Boston is but a couple of days away! I want to wish all those who are doing it the very best. Meg, Jill, Ana Maria, Lindsay, Ginny and Teamarcia in particular. I know I am overlooking others and I apologize. I will be thinking of you all on Monday and I hope to catch a few minutes of the elites on TV.
Monday will of course bring back my own Boston experience from 2007. I’ve qualified for Boston several times but have only done it that once, for a variety of reasons. My experience was definitely bittersweet.
- I was still deep in the grip of my GI issues at this point. I had a really awful, horrible race. By 8 I knew I was in trouble. By 15 I was walking off and on. It was an ugly shuffle to the finish, which was a 3:56–way off of where I should have been.
- I finished out in the med tent because my body had managed to dehydrate.
- This was the year of the nor’easter and we all had to worry about how that would affect the day. In the end, the conditions really weren’t so bad–we got lucky.
- All of my friends PRd that day but me. I was happy for them, but man, that made me feel all the worse for how badly I had performed.
- Wellesley College–No matter how bad I felt, there’s nothing like hearing that wall of noise!
- Heartbreak Hill wasn’t so heartbreaking; all of our hill training had prepared us well.
- It was a really fun trip with my running partners, no matter what.
- All my friends PRd–how cool.
- It was Boston, for crying out loud!
I have such mixed emotions when I look back on that day. I definitely proved to myself that I can dig deep and see something to the end, no matter how much it hurts. However, it’s not the same as struggling hard to maintain a good pace–it was simply a struggle to finish. I always joke that it was the fact that I had already bought the stupid jacket that got me through it. I know it was something more, but I also know it’s something I don’t want to repeat.
I have yet to make up my mind as to whether or not I’ll ever return to Boston. One part of me really wants to go and have a great race, truly enjoying the experience. The other part of me worries about that 10 a.m. start–still not confident that my new approach to race-day nutrition, coupled with the peppermint oil tablets, would be ok with such a late start. The same fear keeps me out of New York right now.
Regardless, a part of me will be out there on the course on Monday and I wish all the best to everyone racing the 2010 edition. Tear it up!