There is not much more that I can say, in regards to the Boston Marathon yesterday, that I’m sure hasn’t already been said. In a word, unbelievable! What an amazing day to be an American and what an awesome way to celebrate our strength, tenacity, and bond formed by this crazy love of running.
I was glued to my television all morning and moved to near tears on several occasions watching the coverage. Especially watching Shalane. Her deep determination was evident by her stride. Every step full of purpose. She wanted to win and she wanted it bad. I was heartbroken for her when she lost her lead and I was pissed at the commentators remarks about her devastating “bonk”. You don’t bonk and then set the fastest female course record for an American! She may not have crossed the finish line first but she won the race in our hearts without a doubt. Her accomplishment yesterday was truly amazing and such a joy to watch!
Then there is Meb. Wowza! I don’t think I’ve ever been on the edge of my seat more than watching those last few miles of his race yesterday. A well-earned victory for Meb, for Boston, for the victims of the bombings last year, and for the running community. He shined out there!
I saw quote from Meb on Facebook earlier, posted by my friend at Running with Music:
“But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.”
~ Meb Keflezighi
Every account of the day… the race… the experiences of those running it…. the Boston Marathon yesterday was everything it should be and should have been last year. While I have yet to run Boston, it meant so much more to me this year. Knowing that I’ve earned a spot among some of the most gifted and passionate people to ever run… well I get goosebumps! I cannot wait to join the ranks as a Boston marathoner!