April 18, 2011 was absolutely beautiful. Dubbed “once in a lifetime” conditions, there was a steady tailwind, overcast skies and cool temperatures. I sat with college friends in Athletes' Village nervously waiting and people watching before finding my dad at the start. We ran all 26.2 miles together, a truly special father-daughter experience. We gave little kids high-fives, enjoyed the bands, laughed at the signs, kept tabs on the Sox game (thanks to those people who held up signs with real-time scores- only in Boston!). My brother secretly came from college to cheer us on, and I only found out by seeing him on the side of the road at Newton-Wellesley!
|Here I am running with my dad when I saw my brother on
the sidelines- |
I had no idea he was coming from college so it was a total shock and surprise!
|With my father Andrew Ellis right after we posted a pair of 4:29:31's...|
I wasn’t sure I’d ever run Boston again - I need to drop a solid hour off of my marathon time to qualify, and I didn’t see any reason to run again anyway, given that nothing could top 2011 in my mind. But after the events of last year, after seeing Boston grieve, I’ve signed up to run with the Boston College team again. While we won’t have bibs and could potentially get kicked off the course, I’m still training because I want nothing more than to be there on that day, running Boston Strong. It will be emotional for entirely different reasons this time around, and I can’t wait for what is sure to be yet another “once in a lifetime” experience on those 26.2 miles of Boston roads.
New York, New York
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