And I've heard after running a marathon, you get it more. You know what it takes to run those 26.2 miles and the feeling when it's all over. And it was true. I got it and was very emotional the whole day.
So of course when I heard they were doing a live feed I was all in! Love watching races live! I turned it on right after Meb had won which blew me away! An American runner, whom I have always respected, won! the first American since 1983 and he also set a PR for himself! who amazing is that? Not to mention he is almost 39 years old!!! Watching him receive his trophy and wreath and hearing the national anthem reminded me so much of the Olympics (which we all know I love!) and I couldn't help it: sitting at my desk I cried. After all of the tragedy of last year, an American winning the Boston marathon is honestly epic. Seeing him cry made me cry. and hearing his amazing After race interview was just seriously the best. (I also embed it at the bottom)
and let's not forget the women! Shalene, one of the top American runners, finished in the top 10 with an American PR for the course! Also amazing! and of course Rita whom won the course for the 3rd time. Also an amazing performance.
The elite runners are just breathtaking to watch. They run so fast and make it look so effortless. It truly is a great gift to watch.
on top of that, many runners I follow in team#rundisney(not to mention our favorite, Jeff Galloway!)and also look up to are running, which to me is the ultimate thing to do. I so admire them and watching them finish and their instagrams is just the best. It's all so inspirational, I will run a strong 5k tomorrow morning :) (and I did! 33:25! Another new record!!)
After the official race program ended, I switched to the finish line video and it is just so amazing to watch. I had it on while I was doing all of my work today and it was so inspirational to see people finish (and also everyone stop their watches! hehe). I also noticed a lot of Texans running-woohoo! I love when the regular runners, like myself, start finishing around 4-5 hours. That's my zone!
I have read two amazing articles since Mebs win yesterday. One is from Run Karla Run about what we can learn from Meb's win and it is truly inspirational (going straight to the Pinterest board!!)
The second was from Time magazine and one quote stood out for me:
The message this victory sends to the bombers is not subtle: Screw you. You squandered your opportunity, your chance at the American dream — which still exists, thank you. You blew it. This could have been you.
This is what I've been feeling. These bombers were immigrants (like Meb) and could have had it all but choose to be terrorists in the country that so openly adopted them as it does so many others" .
They thought they could ruin us and ruin an institution like the Boston Marathon and you know what? THEY DIDNT WIN.
Running is more popular than ever-races sell out faster and faster. It is the fun and trendy thing to do. The Boston Marathon was the biggest it has ever been. Boston, America and the world came together and made sure #BostonStrong was a thing. And that is the real victory in all of this.
Now as I said, I would love to run the Boston marathon (even watching it seems surreal so I can only imagine what it would feel like to be there) but I know I'm not fast enough to qualify on my own! At least not yet.
What does it take to qualify?
Well at my current age, I need to run a full in less than 3:35 (which is 2 hours faster than the LA marathon for me) so the chances of that happening soon are very slim. However, I can always wait until I'm older(like in my 40s-50s) and/or do charity. I will of course not do it in the next few years but will see what happens in the future.
I even found a website with that in mind. Sign up because I've gotten good info so far! Maybe I can qualify on my own in the next 10-15 years. I mean 4 years ago I never would have dreamed of a marathon and here I am planing out many more marathons to come! It will take hard work and dedication but I think I can work on it! Especially if I find a flat and fast course. I mean half marathons used to kill my body and now I've adapted. A marathon has to get easier right?
Anyone else watch the live feed? Anyone else want to BQ soon?