yes, this is the same Boston Marathon that happened several weeks ago and i'm just now getting around to posting about it!!
i spent this time chatting with my friend Chelsea from CA, who was also running, and trying to decide what kind of race i was going to run. i knew i had missed a lot of runs and hadn't taken the training very seriously. of course kicking myself for it now!! questioning what my body could handle and how hard i should push it.
i decided i'd start out running to try to re-qualify. which would be 3:45:59/or about 8:36pace.
i was averaging 8:36pace up to mile 20. at that point i knew i was going to really have to push hard (and maybe not healthily hard) to make a 3:45. knowing that i'm already signed up for the Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon in June and the Portland Marathon in October i opted to back off and enjoy Boston. from mile 20 on- i slapped hands, looked around, smiled, walked every water station and just tried to take it all in. my finishing time was 3:52:18/8:52pace. i would have liked to have ran faster but all in all i'm excited that i got to experience the Boston Marathon. what a privilege! and a reminder that i can't "wing" a marathon!
the Boston medal is the yellow and blue one on the left. i came up with this easy DYI idea for displaying my running medals. here's one i found online. when i get bored with displaying them i plan to donate them to Medals4Mettle.