BOSTON MARATHON 2019

 

I still can’t believe I completed another Boston Marathon!  I am almost 50 years old!!!!!    I had an amazing day. I am thrilled with my performance and I am so glad that I used the Galloway E coaching program!!!  I was very pleased with the program and it was a good decision to use him as a personal E coach. This old lady is getting faster!  My time was approximately 6 hours and 43 minutes.   The warmer weather did not bother me.

Email ..Jeff Galloway

“Great job!  You were “BOSTON STRONG” to the end.  That is success!

Very few people get to run Boston–you did it!

Enjoy the recovery.

Jeff”

The best part of the day is when I took the famous right on to Hereford, and then left on Boylston to the finish line.   It is always a very emotional experience for many reasons.   Running the Boston Marathon always brings out the best personality traits in me.   I am forced to work hard, be determined, have discipline, acquire perseverance and never give up. Plus, the confidence, I gain through running………love, success, happiness, pride…  I just cannot explain.

THE BOSTON MARATHON RECAP:

MARATHON WEEKEND SATURDAY ….

To kick off the weekend I ran the B.A.A 5k.

The B.A.A 5k is one of my favorite races in Boston.  I love this race because it is the start for all the pre-marathon festivities. This race has become a big event during the Boston Marathon weekend.  It is an out and back course starting at the Boston Commons.  Towards the end of the race, runners   cross the Boston Marathon finish line and onto the finish line at the Commons.  The weather was perfect,

After the race, I went home to get my husband and then we went back into town for a delicious brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel. My parents also joined us for brunch.  As always, the food was delicious.

Then we went to the expo to pick up my number.  Walked around bit and then it was home for the rest of the day to relax.

SUNDAY ….

My husband and I attended The American Liver Foundation celebration brunch in honor of all the hard work the team accomplished this season.  We had a good time.

Then….it was freak out time for me…..less than 24 hours I will be running the Boston Marathon.    Yikes!!!!!

 

MARATHON MONDAY

Early in the morning, my spouse drove me to Copley Plaza Hotel, where I met up with the Liver Foundation team.   Our group met in the Copley Plaza conference room, where we exchanged some nervous chattered between us all, wrote our names on our singlets, used the bathrooms and then we all boarded a bus chartered by the Liver Foundation to the start.

We arrived in Hopkinton around 7:30 am. Our bus was directed by marathon security to a special parking lot, where all the charity buses stayed on site until race time. I enjoyed having the buses there, because we were able to get on and off the bus prior to the marathon.

Race Time… For most of the race, I followed my walk/run /walk race plan.  Nothing new.  I felt pretty good.  I enjoyed the atmosphere and had fun.

Then I reached the Newton hills including Heartbreak hill (Mile 18- 21). I have always struggled with hills in all my races. I walked the uphill portion and ran the downhill portion. This helped conserve my energy.  Soon I reached Boston College, located at the   crest of the hills.  On to Boston….

The last 5 miles always seem to take forever.  I am so close to the city.      Over the horizon, I see the Prudential Building, John Hancock Tower, Citgo sign, and the Green Line.  I run through Cleveland Circle, Coolidge Corner, Washington Corner, Kenmore Square, and then ……

I reached Hereford Street.  Took the right and ran down Boylston Street to the finish line.

I crossed the finish line ……. Collected my medal …and went home for a long shower and then I went to bed.

 

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