From an article on the marathonYes, you read that right: the world’s fastest time is an average 4:41 mile pace over 26.2 miles.
Showcasing the extreme competitiveness of Boston, in 2011 Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai overtook early leader Ryan Hall and crushed the last 10k to finish in a mind-blowingly fast time of 2:03:02.
In addition to getting into Boston by qualifying, it is also possible to get a bib number if you run for a charity, but I have always chosen to run less challenging marathons, even when running for charity! I have always joked about being the last runner to cross the finish line of a marathon, but I think that in Boston.....that could be a REAL possibility for me!
So WHY would I want to run a marathon that is difficult (heartbreak hill), for even those skinny, fit, fast runners that you see in Runners World magazine who look like they haven't had a good meal in years? WHAT was I thinking? This idea obviously did not come from a lot of intelligent conversation going on in my head.....so, where DID it come from? I'm sure the decision to run Boston comes from a lot of different places for each participant, but for me.....the decision came from my heart.
So, the "starting line" on Marathon Monday will be at Hopkinton, MA.....but for me, the "start" is here at a very magical place.........in Ashford, CT!
Why run Boston? I am running Boston as a way to raise AWARENESS of, and funds for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Yes, I KNOW that there are easier marathons, and even half marathons that I could run with THITW and raise funds for the kids. I just happen to think that in order to put myself out there and ask people to donate their money, and their time (Sundance Kidz).....I need to step outside of my comfort zone on this one! I
So....I will work my butt off in the coming few months.....both in my training for the 26.2 miles, and in the fundraising for these deserving kids! Even if I train religiously and vigorously....I will STILL be slow....but I will STILL be proud to be running this marathon! Call me crazy.....it won't be the first time I've been called that.....but PLEASE support me in my craziness....because the craziness comes STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!