I was fortunate enough to run Boston three years in a row: 2010, 2011, and the heat-fest of 2012. But I haven’t run it since then. Without fail, friends and coworkers start asking me a couple weeks before marathon day if I’m running the marathon. Since my answer of late has been, “not this year, I’m running a different marathon”, I consistently receive the next question, “Oh, how many miles is THAT one?”.
I could roll my eyes and I could act all important (don’t you know who I am?!?), but frankly, I’m just glad they ask!
I love when people ask about running. Even if running is something they’ll never contemplate, I love that they’re interested enough to ask. I remember being in such awe of runners and, as Boston Marathon time would approach each year, having such a desire to be THAT runner who could run such a phenomenal race. Decades later, I am that runner who has run Boston, many other marathons, and even ultras. Never thought that could be me. Never say never.
So as I enjoy all of the pre-Boston Marathon news coverage and let myself feed off of all the social media excitement by those running Boston this year, I’m thankful to be part of this community of runners and also thankful for the non-runners interested enough to ask about the sport we love.
Soak it all in runners…..enjoy Boston 2015!