Memories and Goals to DO IT AGAIN
It’s Monday, it’s the 3rd Monday in April, which means it’s Boston Monday. One year ago, at this very moment, I was on my way from Hopkinton, Mass. to Boston, on foot. One year ago, I was shocked by what was called the early “downhill miles” had, what I call, uphills (WHAT?). One year ago, yes, I made it! I made it to Wellesley, and the Wellesley ladies did not disappoint. In my opinion, the Wellesley area is also the prettiest part of the Boston course. I even made it to Heartbreak hill, and I conquered it. As I made it to the top, I was surprised and greeted by my hubby who was snapping photos. This gave me just the boost I needed. Yes, the boost faded too, but I ran, and I ran, and I completed the 2010 Boston marathon – time – 4:08.
Upon early reflection of Boston, I was totally satisfied. I was content. I had completed a HUGE goal in my boring life. A goal that I worked ever so diligently toward, for 4 years, was now complete. I was so content that I chose not to return in 2011, even though I could have registered again.
Sometime in the fall/winter of 2010, just a few months after my debut at the 2010 Boston Marathon, a new Boston goal was born. No, I did not want to return to Boston in 2011. I had NO desire to go again without a new qualifying run. The new goal is to BQ on a flat or rolling hills course. My first attempt was at the Snickers 2011 – I did NOT succeed – Boston does not come easy for me my friends.(missed by 1 min) This is a goal that I would like to achieve, but I am HAPPY if I have one, and only one, Boston 26.2. However, on Sunday, as I was reading and thinking about Boston, suddenly, out of the blue, a burning desire to run Boston ONE MORE TIME came over me. The burn is not as intense as the first time around, but the heat is on. The allure of Boston is unique. IMO - it's not about a beautiful or even a pretty course, it's not about a fast course, it's not about a flat course for sure, it's not about a small race (which I prefer). Boston is about the drive to get there, the journey one takes to achieve the goal, and the history of the race. Will the burn to BQ be like the original desire to get to Boston? I doubt it, but it is a goal.
I now feel it is in my future to return to Boston one more time.
Will I be able to do it ???, only time will tell, but…..
I feel like I have one more BQ in me.
I need 1 more pic coming down the back side of Heartbreak Hill with a smile on my face.
and another like this
Yes, I'm still content with Boston 2010, but I like a goal ahead of me.
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