All of the photographers posted around 700 photos on FaceBook. I’m using some but I cannot possibly use even most of them. Deciding what to use for my post and what to leave behind is difficult. I know how hard this race was and everyone who ran it deserves credit.
The winners won on a challenging course. Everyone pushed through many tough miles and countless hills. There are lots of smiles in the hundreds of pictures I reviewed. The joy of running is evident.
Here is a link to the Bangor Daily New coverage of the race. Video and a professional journalist’s article. You’re going to love this. I should have my two part post ready by Monday. I only have three races and a party at my house this weekend, so no problem!
I just found out that The Boston Run To Remember Half Marathon is sold out. Their web site said that over 3,000 people had registered since Boston. Due to a potential work commitment I did not register and missed out. I know this will be a special race.
BAEvents opened registration for their Blues Run & Music Festival on April 22nd and as of April 25th it was almost 75% sold out. I am registered for this race.
The Marathon Sports Blues Run & Music Festival is race #1 in the 2013 Let’s Run, Have Some Fun & Be Fit Summer Race Series…this will be the 12th year celebrating this great iconic running series on the Charles River. Hereis the link to info on this series.
I do not know if the events in Boston are directly related to the great interest in these races or not. It may be. If that is the case, other races over the summer may also sell out quickly. If you are interested in running a particular race this summer you should keep track of the registration dates.
I think this will be a special summer for running. To me, it feels like it’s about more than just running this time.
I’ve been having conversations with some fellow bloggers from the UK over the past few days. Some are running London on April 21st and others want to run next year. Those who are running are having the same anxiety attacks as many Boston runners are having this morning.
Even the elite runners get butter flies before a race. Here is a tweet from Kara: “Kara Goucher @karagoucher10 Apr Why do I feel like a kid a few days out from Christmas? Oh that’s right, because I get to race in the BOSTON MARATHON on Monday!!!!”
run a marathon it’s in the news and the race is an event like Boston, London, Chicago or The Olympic Trials. The whole city gets pulled into the vortex and there is nothing low profile about these races for those runners.
For the rest of us, the race may be high-profile but we are not. We are part of that mass of runners who come by well after the elites pass by.
As the race distance grows, so does the gap between the elite field and the rest of us.
I don’t think any of us have a problem with that. None of us expect to keep up with Kara Goucher or Meb Keflezighi. Hell, I don’t even expect to see them let alone start with them at a race. It is an honor to run the same course on the same day as they did.
Under the same conditions we all can see how we stack up against the top athletes in the world. In what other athletic event would you be able to play on the same field as the best in the world? I could never hit like David Ortiz and would never want to stare down a 100mph fast ball like he does. I would look like a fool.
As a runner I do not feel beaten by the 20,000 who usually finish in front of me at Boston. The last time I rolled into Boston on a pair of Brooks the timing clock said 4:30. I was full of joy to have finished. I was tired, thirsty and things hurt. But I was not beaten by anyone. I was thrilled to have finished on a day in which many did not finish and many did not even start. I was thrilled to have run my own Boston PR.
I had MY goals and I achieved them. That is all I can ask for. Most of us do not have the talent or the time, or the drive for that matter, to become an elite runner. We run because we love it. We run because we are seekers; seeking to constantly improve ourselves and possibly get that next PR.
I feel great joy when I see the top runners cross the finish line and I always feel a bit of the disappointment the others feel in them selves when they do not. I am happy for their accomplishments and what they have achieved, even if it is 10th place, or a place closer to my own finish time!
Running is a beautiful thing. It changes lives. Embrace the joy of the run every time you run. Embrace your race and drink in the experience. It is a moment in time, it is a moment in your life that you want to experience fully.