“The marathon can humble you.” – Bill Rodgers
I don’t know if this quote holds more true to anyone than me. I started running about 7 years ago, and ran my first marathon a year later. I use the term ran loosely in this case. I jogged about a dozen miles, then struggled and crawled about 14 more to the finish line. This situation would repeat itself a few more times over the next couple years. I’d train and run and get myself confident that I was ready, only to come up hobbling at mile 17-21 or so.
What was hard to explain at the time was why would I ever want to subject myself to the pain and downright frustration of this.. You’d think after pulling up with leg cramps, heat exhaustion or just from being too tired to care – time and time again, I’d say to heck with it.
I almost did.. Why didn’t i? Boston.. The Boston Marathon. Almost all marathoners strive to get their coveted BQ time and a chance to line up in Hopkinton for the fabled race. I’d seen my brother and my best friend both qualify and run Boston. I’d heard stories from teammates and other runners about their experiences on this hallowed course.
I finally, after 14 tries, got thru to a BQ.. a disciplined race approach, a strong buildup and the company of my best friend during the race got me a 3:06 and a chance to run in 2015.
So, why is this a big deal? I didn’t give up.. I tried and tried- persevered and overcame a lot of struggles (mental and physical) to prove to myself that I had this in me. I’m starting a new chapter in my life as a runner.. And I couldn’t be more excited.
as far as I’m concerned, Boston 2015 – the countdown is on!