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Former Fulda graduate shares experience at Boston Marathon

April 25, 2013

Sarah (Paulzine) Askdal was one of the thousands of runners who participated in the Boston Marathon.  She was very happy with her run time of 3:27, and then saddened by the events that changed so many people’s lives.  
  FULDA FREE PRESS/Submitted Photo
FULDA FREE PRESS/Submitted Photo
Sarah (Paulzine) Askdal was one of the thousands of runners who participated in the Boston Marathon. She was very happy with her run time of 3:27, and then saddened by the events that changed so many people’s lives.
By Norma Dittman, Fulda Free Press staff writer
Sarah (Paulzine) Askdal was one of more than 26,000 people who ran in this year’s Boston Marathon. She is a 1997 graduate of Fulda High School and is the daughter of Tony and Sue Paulzine.

Askdal began running marathons in September of 2011 when she ran in the Twin Cities Marathon. The following year, she participated in the Chicago Marathon.

“I enjoy exercising and running and marathons give me a reason to keep running,” Askdal said, explaining the reason she chooses to participate in marathons.

This was the first time that she ran in the Boston Marathon. “I registered for the Boston Marathon in September of 2012 and utilized my Twin Cities Marathon time of 3:34 and received confirmation. About 6 weeks later, my registration was accepted,” Askdal explained. “I then submitted my Chicago Marathon time as it was a little better at 3:32 and that time got me a better starting position in the Boston Marathon. I searched the internet for a random marathon training plan for the Boston Marathon. I have never used the same plan for the three marathons I have run. The plan I used for the Boston Marathon called for about 38 miles a week and the longest runs in the plan were 20 miles in which I ran five 20 mile runs. This winter was a struggle training for a marathon and I ran many miles on the treadmill including one 20 mile run.”

Askdal’s cheer team consisted of her husband Jeff, her mom Sue, Aunt Marcy, and her cousin Marty, and his family who live about 30 miles from Boston. “My mom was there and it means a lot to me to have her cheering and supporting me. She was also able to see me run the Twin Cities Marathon. My dad was not there but wished he could have been as he has never seen me run in a marathon,” Askdal commented.

“The Boston Marathon course had some hills and inclines and is known for Heartbreak Hill which is at about mile 21. It is definitely a challenge to have a hill towards the end of the marathon, however, I felt very good at mile 21 which made the hill much easier to run up,” Askdal said, as she described the course. “I had a personal best time in the Boston Marathon with a finishing time of 3.27.”

“There were spectators and people cheering along the whole course which makes the time go by fast! It was great to see all the people from all the small towns we passed through sitting in their lawn chairs along the course cheering loud. Some people along the course had stands set up for runners to get water, oranges, and bananas. Every mile the Boston Marathon volunteers had water and gatorade stands for the runners in order to keep all runners hydrated,” Askdal stated.

Askdal had crossed the finish line and was about four blocks away when the bombs were set off during the Boston Marathon.

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