The Boston Marathon's Heartbreak Hill is probably the most legendary of marathon running "heartbreak hills," referring to steep inclines along a race course.
Boston's version is noted as particularly grueling because of the point at which the rise comes: 20 miles into the 26-mile race.
William and Mary sophomore Jessica Armstrong was so focused in the 119th running on April 20, her first Boston Marathon, that she nearly eclipsed the infamous hill without even noticing.
"I knew that Heartbreak was the fourth one but I didn't know how many hills I had run yet," said Armstrong, a 19-year-old chemistry major. "So I saw the sign at the top of...