Words cannot accurately describe what happened yesterday, but I am about to try, so bear with me.
26.2 miles, 5:08:02
Pre-race (in a few words):
- Hopped on the train to the Common and then boarded a bus bound for Hopkinton. We got on the “cool” bus, as everyone started clapping and cheering as soon as a new passenger boarded.
- Had to pee a lot
- “OMG it’s warmer than I anticipated”
- “What am I about to do?”
- “I’m about to run a marathon, but first, let me take a selfie.”
- The crowds were incredible, and that doesn’t even begin to sum it up.
- Cue digestive troubles- the first half of the race did not go well for me. I was experiencing some unforeseen issues and had to take two bathroom breaks, which set me back a little bit longer than I would have liked.
- I saw my mom at mile 8. I am so glad she was there early on, because I was really in a mental rut.
- The sun was beating down on us, and I wasn’t feeling so great, and Katie saw that I was out of my element and was clearly beating myself up over it. She told me to snap out of it and keep everything in perspective. A lot of things about race day are very different than training, especially when you’re running and eating at a different time than you’re used to. I don’t know what I would have done without you, Katie, I cannot thank you enough for pushing me closer and closer to that finish line.
- Don’t get me wrong, the first half of the race was warm, but this is when the heat really started getting to me. I adjusted the pace a little, and made sure to keep up with hydration. This is where adaptability comes into play. Doing some rough subtraction every time I ran past a timer, as the clocks followed the 10:00 am start, I was pleased with where I was at.
- So. Hot. Out.
- Still feeling kind of miserable
- More of my family was standing at mile 17, and seeing them made me so happy and ready to make the turn for Heartbreak.
- KEY TURNING POINT
- The Heartbreak section of the Boston Marathon can make or break your race, and, generally speaking, it tends to break it for too many people. Not I! I trained for this. I beasted this section of the course and didn’t look back. The hills woke my legs up and the crowds were unreal. I’m pretty sure I ran Heartbreak faster than any other section of the course, high-fiving a countless amount of people and feeding off their energy.
- I saw my aunt, my cousin, and a bunch of my friends on this section of the course, and I am so happy they were there.
- Digestive troubles behind, running fast, taking in the atmosphere, running marathons can be fun!
- From here forward, the crowds were even more incredible than previously stated. I have never high fived so many people in my life.
- The only thing I can recall from this stretch is that the BC crowd was electric. Thank you all for telling me how pretty I am.
- Thought: “Woah there Chrissy, you just ran so fast, calm it down now so you can speed it up again before you see your family at mile 25. Save it.”
- *Slows down* *Can’t speed up again* *Everything hurts*
- SAIL SQUAD
- I saw my grandmother, cue the waterworks. Race day was her 90th birthday, and she celebrated in style at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.
- It wasn’t until I saw my family at this point that I realized just how excited they were. Seeing them cheer me on was so much more than I ever anticipated. The only thing I can accurately compare their excitement to is that scene in Miracle when team USA beats the Soviets and they’re celebrating on the ice. I have never heard screams so loud and so passionate.
- Not too many paces later, I saw my mom again! I am so glad she made it to two different sections of the race.
- Ugh, the overpass. So. Steep. Thoughts: “Keep moving.” Every training run ended with the overpass and it was generally miserable, same goes for race day.
- Saw my old roommate, she and I began training for 5Ks hardly a year ago. If it wasn’t for her, I’d probably still be trying to run a mile.
- Cue the coolest marathon signs ever made, props to Meg, Catherine, and Lindsey.
- After I came out of the tunnel, I was too busy interacting with the crowd that I almost forgot to turn up Hereford Street. Oops.
- Who decided they should put that hill there?
- CONSTANT SMILES
- Take it all in, Chrissy. This is the coolest thing you have ever done.
- I saw a BWH teammate as I progressed towards the finish line, and he didn’t look too well, so I cheered him on and we raced on towards the end, challenging each other.
- Picked up the pace. Always pick up the pace in the end, also, I didn’t want that guy to beat me. I wanted him to finish strong, but not beat me (I won).
The Finish Line of all Finish Lines:
- After receiving my medal, cape, food and water, I walked around for a few minutes, and then headed for the pre-determined meeting place to see my family. I wanted nothing more than to sit down, so I figured, my family would be there, I’ll just take my time and take in what I just accomplished. So I sat down. A few minutes later, I decided I should keep trudging forward in my victory cape, but there was a slight dilemma. I was stuck. I physically could not stand up, so I called my sister and said, “So here’s the deal, I sat down and I can’t get up, so you’re going to have to come to me.” Looking back, as much as I wanted to sit down, a curb probably wasn’t my greatest idea.
- With my family, I walked back to school, feeling (simply put) exhausted and incredibly proud.
- I am incredibly sore, sunburnt (didn’t anticipate that), and exhausted, but this was the most amazing thing I have ever done. Everything was worth it.
- This was my first marathon, and it definitely won’t be my last.
- Stay tuned for a special edition of “Thank You Notes”