A day after completing a marathon, a woman took her wedding vows

It was a big business.

Catherine Slayman, 27, of Bolivar, swapped her marathon-themed blue and yellow shorts and running shoes for peep-toe heels, a pencil skirt and a blouse when she married her fiancé, Brian Murphy, in Judge Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman’s courtroom. Tuesday April 19.

It came after a day when she strode forward – along with 30,000 others – from the start line of the Boston Marathon at 10.30am on April 18. She ran the whole race, hopped on a plane, arrived home at 10 p.m., and made it to the courtroom where she and her fiancé were married at 11 a.m. the next morning.

“My feet were pretty good. I haven’t even lost any nails,” said Catherine, who knows this can easily be a consequence of the 26.2 mile run.

New Ms. Murphy said she had never run before graduating from Fairless High School in 2012. In 2011, she worked at a water station with her church group during a run of 5 km to Beach City and thought that looked like fun. The following year, she ran without any training.

“I stank,” she said.

So she decided to try training to improve. And better herself, she did.

Previously, she ran three marathons, two in Columbus and one in Chicago. Her last race in Columbus qualified her to apply for the Boston Marathon. The qualifying time was 3 hours and 30 minutes. Catherine ran it in 3 hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds. After qualifying, the riders’ names are placed in a lottery, and those who are drawn can then compete. She qualified in 2019, but COVID interfered with racing until this year.

“I started training in February this year,” Catherine said. “My routine was to run about seven miles a day Monday through Friday, 14 to 23 miles on Saturday, and rest on Sunday. I usually go through about four pairs of shoes in a year. I get three to four hundred miles per pair.

Brian and Catherine met during a 5 mile run in 2015. They were attracted, but only started dating in 2015 when they reconnected on Facebook. He is employed by Robin Industries, she by Belden Brick. After their engagement last Christmas, the couple decided that Catherine should take advantage of her opportunity and she started working out.

Although Brian didn’t show up, he and Catherine’s parents, Rick and Michelle Slayman, were in Boston with her.

“They are my best support,” she said. “Brian keeps me going. His parents, Mike and Carol Murphy, cheered us on from their home.

“None of us were very worried about security because there was huge security, and even a military presence. I think we were all more worried about missing our flight home.”

He was successfully caught after Catherine completed the hilly course in three hours, 34 minutes and 58 seconds.

The Boliver couple plan to honeymoon in Vermont in September. Catherine, who will return to training in February for a race in May, said she hopes Brian will be back racing with her soon.

“Most of the fun of running is the company you keep,” she said. “Sometimes you just don’t feel like moving, let alone running, but once you start it’s worth it. It’s been fun. Just think, I finished running on Monday with a only name, and before taking my next ride, I changed it to a new one. How many people can say that?”

James B. Helms