 25 December 2011

So, what goals have you put your mind to?

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