It’s Marathon Monday! The Boston Marathon is today! For those of you who have never watched it, spectated at the race, or have run the race, you must do one of these three! It’s seriously inspiring. I’m excited to watch it this morning since I have the day off! Getting ready to watch it has reminded me of when I ran it with my sisters back in 2011.
We were so excited the day before, and the morning of. We had worked so hard to get there, and it was almost time. The marathon hype was all around us. We were about to run the most elite, well-known marathon in the USA.
I remember the race like it was yesterday. We arrived at a bus station about 2 miles from the race start at 6:30am.
The bus then took us to the start line, but we couldn’t stay there. We then were instructed to walk a mile up to the ‘athlete’s village’, wait until our wave was called, then we could walk back down to the start line. Our wave was set to go off around 10:30am. We waited for a while in athlete’s village, but eventually got down to the start line!
We stood in our corral for what seemed like hours. The gun finally went off, and we slowly made it to the start line. Even after we crossed the line though, it was still slow going. I remember being in a full-blown PACK for the first 4 miles. We finally made it through the pack so we could settle in to a consistent pace. Unfortunately we started off too fast, so the race was rough from that point on, but that’s for another post. Today is all about the GOOD things from the race
The fans were AMAZING! Seriously every part of the race course was lined with spectators. It was the most spectator-driven energy I’ve ever experienced from a race. I remember a particular time during the race that I was struggling, and we ran through Wellesley college and the girls were all out SCREAMING and cheering. The tradition is they scream for kisses from the male runners. Obviously I didn’t partake, but it was still very encouraging to be cheered on so much by SO many people! It was also pretty funny to watch the guys run by and kiss the girls too.
Another great part about the race was the subway system. Why do I say that? Well, it made it possible for our parents (our most dedicated fans) to see us at mile 16, AND mile 25, then greet us after the finish line! A point-to-point race is always difficult for family to follow you around, but the subway system helped them see us.
Also, the volunteers were EPIC! So so many volunteers. At the start line, at the aid stations, and at the finish line. They were all so helpful! I remember crossing the finish line and was just wandering aimlessly, but a volunteer kindly directed me to the busses where my athlete drop bag was at, and then told me where to go to meet my family at the ‘family meeting area’. I remember when I got to the meeting area that I couldn’t find my family. I was so tired, and I didn’t know what to do, so I just started shouting “Peterrrrr” over and over. (My brother in-law ran the race too and I knew he finished before me and would be there by then.) I finally spotted him and was very relieved! Soon after, Leah joined me (it took her longer to find her drop bag), then lastly Sarah came. Finally, we were all re-united after a long day and a great experience! Lastly, and possibly the best thing about the race was the airport! Sarah, Jared (her husband), and I all had to fly out that afternoon. We were hobbling, and still wearing our race clothes…yea…nasty. But, it was so obvious that we just ran the race, so the security people let us go through an “expedited security”! Then they let us use a special washroom to clean-up and change clothes. That was the best ever So nice to feel clean again!
All in all, it was a great day. An experience I will never forget. The wonderful memories will stay with me forever. Will I ever run it again? I’m not sure… I guess when I’ve forgotten all the painful memories from the race, I might decide to do it again I hope you all got a chance to watch it this morning! (Or run it!) Let me know if you did!!