Anya and I flew in from Huntsville Saturday around noon and took an Uber straight to the hotel. After a quick check in, I put on my running shorts and we headed just a half a mile from the hotel to a Janji popup store for a meet-up with my Nuun teammates. Nuun had organized this meet-up for a quick get together and a short shakeout run. Just minutes after we all gathered, Chris McDougall walks in to the store to get ready for a book signing. He arrived early and introduced himself to the group. He was accompanied by the legendary Tarahumara runner Arnulfo, who was offering handmade huaraches for small donations to fund his running adventures here in the US. Of course, I couldn't resist to buy a pair for my wife.
|Met the legendary Arnulfo...|
|...and Chris McDougall, who wrote the best running book I've ever read|
|And this guy keeps popping up at the same events as me. First Desert RATS, then UTMB, now Boston. I think I have a stalker. JK, Sean, I'm a big fan!|
Andrew and I headed to to the shuttle buses on the other side of the Boston Commons park right around 5ish. Although we were part of the first wave, we wouldn't actually start the race until after 10AM. Basically, you take a 60 min bus ride and then wait at the athlete's village for a few hours, drinking coffee and water and eating bagels and bananas. Here, we met up with other Fleet Feet racing team members and chilled until it was time to head to the actual start line.
|This guy has run Boston 8 times already.|
The atmosphere was electric as I arrived in my assigned corral and before I knew it, I was running in the Boston Marathon. Right from the start, the streets were lined with enthusiastic spectators, cheering loudly and wildly. This would not let up for the next 26.2 miles. I have never experienced a marathon race like this, absolutely amazing.
|One Mile to go.|
|My first and hopefully not last Boston finish.|
|One happy camper, with another BQ.|