A warm welcome for marathoners in Boston Monday

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04/21/2014 7:20 AM

05/16/2014 1:17 PM

It's off to the races Monday morning for myself and 35,999 other runners at the 118th Boston Marathon.

My plan is to run under 3 hours and 40 minutes. If I do it at age 58, great, I will be qualified for another one of these in 2015.

And if I run slower, and I certainly could, that's the way these 26.2-mile races go!

The weather is always a concern, and it will be a tad warm today, reaching into the 60s. But it won't be 87 degrees like it was for my other Boston in 2012, thank goodness.

About 150 other Kansas City area runners will be here today. We have been welcomed by the city of Boston the last few days.

About 1 million people are expected to cheer us on today. It's going to be a lot of fun at times.

And it will be hard. But I will start thinking about that at mile 13 or 14!

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