Life's little adventures, accompanied by a running watch

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thanks for asking!

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!



9 comments:

  1. You make a really good point! I'm glad they ask, too! Thanks for the reminder to bring salt tabs on my blog. I'm off to bag some up now.

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    1. Glad I could help! Sending good vibes your way :)

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  2. Thanks for answering this year's question. Ha ha… When is your next race, dahling?

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    1. Hee :)

      Next stop: Maine Coast Challenge (39.3 = 1/2 mar on Sat/full mar on Sunday). WOOP!

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    2. What a challenge! The Maine coast is beautiful. I hope you get many chances to take in the views.

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  3. Maybe they are thinking that you are running another ultra:)
    It does make me laugh when people ask how far a certain marathon is - I guess they think marathon just means race!

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    1. You've got a point; anyone who knows of my ultra distance rolls their eyes (in an endearing way, I'm sure) if I say I've run "long".

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  4. Ooooh, I get that question all the time- "How long is THAT marathon?" LOL. Well, at least you get to see the look on their faces when you tell them you run 26 miles! I don't think I knew you ran Boston so many times. How cool!

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