No. I didn’t run Boston. Not this year anyway. I guess you could say that this is officially DAY 3 of training for Boston 2016! I am SO excited to race next year! It was with much anticipation that I watched and re-watched the race this year. I tuned in live and ran on the treadmill for 10 miles while watching some of the race. I was a total geek, and started with the wheelchair division and I was able to “keep up” with the women’s race, until they passed me as if I were standing somewhere in mile 6! Actually, I wasn’t racing, I was doing a very comfortable 9:15 pace. But, come on, you have to admit, we all do it. If I were running with them, I could keep up for like, I don’t know 100m…Oh well. Pipe dreams…
I watched the second time in the evening with my kids. Yes, I am raising running geeks too! It was fun. I learned a lot from just watching Boston.
Lessons learned from watching the Boston Marathon 2015
- The race is 26.2 miles for everyone, regardless of division or start-time. The courage and perseverance of all of the athletes made me tear up many times. From the first athlete to the last, my hat is off to you all! I wish I could have heard all of the 30-thousand marathon stories!
- Headwinds, cold weather…it matters, paces change, strategies change, and yes, goals change due to weather. The times were slower, for some it worked in their favor, but for all it was the same challenging race. It is important to remember that although the conditions of the race may throw a wrench in a PR, the conditions are the same for everyone in the race. I LOVED Desi’s comment, “I knew we were going to be in pain during the race, so we might as well go fast.”
- Run your own race! I couldn’t get enough of all the strategies. Racing is so complex. It was interesting how each runner had a plan built on her strengths…I could go on and on…
- Meb had a quote that race day is 90% mental. So truly evidenced by the athletes in all the groups. Desi, and Ritz from the US were both dropped by the lead pack a couple of times, yet they worked their way back into the group. You can’t work your way back in the race if you allow panic to overwhelm you!
- Sportsmanship matters. Yes, I already knew this one, but it is something that I try and teach the kids on my team on a daily basis…Thanks, Meb!
- Run with your heart. Two words. Shalane Flanagan.
- Even the elites are learning from each race they run…It was talked about again and again about the lead packs…they are learning how many marathons they can race a year, how to train for certain races, etc. OK so they have things WAY more figured out than I do, but it is still comforting to know that they don’t have it all figured out.
- Even the elites battle stomach issues: Meb couldn’t keep down the water the last 4 miles…It happens to all of us, at some time or another.
- ALL of the athletes are working hard for the race. Just because they are elite, it doesn’t mean it is “easy” for them. I do believe that for some it takes even greater courage, mental strength and fortitude…There are NO WORDS…
I look forward to my training for Boston 2016. I look forward to all the lessons I will learn while journeying to Boston, both practical and those more ideological. I am thankful for the dramatic and inspiring athletes who participated in Boston 2015. You were just incredible!