Running the Boston Marathon was an incredible experience. Being part of the 118-year tradition was both amazing and emotional. I qualified for the Boston Marathon in Paris last April, a week before the bombing happened in Boston. I was still determined to be a participant in 2014.
I arrived on Saturday, April 19th in Boston and I will say the city was alive and ready to take on the 37,000+ runners. I had been unsure about how I felt up to that point, but after being surrounded by all the positive energy on the streets I was beginning to get more and more excited about the upcoming run on Monday April 21st.
Training this winter for the Boston Marathon was challenging. The snowfall in Jackson Hole was unstoppable in February. To top it off, I was fortunate enough to get a new job~one I have been striving towards~ throwing a major wrench in my running program. Since I have run marathons before I knew I needed to get my mileage up so I wouldn’t get hurt. I was able to do that regardless of all the mini hurdles that I came across. The one part of my training that stayed consistent was working out with Crystal at Wright Training. I am happy I did!
The race began Monday morning April 21st under sunshine and blue skies. I felt under prepared and ready to run at the same time. I knew my training at Wright Training would come in useful during the long down hills and strenuous up hills the crazy Boston course has to offer.
When my race started I went out too fast. I was fully enjoying the crowds and benefit of the downhill. I felt emotional thinking about the events of last year and absorbed my surroundings. The heat kept rising throughout the crowded course. 70 degrees is hot for a girl who is writing this on a snowy night (in late April) in Wyoming. I began slowing at each water stop to splish-splash myself and refuel as much as possible.
I knew going out too fast. In this heat it would catch up with me. It did a little after the half marathon point. I believe the hardest part of a marathon is between mile 17 and mile 20. I knew I could still finish strong~ That was what I kept telling myself. The crowds in Boston were very helpful. They recharge you if there are any doubts about why you are doing such a silly thing as a 26.2 mile timed run! There really is no crowd like a Boston Marathon crowd!
Running through the streets lined with excited shouting people is like no feeling that I can describe. It makes you stand taller, breath deeper, and run faster! You spy the famous CITGO sign and know the finish is so close. The energy on the Boston streets almost propelled me there. As I pushed myself across the finish line I was happy to be done and excited to meet up with my family. I made a major rookie mistake by not wearing a watch, and was unsure about my time! Something I’d never do again! I hobbled through the finish line procession and retrieved my belongings. I called my sister and found out my time. I had qualified for next year!! But missed my personal goal with my crazy excited legs at the beginning.
I look forward to next years race in Boston. I have learned a lot about my self and my training. A few things I will change: One, wear a watch; Two, run all winter no matter what the weather! Just run!
The thing I won’t change for next year is my strength training with Crystal at Wright Training. It helped push me through the hard parts of the race. I will continue to do that all year and for every race!
Thank you Crystal and the people of Boston~ See you next year!