I started out watching the race with a lot of jumping around, clapping and yelling
Everything was going great & *perfect* until they were having technically difficulty and when they came back & Shalane was no where to be found. And all they seemed to say was "What happened to Shalane...." At first I thought....good one, she's surged ahead of the pack. After a bunch more "technical difficulties" the finally reported that she had dropped back. Siiiigh. On the guys side of the race, the Americans took the front from the get go, but soon my precious Ryan was nowhere to be seen. Siiiiiiiigh. Long story short (if you don't already know) despite setting an American record Shalane did not win. Meb did win, the first American in 30 some years. No matter how you look at it it was a great day in Boston marathon history!
All of this excitement has made me start declaring that I WILL RUN BOSTON next year. I'm already qualified, but this year didn't seem to be a good year to do it. Perhaps I'll requalify and could go at other years in the future, but there is no guarantee. So I'm just getting in the mindset that I'll be there! Gaaaaah! In the meantime it made me nervous, anxious in a good way to go bursting out the door and run a marathon right then and there. In fact, it's been building in me all week. Normally being in taper mode leaves people like this:
But I've been like this:
It's taken a lot of restraint to not just go out and tear up the road on a good long run. Hopefully so much contained energy will be very beneficial for Friday & Saturday's run.
Tomorrow I leave town for my marathon weekend. I'm nervous, excited, anxious and so much more. Not only am I ready to just get it over with, but with all the excitement and inspiration behind Boston, I'm ready to take it on!
Did you watch the Boston Marathon this year?