Tuesday, April 19, 2011

There's something about Boston

Woo-hoo! Boston Marathon fever -- did you catch it?!?!

I was trapped in cubicle-land in NYC, but thanks to the magic of Twitter I felt like I was right there on Boylston Street in the middle of the action. And what a race it was! The men crushed previous records -- Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever (with a pack of competitors at his heels). And a nail biter in the women's race! Desiree Davilla kept things really interesting by leading the pack in the final miles, ultimately crossing the finish line just two seconds behind the winner.
And then of course are all of the amazing stories of the rest-of-the-pack runners. To anyone who qualified and ran the heck out of that crazy Boston course, CONGRATULATIONS! Today, you are my hero.

It dawned on me that it is a bit strange that today I finally woke up to the magic and raw energy of the Boston Marathon, considering I lived in Boston for three years. The marathon passed very near to my apartment, but I hardly noticed. It is either a testament to my commitment to my graduate studies or sad sign of how insular my world was, but I never paid much attention to marathon activities. Actually, if I'm being honest I think that I might have been annoyed one marathon Monday that I couldn't get to the library. Lame!

Hello, My Name Is: Nerd
A race of any kind is still out of my reach right now, but I do feel incredibly inspired to shoot for the stars and really push myself. I want a real challenge, and running a full marathon is definitely on my wish list. And who knows, maybe I will find some small amount of talent for such a distance and I'll actually qualify for the big one: Boston. Better late than never...

I'm really looking forward to reading the race recaps from all of today's amazing runners -- I am sure the stories will not disappoint. In the meantime, I wanted to share an amazing article about race director Dave McGillivray. Did you know that he runs the course himself every year, long after the race is over? Absolutely incredible. This brought such happy tears to my eyes (yes, sitting in my cubicle -- I don't care), I hope you enjoy it too!

Who wants to join me in forming a Dave McGillivray cheering squad for next year's race??

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