Hello divas! I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. In case you missed it, yesterday was Patriot’s Day in New England (also known as Boston Marathon Monday). Being a southerner, we don’t celebrate this holiday. In fact, my family had no idea what it was until I explained it or why it was significant for runners like myself. But my husband grew up in Massachusetts and still has family both there and in New Hampshire so the bombings at last year’s marathon really hit close to home.
Even though my husband and I went to work here in Chattanooga, TN, when Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon came around we wanted to do something to show our support for the city of Boston and for the running community. So here is a recap of how I spent Boston Marathon Monday.
I started off my day sporting my Swirlgear Boston shirt and fave Newton Running shoes to work. I am blessed to work at an academic department at the local college so it wasn’t that big of a deal that I was wearing running gear to work. Once I got to work, I was able to pull up race coverage and watch it on one of my computer screens while I worked on the other screen. And I am not ashamed to say I cried when Meb crossed the finish line in first place. I was so glad I got to watch that moment live from Chattanooga, TN.
Once I arrived home and my hubby got off of work (he works from home), we headed out to do our tribute run, The We Stand With Boston Virtual 5K sponsored through willrunforbling.com. We just loved the idea of this race as the proceeds went to the One Boston Fund. And my hubby is recovering from an injury so he decided to go super slow and run the race with me and my intervals.
It wasn’t a very scenic route. We literally just ran up and down my street 3 times. I haven’t run in three weeks and I was pretty slow at that so I used this run as a way to start my training for my fall half marathons – beginning with a couple of months of conditioning and building my base fitness. The weather was gorgeous and I felt really good running. Our finishing time was 44:58 or about a 14:30/mile. Not too bad and a pretty good starting point for my future training.
When we were done we took a quick finishing photo. We will get a little bling in a couple of weeks when the medals for the race are mailed out. Be sure to stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for photos. But the medal will look like this:
It was a good day and I was so glad that I could participate in some way with honoring the victims of last year’s bombings and celebrating the American spirit and the sheer will to overcome adversity.
How did you spend Boston Marathon Monday?