Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All for Run, Run for All -Brief Boston Marathon Synopsis

As I mentioned in my last post, I set out for the Boston Marathon with the expectation that I would be documenting the day's events. Due to camera snafu's the night before I ended up with just my one from my phone. I started my day in Westford, driving into Alewife, taking the T to Park Street, then a bus from the Commons to Hopkinton. I probably spent about the same about of time traveling as I was planning on taking to run the marathon.

I didn't really know what to expect in regards to both security and the crowds so came into the day openminded. I was thinking that this race may be a somber occasion but I couldn't have been further from the truth. It turned into one big celebration of life and all those runners out there living it. Even the pre-race morning, usually filled with jitters, was surprisingly festive.

Side Note: I have only run Boston one other time in 2008 and hated it. Hated the crowds, the logistics, the course, pretty much everything. The thing was I was so focused on racing it that I couldn't step back and really enjoy it. This time was the opposite. I had a blast. I went in with no expectations of time or placing and wanted to just be out with everyone celebrating.

I was able to put together a video of the day, but it appears that the way I published my video, I can't post it in YouTube and therefore can't embed it in this blog. Here's the link to it though if you do want to see jostling runners and an unintended selfie.

In summary, I did all the "classic" Boston Marathon stuff, kissing the Wellsley girls, drinking beer with the BC boys, hamming it up with the crowds. I wasn't able to get a lot of great footage but was also able to get a sense of why people came out in such great numbers. Running, like life, can be painful but the joy and fun experienced far outweighs it and needs to be celebrated.

A fun and memorable day and congrats to Meb for taking back the crown for the US!

Up Next: Pittsburgh Marathon(May 4-Danny), Ironman Texas(May 18-Amber), Buffalo Marathon(May 25-Danny)

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