Perspectives from the 120th Boston Marathon

Patriots BAA

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”

~Bethany Hamilton

Happy Patriots’ Day! Happy Boston Marathon Day!!

Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and Wisconsin and Patriot’s Day in Maine is an official state holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Massachusetts and Maine have observed this civic holiday on the third Monday in April. While these three states seriously observe Patriots’ Day, Florida law simply encourages people to celebrate it, but it is not treated as a public holiday.

Well… this year I made my own observance of Patriots’ Day by taking a vacation day! Also, there was no way I would miss watching the live coverage of the 120th Boston Marathon. It would be extremely nice to run it instead of watching on TV, but I know that one day my time to line-up in Hopkinton will come. For now, I enjoyed every minute of the live coverage with tons of appreciation for what these elite runners and all other runners deserving of running the most prestigious marathon race there is: The One and Only One – The Boston Marathon!

Watching

#BostonStrong Go Runners!

Running a marathon is a life transformation. I thank my husband for awakening the runner inside of me when he first registered both of us to run the 2010 Disney Marathon. Even with all the pain and poor training preparation, I never thought it would be my last. The running flames inside of me rekindled back in August 2014, and I have never stopped since then. The 2016 Tomoka marathon, my second, is serving as a guide of how much more training and preparation I must follow.

You are never the same after you have run a marathon. There’s a sense and inspiration that anything is possible. For me it feels like a bridge connecting visualization and reality where the Universe conspires to help you if you know what you want and do accept its help. Watching the perseverance of dedicated human beings whether running on their own feet or on a wheelchair, handcycles; or being visually or mobility impaired (as listed by B.A.A. website), is beyond amazing. If they can find ways to prevail whatever challenges life throws at them, then be my guess – where there’s a will there’s a way! No excuse. Data below provided by B.A.A.

Wheelchairs
(M) 1 Marcel Hug 1:24:06
(F) Tatyana McFadden 1:42:16
Handcyles
(M) Freddie DeloSantos 1:15:10
(F) no data available
Women
Atsede Baysa 2:29:19
Men
Lemi Berhanu Hayle 2:12:45

It’s always fun watching a marathon race, but this time watching the Boston Marathon was super exciting because there were three people (one not associate with the group) I know who were running the race and some other runners that I’m yet to meet that are part of the Track Shack MarathonFest group. It’s nice to know and to be part of a running community that produces BQs – show up and put the work in and some more. One of the runners is Rose, who I had the privilege of running with in one of my long training run as she was training for Boston and I was training for Tomoka. Also a member of MarathonFest and now my running coach, Kristen, ran her first Boston Marathon and finished at an amazing time of 3:28. Following her track on the B.A.A. website was so inspiring and I’m fired up that she is my coach and I’ll be learning from a BQ on how to get there.

A runner doesn’t only get a runner’s high from running and finishing a race. A runner at heart gets his/her dose of runner’s high by also being a spectator and supporter. A runner respects another runner’s pain and appreciates their happiness – and that is so inspirational. Thanks for reading this post, awesome people 🙂 and stay tuned because in June I’ll be going on a vacation to Boston and I’ll be running all over the place XD

nature visualization

One of many early mornings of running. I felt an unique sense of gratitude on this day. It’s one of my favorite pictures. ❤

“Success will be within your reach only when you start reaching out for it.”

 ~Stephen Richards

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