April 22, 2014

Boston Marathon results and giveaway winners

Boston, Boston, Boston, I love you so much. Because I'm typing on my phone (just can't get as wordy as I like here because typing is too slow!), this will be a brief summary of Boston.


Because qualifying for Boston took A LOT of hard work for me, I saw the race there as the prize. You work hard so you can enjoy the spoils. Then last year's bombings happened, making this race even more meaningful. Not only was it my prize for personal hard work, but add to that a sense of determination from every runner and spectator to prove that good will not succumb to evil in the world. The feeling there yesterday was a mix of pride, sadness for this who suffered, elation that an American won (which I heard shouts of along the course -- "The American won. The American won."), excitement, and joy. I've never experienced anything like it. 


My family was able to catch up with me to take the pic below. Unfortunately I didn't see them, although they thought I did. Nope, just a lot of that crazy excited arm action going on yesterday. Notice that in this pic I'm running the same path as Meb ran a few of hours earlier. I love that about this sport: the elites and rookies run the same path on the same day.


My goal was to enjoy every minute of the course. The only real running goal I had was to not walk Heartbreak Hill (below). Nailed it! 


My favorite spot on the whole course (other than the finish) was Boston College. Those kids were so fun. If you go in for one high five there, expect to ride that wave for another 500 high fives. They were pumped.

But the whole course was full of Boston Strong. And Boston was just that yesterday.


I finished in 4:11, not a personal record and slower than my first marathon, but it felt amazing. My only regret is that I didn't slow down more on Boylston to savor that experience. I just wanted to stand there and soak that in, but I got swept through with excitement. 


The support I felt from family and friends yesterday was overwhelming. Thank you to all of you for believing in me and showing so much love yesterday. 

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Winners of the Ortholite giveaway are Kristie Northern, Tanya Sylvan, and Teresa Millstone. Congrats, y'all! Please email me your shoe size and address to yomommaruns(at)gmail.com. 

18 comments:

  1. Such an amazing race! I can only dream of running it some day. If I ever get that chance, I will not turn it down :)

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  2. Congrats on finishing the Boston Marathon! Yes, I love that we can all race with the elites!

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  3. Awesome job and congratulations! You are truly an inspiration!

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  4. You seriously have the best race face. I can feel your excitement through my computer! Congrats congrats congrats!

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  5. Congrats! Great job. What an amazing experience!

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  6. Woooohoooo! Congrats on a great race! I can't wait to hear the full recap on a run soon :)

    And hooray for Ortholites! (Tanya)

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  7. Congrats to you! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  8. You rock! Great job and congratulations!

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  9. Glad that you enjoyed every minute of the course and took it all in. If I ever qualify for Boston my goal will be to have a good time, enjoy and leave the Garmin at home! Congratulations!

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  10. Hooray for fulfilling a dream!! Way to go - you are a Boston Marathoner!!!

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  11. Mazel! And best race candid evah!!!

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  12. I am beyond excited for you and this epic race you got to participate in. I LOVE the photo of you turning on to Boylston St. I really don't know how runners didn't come to a screeching halt at that corner. When MEB rounded that corner and the crowds were going insane, it was so emotionally overwhelming, I was at my desk just crying tears of joy!!!!!!

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  13. I am so excited for you!!! What an amazing experience! Congrats on qualifying and getting into the race and what an amazing day!!! Love that pic of you!

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  14. CONGRATULATIONS!! So proud of you and you inspire me :)

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  15. Woohoo! Congratulations! What an experience that must have been for you. Savour it! You earned it!

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  16. Congratulations! I love that picture of you and thought it was me for a second, as I was doing the same thing all day (at least when I wasn't high fiving people too!). What an amazing day it was!

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  17. Congratulations...I was stalking your results. So very glad you had such an amazing time after all your hard work to qualify! Race recap please, once you can walk again :)

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  18. Congrats on finishing Boston!! It's a special race any year but this year was particularly amazing!

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