What a day it was.
Here I am, four days after the Boston Marathon and I still have goose bumps from that day. There are no words to describe what running on that course was like on Monday. The feeling along the entire course was ELECTRIC. As my body heals this week, I cannot help but reflect back on what was probably one of the best days of my life. My quads and hamstrings are still a little sore, but my pride is absolutely still glowing! I grew up just outside of Boston and I ran last year, it was my very first marathon. I did not get to celebrate last year, all of that excitement was taken away from me (and everyone else that day). This year I got to celebrate with my family and actually enjoy my accomplishment. There is nothing like it and nothing as sweet as crossing that finish line!
My Official time was 3:24:30!
For those of you who have been reading my blog, you know I was battling some injuries this winter. I had a feeling all along that I WOULD run, but I was nervous (and didn’t want to be in pain or cause permanent injury). I had people tell me that it wasn’t a good idea, but I wasn’t willing to let that stop me. If I was to run Boston, this WAS the year and I had to do it. The good thing is, as it got closer I started to feel a lot better (thanks to my chiropractor, massage therapist and acupuncturist) and running the race was becoming more of a reality. I What’s amazing is, I took five whole weeks off from running this winter and still took four minutes off from last year! It goes to show that you don’t have to over train to run a marathon:).To be honest, I wanted to break 3:20 (my time from Chicago in October), but given the course and all that went on with my foot injury, I was overjoyed knowing that I ran a Boston PR and qualified again for next year! I realize that not every race can be a PR and I am happy with my strong finish.
The course was TOUGH for me this year, especially after mile 16! The consensus I’ve received from a lot of lot of runners is that their quads were cramping up big time around mile 16, and continued to throughout the race. Yup, this was me!
I think I was just so excited in the beginning, that I went out too fast on the down hills and that came back to bite me. I had a great run until around 16 and things started to get cramped up. Luckily, as a last minute decision I packed headphones in my Fuel Belt pouch (I NEVER run with music). My quads were burning so badly that I threw on my headphones and it forced me to zone in. While the crowds were AMAZING and so loud, I needed to listen to music to get me through miles 16-20. Once I got closer to the city, the crowds got even bigger and that helped me through to the finish line.
If you have ever run the Boston Marathon, you know that the best sign in the world is seeing Hereford Street, knowing all you have to do is take a right and then a left onto Boylston Street, and you’re home free! As I took that turn on Monday and ran down Boylston, all I could do was run as fast as I could, just thinking about what happened last year… it gave me the fuel I needed! With tears of joy in my eyes, I crossed that finish and it was the best feeling in the WORLD. The best part is that I also did not further injure myself by running this race!
Here are some of my favorite photos and moments from the Boston Marathon and the Marathon Expo! These are moments I will cherish forever.
Meeting Kara Goucher and Lauren Fleshman, who were representing Oiselle at the Boston Marathon Expo on Saturday. They are so down to earth and just plain awesome! I felt start struck!
My Marathon day outfit. Thanks Oiselle for being so perfect. I loved my Strappy bra, Flyte Tank, Distance Shorts and Lux arm warmers… totally comfortable, no chaffing and super cute. Plus I stood out in the crowd, even better!
The sunrise in the Boston common at the buses and bag drop. The sunrise was beautiful and my eyes welled up with tears as I the buses drove down Tremont Street, runners waving and smiling out the windows… we were all so excited!
The excitement continued in Athlete’s Village, where I sat around for about 1.5 hours before heading to my start corral. I met a lot of nice people that morning and there was just so much JOY all around the village, we all could not wait to start the race!
Seeing my husband and family at mile 16.5!
All of the volunteers (and spectators) thanking ME as a runner for running this year! I thought that was amazing… The volunteers and spectators at the Boston Marathon are truly the best!
Meeting up with my husband and family in the Boston Common, just after finishing, feeling such pride.
I can’t WAIT for next year! #BostonStrong