As we wind down another week in the Lounge, it wouldn't be complete without a shout out to our Boston Marathon finishers to round the salute in the early part of the week! Qualifying for Boston is an accomplishment and finishing Boston is a dream for so many runners. Lucky for us, our Lounger friends have taken time to share their story and recap the race. I feel like I ran the race even though I wasn't there!
To be fair, I should warn you that these race reports are downright inspiring. Even a pokey runner like me had the visions of Boston in her eyes after gorging myself on these race reports. It made my afternoon run one of my fastest on record this year.
Here are a few:
Bill - A fantastic story of the Boston Marathon in two parts ( Part I, Part 2 ). The title, "The Privilege of Being a Runner" gives you a sense of the joy he is feeling
Nitmos - Warm up with his tales of a taco gone bad on his trip to Boston and then run along with him through a good first half and those dreaded cramps on the second
Reid - Titled, " I get my courage from the crowds" he shares his trip into Boston and how the crowd helped keep him going. I know it is a little late, but, for what it is worth, I was yelling "Go Ax!" as I read the post. And love the pictures! (And the pic of the medal - right).
Heather - One of the most moving race reports I have read. I don't know if it was the story, her writing or the fact that I felt like I was right there at mile 24 when she writes, "I hate everything. I hate life. And I hate running most of all." It's good to know it isn't just me that has those moments - even great runners have that fleeting thought. But don't take that quote to mean Heather quit or didn't do a great job - she ran a wonderful race!
Dave Fleet - Watch his race report in his video version of his post. My favorite part - outside of the race details - is how he explains that he wrote his name in marker on his arms and now he has an extra sun suvenior from the race.
And if you are still in need of inspiration, or the little nudge to remind you that your weekend run isn't that far, check out SLB's race report of the Leona 50 miler. It's hard to wrap my head around running for more than 11 hours, on purpose. :}
No wait...maybe 11 hours could be doable....I was just reminded that Paul Staso is taking off in a few days for his 620 mile run across Montana. No biggee for him...he ran across the US with just a jogging stroller.