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Jo Dee Messina completes Boston Marathon

Monday, April 17, 2006 – Jo Dee Messina finished the Boston Marathon today in her debut in the grueling event. Messina, who was from Hopkinton, Mass., where the race starts, turned in a time of 6:05.42 for an average mile of 13:57. The singer was running the world's most famous marathon with her brother, Vinnie. As of 4:45 p.m., Messina and her brother were walking up the final of the very difficult Heartbreak Hills in Newton, Mass., which appear between the 18th and 21st miles of the race. Messina appeared to be favoring her left leg.

In a posting on her web site Sunday, Messina wrote "On the way home from registration my brother wanted to at least drive Heartbreak Hill. Apparently I had missed a turn on my journey yesterday morning and left out the final climb. For the first time I'm actually wondering if I can do this. I barely said a word. When I get scared I get quiet. My brother is the opposite. When he gets scared he can't shut up. Needless to say the ride home was Vinnie talking and me hardly listening. I keep trying to figure how to make it up those hills. I've never had to run anything like them before. Is pacing myself going to be enough? They're so late in the run, what will my legs feel like?"

"We're now back at the house. The fire Dept in Hopkinton has invited us to stay there tonight. That will be good. We locked down those plans this morning and will be heading over to the fire station at 8 p.m. this evening. My brother's wife is making us pasta for lunch and dinner. It's been quite a while since I've eaten pasta. It will be interesting to see how my body responds."

"I've been dealing with a sore right leg. A bit in the calf and mostly the hamstring. I'm hoping with one more nights sleep I'll be ready to go."

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