Well, I did not win the Boston Marathon. Not even close. In fact, the winner could've run the marathon twice and still would've beat me. But I did enjoy the most spectacular event of running history that America has to offer. I had the time of my life.
Boston lived up to the hype that everyone has ever told me about. Wellesley and Boston College crowds could be heard half a mile away. The neighborhood spectators lined the streets with fresh oranges and one of my favorites: otter pops. And there is something about high fiving kids that gives you a mental boost in a pain-filled day.
Heartbreak Hill was not much of a heartbreak, though the timing of the hills, at miles 19 through 21, was a challenge for everyone. The finish line made you feel like you were waving from a Presidential motorcade. Boston, you know how to put on a race. I hope to be back again...as a spectator next time!
Here are some highlights:
|A big hello to the runners!|
|Packed Expo crowds|
|Josh Cox, 50k US Record Holder, and a cutie patootie|
|Planes, taxis, subways...and school buses.|
|Thugs or runners?|
|The secret shoes that have wings on them|
|Port a potty lines? No, runners loading the busses|
|Celebrating 25 years of marriage by running Boston! You should've heard the anniversary poem!|
|It's been said that it's good luck to walk under the Boston banner to get to the Athlete Village|
|Cold crowds getting into the zone.|
|Passing Dick and Rick Hoyt at Mile 16 was a highlight|
|Magic Capes to all finishers!|