Monday, April 15, 2013

Viewing Party Of 1

Its Marathon Monday. Patriot's Day in the Northeast, and the running of the 117th Boston Marathon. And I'm sitting in my office having my own personal viewing party watching the live stream on the official BAA Website (please don't tell IT about the bandwidth I'm using).

This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting Boston Marathons that I can remember. Not because of how close it is amongst the competitors, but because of the complete opposite. The wheelchair divisions are complete at this point, with both the men and women’s' sides finishing with complete blowouts. The women’s' footrace is shaping up to have a blowout as well. The unbelievable athleticism across all divisions is awe inspiring, and its causing me to be completely worthless on this workday.

As a two time Boston finisher, I know how difficult the course is and what it's like to run the Newton Hills. The rush that you feel as you pass the CITGO sign and Fenway Park. And the outpouring of emotion as you turn on to Boylston to cross the finish.

Congrats to the 27,000 runners who started the race this morning, especially those who I personally know that blew out PR's to BQ and punch their ticket to participate in this race. One day I hope to be back in that number.

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