123rd Boston Marathon
I wasn't very productive at work yesterday, and for good reason. My heart was in Boston. I feel like I could write all evening about what I watched livestream to my monitor at work, but even as a writer I would fail to capture what I witnessed on that small screen. I saw giant acts of humanity, of champions that set new standards for running and that will leave those times in the dust later on their journey. And I saw those pushing themselves for a personal goal, a new PR, to get to that line and run in the footsteps of greatness. All the while maybe not understanding their own humble awesomeness. But that's running, those that inspired me probably have no idea they've done so. But they have.
And they still do. My Boston still hasn't happened yet, I have not earned the privilege to line up at Hopkinton and push myself to Boylston. But mark my words, I will. A huge congrats to all of those that participated and those that volunteered and worked tirelessly to make this sacred event happen once more. Boston, I love you and you are in my future.
St. Louis Marathon
St. Louis... you were much tougher than what I suspected. So anyway, this past weekend I ran a marathon in... you guessed it, St. Louis. I was warned about the hills and thought 'Well, I've done Pittsburgh twice', but this was honestly a lot harder. I went into this one well rested and having done two great months of training, and then things went down hill, then up hill, then down hill, and so on. I did set a new half-marathon record for 2019 on this course, and at Mile 13 things fell apart.
I had some great conversations along the way and met others struggling to just survive this run, so that became my attitude at mile 18. Yes, I had very high expectations for this one, and what happened was my 2nd slowest marathon to date. What I took away from this was how to deal with obvious disappointment and staying positive. The body and mind we pushed, and in the end I was still smiling and happy to get 2019 started. Next up is Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.