Hope you had a great weekend! Boston is looking good these days.
It’s been about two months since Boston marathon, so I thought it was time for a recap! Sorry for the delay, but it was only for good reasons. Boston was actually sandwiched between my wedding and honeymoon in Nepal! After another busy month, I’ve finally had time to put the pen to the paper and reflect on the incredible race.
I won’t go into the details of the logistics/expo/course, but here are my race reflections this time around:
- This was my second Boston marathon, and it was as hot as the first (2016). They always say to prepare for cranky Patriots day weather, and I found the 75 degree air to be stifling after training in 30 degree temperatures over the winter. I routinely shy away from any goals in warmer temperatures, so decided early on that I’d just take in the scenes and enjoy the path from Hopkinton to Boston. This was disappointing after several months of solid training (with the help from my wonderful coaches), but my mental game wasn’t there. End result: I missed BQ’ing by 12 minutes, my initial goal by ~17 minutes.
- Missing a running goal is like a breakup: in the immediate aftermath, you want to do everything you can to repair the issue (i.e. – sign up for another race asap), but over time, with encouragement from your loved ones, you move on and accept it. At this point, I’ve fully moved on with the idea of running Boston again, or attempting to BQ again (at least for now, under the current qualifying time of 3:35). My attitude may change, but I’d have to have that fire again before I dive into another round of intense training. I’ve moved on to other races, distances, and goals. Let’s hope that BQ ex doesn’t surface again soon :)
- Running Boston this year with my sister made the race more special than I could have imagined. We didn’t start together (she was in a faster corral than me), but she was running with me in spirit and it was a memory that I’ll never forget.
- Many runners understand how special Boston is, but I especially appreciate this being from this area. So many friends and family members have their own Boston tales, as runners or spectators, and the race truly unites all generations. I hope every runner has the opportunity to run this race.
- Since Boston, I’ve run a couple of races that were much lower profile. The simplicity of these races (not that the distances were simple!) was a bit more relaxing. I realize that I truly enjoy those more quiet moments even more than a big city race. But there always will be something special about Boston.
A special thanks to Bertucci’s for providing a fabulous pre-race meal of pasta and red sauce and so many delicious rolls! Helped me get over heartbreak hill!
Thanks for another great year, Boston!
Anyone training for a BQ?
Thoughts on Boston marathon 2017?
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