On April 18th I ran the 115th Boston Marathon. I achieved my really big goal. However, it didn’t turn out exactly as I anticipated. My finishing time was 4 hours 27 minutes – a full 30 minutes slower than my qualifying time!! And the weather conditions were perfect – 55 degrees and a strong tailwind. In fact, the men’s winner finished the race in 2 hours and 3 minutes!! The fastest time ever for a marathon. So while I achieved my really big goal, I have to admit that initially, I was disappointed in my result. What happened?? I asked myself this question repeatedly for the rest of that day and much of the next.
And then I watched the video clip I took of finishing the marathon. Hearing the crowds again and seeing the finish line ahead as I ran down Boylston Street brought a rush of emotion. What a spectacular event! And I got to experience it. I ran the Boston Marathon.
My time was slow and I didn’t re-qualify (yes, I did wonder that at the start line … I couldn’t help it…) and I am now content with my result. Figuring out what happened that caused me to run out of energy halfway through doesn’t matter anymore.
I’m so glad I took my little video camera with me because I will be able to always remember what it was like to run the Boston Marathon – the first time!