After that first half marathon, I began to sign up for race after race including 5k’s, 10k’s, 15k’s and halves. I never really considered 26.2 as a runner, although I had covered that distance twice as a race walker. In 2007 another group of friends formed a training group called the Northshore Running Club, and invited my husband and me to join the insanity of training for our first marathon. We accepted yet another running challenge and ran our first marathon in October 2007: the Marine Corps Marathon. My primary goal was to finish, and my secondary goal was to break four hours. The months of training paid off and I successfully met both of my goals! I ran my first marathon in 3:55:32 and finally became a marathon runner!
In 2008, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston for a continuing education course on running. The course was sponsored by the American Medical Athletic Association and the organization gave their members a fund raising opportunity to run Boston in conjunction with attending the course. I was so excited to have this chance, because I never thought I would be fast enough to qualify for Boston!
In 2008, the women’s marathon Olympic trial was also being held in Boston. The Sunday before Marathon Monday, I got the chance to see some of the fastest women in the U.S. fight to earn a spot on the Olympic team. All I can say is “Wow”! I did get a little ego boost that trip when someone asked me if I was there to run in the trials (at least I “looked” fast). My first Boston experience was amazing! Because I was running as a fund raiser, I started at the back of the pack. I enjoyed every mile and set a goal to return as a qualified runner!
|With my Biggest Fan|
Marathon Monday arrived and Paul convinced me I was capable of running a 3:30 marathon (although my goal was 3:35). I hopped on the school bus to Hopkinton that morning with visions of a PR in my head. When the time came to start, I confidently went out at a 3:30 pace. The towns clicked by: Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley. The scream tunnel at Wellesley is a noise you can hear from what seems a mile away! What an awesome part of the Boston experience and a great display of fan support!
The closer I got to the finish, the larger and louder the crowd grew. That crowd support was the surge I needed to push on to the end. Those final steps down Boylston Street were amazing! You can definitely feel the love and support of the city when you approach the finish line! I crossed the finish line in 3:40:41 that day. Even though I didn’t PR or reach my goal, I was very proud of the effort I put forth. I was even happier when I got to see my running buddy, and especially my mom’s face after the race! Smiles all around!
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