Actually, without the marathon, “I” never would have blossomed.
We flew into Newport, RI two days before the race to reconnect with our wonderful friends, BJ and Jess. We haven’t seen them since they moved away last fall, and it was so nice to be away from the hoopla and pretentiousness that was penetrating Boston. We laughed. We ate. We drank. We relaxed. This was the best pre-race ritual, ever. Sunday afternoon, we took off to Boston to get our packets and get settled in to a hotel that was a mere 15 minutes from the race start. I slept in and was leisurely preparing for the day ahead of me.
BJ and I took the old fashioned school bus to the start line. It was relaxed and fun. I wasn’t nervous at all, considering this was THE BOSTON MARATHON. I had barely qualified for the cut-off for the 2nd wave (10:20am) and we began shuffling into our corrals shortly after the start of the race. I met some really nice people as we shivered and chatted with excitement. It was a cool but sunny 40 degrees. There was a nice tailwind too that would carry us on our way, from Hopkinton to Boston.
As I saw the Citgo sign off in the distance, I knew the pain and suffering was almost over. My left foot was numb and my body ached. I wanted to leave everything out there. And I did. As I rounded the corner and made my way down Boylston Street, the reality of what I was about to accomplish hit me like a tsunami ocean wave and the floodgates opened. I was breathless. I was shaking. and I was crying. As I am now, recounting this moment. I just ran the Boston Marathon. For the 2nd time. Only the ‘best of the best’ runners get to participate. And I was one of them. Me. I just ran my 50th marathon. Yes, that’s 5-0. FIFTY! Even fewer runners can achieve such a goal. And I PR’d this course by 79 seconds. I PR’d my Boston time. Seriously? Not many can say such a thing.
Final time 3:49:03, average pace 8:45
So when someone asks me what it felt like to turn *50*, with a grin and a misty eye, I can say, “it was 3 hours, 49 minutes and 3 seconds of pure amazing.”