The Boston Marathon is always a special race, but this year was definitely more special than others. There was so much spirit, resilience, and patriotism. It made me feel proud to be an American. Plus, it got me all pumped up for my first marathon!
We watched the first 45 minutes or so on the television at home and then scooted over to mile 25 to claim some good spectator spots. I was following live tweets on my phone about the race the whole time and was freaking out. Here are a few of the photos I got today. I felt like I could just reach out and touch the runners. It was pretty amazing!
The race was so incredible to watch. To have Meb Keflezighi win the men’s race was just incredible. When he ran by us at mile 25 he looked strong, but so did Wilson. I was worried he was going to get chased down, but was so elated to find out that he finished the race out strong. To have an American win the race after what happened last year was amazing.
Shalane Flanagan also ran a great race. Even though she didn’t win, she made us all proud. She ran a gutsy race and kept the pace “honest.” Oftentimes Boston ends up being a kicker’s race (slow at first with a blistering finish), but she made sure that didn’t happen. She ran 2:22:02, which is a personal best for her and is also the fastest marathon ever run by an American woman at Boston. She has to be proud of that!
Today was incredible and I’m looking forward to my marathon now more than ever! It’s been hard to picture myself actually running the 26.2, but after today it seems more real.
How was your marathon Monday? Did you run in Boston? Did you watch the race?