I know it’s been a week since I ran the Boston Marathon and I owe you a recap of my amazing time, however, every time I sit down to write about it, I cannot seem to come up with the words to capture my experience. Epic, joyous, superb, meaningful, celebratory, memorable, unforgettable…these words barely begin to scratch the surface. So instead, I’ll attempt to sum up the day in pictures.
Getting ready to leave my hotel around 6:45am. I wrote the initials of the 4 that perished last year on my arm to remind me what is really important this day.
Met friends prior to boarding the bus in Boston Common.
Got to Hopkinton and hung out at Athlete’s Village for about an hour and a half. Sun was shining and it was starting to warm up.
In my starting corral ready to go!
A few miles into the race. Yep, just a bit crowded, we already lost my friend, Lorina. She went on to run a great race (much faster than I could have done), but we missed running with her!
Fortunately, my awesome friend, Sheilah, and I were able to stick together the entire race, despite me telling her to leave me behind since she is super speedy. (I guess my pace was a good recovery pace for her since she just run an ultramarathon the weekend before!)
The infamous Wellesley College girls offering up kisses (looks like the guy in yellow went in for one!).
I didn’t know that Sheilah had taken a picture of me taking a picture of the Wellesley girls! (I’m in the blue tank top and hat.)
Around 14.5 miles, best part of the race, getting to hug my sister! I missed seeing her last year on the course, so this made me SO happy!
Mile 21, Boston College, “The Heartbreak is Over” sign marking the end of Heartbreak Hill. Whew!
The famous CITGO sign. Not too much farther to go, thankfully, because I’m really struggling by now, feeling the heat and some MS symptoms that come with it. Made a stop at a medical tent to get some more ice.
DONE! Crossed the finish line in 3:56:23 hand in hand with my race day angel!
Back in March I mentioned Lorina being my race day angel when I ran the Phoenix Marathon. In Boston, Sheilah filled that roll. Running 4 hours in the midday sun is very tough on my body and my MS. Thankfully, Sheilah was by my side making sure I was fueling, getting water and telling me to pour it on my hands and arms, she even ran to the other side of the road to get me ice chips, and put them down my back to help keep me as cool as possible, not to mention getting other runners to sing me happy birthday a mile before we finished! It was truly a blessing to get to run with Sheilah.
Just like the 2013 Boston Marathon, I will never forget this day. However, the memories will be much sweeter and more joy-filled because the day went off without any issues. Thank you to the city of Boston, the volunteers, the best spectators ever, and all the police, firemen and military that helped keep the race safe.
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31