But in 2009 I had a chance at a club number for Boston and took it ... and it was a blast. The weather was cool and dry, and I managed to get through the Newton hills with a little still left in the tank. I finished Boston in under four hours for the first time and felt pretty good about things.
Now, four years later, I’ve got a whole different take on Boston.
I’ve pretty much sworn off running marathons thanks to injuries, but I’ll be at the marathon on Monday, volunteering at the mile 12 water stop. It’ll definitely be a different vantage point as I help hand out water and Gatorade to the 27,000 runners. I’ve worked smaller, local races before, but never one on this grand a scale.
Even in years when I haven’t been training for Boston, there’s always a palpable excitement around the race for a variety of reasons. Each year, I’m rooting for friends who are running, but it’s also fun to watch the elite male and female runners, and to see if an American runner can win the marathon for the first time in a long time. Not to mention the question of what kind of weather will greet the runners Monday morning.
The storylines change each year, but what remains the same is the sense of wonder that surrounds Marathon Monday.
Starts and stops
The YMCA of the North Shore kicks off its 2013 road race series tomorrow with the Chase the Gorilla Down Argilla 5K in Ipswich, starting at the Ipswich Family YMCA at 9 a.m. The second race in the series takes place on Sunday, April 21 with the Ring Around the Neck 5-mile road race in Marblehead. The race begins at 2 p.m. at Five Corners in downtown Marblehead. Both events also feature children’s fun runs. Visit www.northshoreymca.org/programs/healthy-living/road-races/ for more information.