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Carol Nicholas will leave later this week to compete in the Boston Marathon. Above, Nicholas is pictured in her home gym with a banner given to her by Quest 4 Health, where she received physical therapy after running-related injuries in 2012. The banner is kept in her gym, she said, “because it inspires me.”
Runner Boston bound

“I hate it a lot. I love it a lot. I dread it a lot. I need it a lot. It’s like a marriage. You push through the bad times because you know there’s going to be good times.”

— Carol Nicholas, on running

 

CRYSTAL RIVER — As Carol Nicholas crossed the finish line at the Rock N Roll Marathon in New Orleans in February 2013, she broke down sobbing.

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