Here we are with yet another Marathon Monday and another Patriot’s Day in the books. To be honest, I don’t think I really knew or fully understood the importance of the Boston Marathon before I moved to the east coast. Sure, I ran but I wasn’t immersed in the running community and was not friends with anyone who had run the race. It’s the oldest consecutively run marathon and obviously known as one of the most prestigious in the world. (source*) People normally spend months training for a marathon. But for the Boston Marathon, you may end up spending months and even years first qualifying and then running Boston. But, with all that hard earned blood, sweat, and tears, it’s sure a race to remember.
Now that I’ve lived out here for 2.5+ years, I’ve seen the race on TV (well on my computer…same thing) and it’s about time that I see it in person. I managed to clear my schedule, submit my PTO, and find a crew willing to trek up from NYC to watch and cheer our friends on. Carpe diem.
Last year I just so happened to be in the area, but was actually visiting Cape Cod with family and didn’t get to see the race. I did however run to Boston’s Friday workout on Summit Avenue (no joke those hills are killer) and saw plenty of runners shaking it out on Sunday before our train back to NYC.
Some people say that the only way you should be able to run Boston is by qualifying. It’s the thing to do for the bragging rights and something to prove you are a true runner. Not so fast. Part of me would love to participate and race in such an established event, however since I still have yet to run a marathon, the verdict is out if I’ll be in any place down the road to qualify. (*women 18-34 must run 3:35 and with so many speedy people, they pretty much need a few minute buffer to ensure acceptance).
Boston means so much more to people and while there will always be the speedy crew, there is also the option to participate in a charity and help fund raise for a well-deserving organization. Quite a number of charities actually provide training and support programs in exchange for raising money. Below is just a glimpse at one such program by Bain Capital.
Here are some articles related to the marathon, including a very well written tribute after the ’13 bombing by Emily Faherty
Huffington Post ~ “Heartbreak in Boston“
Runner’s World ~ Boston Marathon
BAA.com ~ “History of Qualifying Standards“
Today has already started on the right foot with a Boston NP Destination Deck workout and we’re off to cheer on our friends and so many others running in today’s race.
“Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.” – Dean Karnazes