Luckily common sense stopped me from any pre-race, epitaph-worthy indulgences. That and deep-rooted personal preference, of course…we always start with the runner’s high if the opportunity presents itself. ALWAYS. EVERY DAY. Am I right?!? Today also happens to be Boston Marathon day, so a runner's high is basically guaranteed. Exercise addiction is so much more fun! (ha, ha)
|(Here we go!)|
|(Keeping the extra clothes until the last minute)|
I exchanged pleasantries and good lucks to the runners around me, as we cheered on the Elite Men taking the start. The elites were definitely dressed to go fast, adding little more than gloves and hats to their singlets and shorts. Meb Keflebsghi had returned to defend his outstanding win last year, but would have to beat the best in the world to repeat, including Lesisa Desisa (winner, 2013), Dathan Ritzenheim, Wesley Korir (winner, 2012), Bernard Kipyego (third, 2012), and many more. It was also awesome to see trail runners Alex Varner (wha? didn't he just WIN the Lake Sonoma 50m last weekend?), Mike Wardian, and Sage Canaday in the pack. The elite Women were already en route to Boston, with Buzenesh Deba (2nd, 2014 with a 2:19), Mare Dibaba (another sub-2:20 runner), and American Desiree Linden setting the pace early. The wheelchair racers were going so fast ahead of them, they would finish before Wave 3 of the marathon even began. The best of the best, the fastest of the fast, and we are lined up behind them! Such a cool feeling.
|(Here we go! Photo courtesy of CBC)|
|(The rain made for challenging photos)|
|(Fun accidental photo from a rain drop!)|
The fans were amazing through the hills, and the decibel of their excitement was exhilarating. Heartbreak Hill (mile 21) handed us a headwind on the way out, but the downhill was more than enough to hold the pace into the final flats. I glanced down at my watch and, despite working well together with my fellow fast finishers, we had slowed to a 6:35 min/mile pace. Curse you, headwind! With some quick math, I guessed I was still 30 seconds under a sub-2:50, so a little more work to do.
|(Santa was there once again!)|
|(Get wrapped fast!)|
|(Lelisa Desisa, 2015 Boston Marathon champion)|
I hit the Beantown Pub for beers and stories of the day, then grabbed my PAX and settled into Carrie Nation’s for some cocktails, billiards, and quiet speakeasy celebration. The self-medication has begun! Or did it begin this morning at 10am? Vices do enjoy the company of other vices, after all.
|(If Don Draper were alive today, this is how he'd roll)|