Ooohhh, Say Can You See, By the Dawn’s Early Light
Yaaaaa, that’s right…. The Star Spangled Banner is the anthem we were listening to at this years Boston Marathon! Meb Keflezighi finally broke the 31 year drought of American winners at Boston and I don’t think people could have been more excited! If you missed the race, the ending was a nail bitter and I was sitting on the edge of the couch watching Meb crank out the miles.
Yes. Yes. And Yes. What a great moment. If only Shalane could have pulled out a win, too. Poor girl. Lead the race the almost the entire time and then just faded. I was watching her rock the race then all of a sudden they cut to the men’s race and by the time they cut back, she was gone 🙁 I watched an interview with her after the race saying she left it all on the course but was still upset she couldn’t pull out a win. I can’t imagine the heartbreak she must have felt, even though she did PR (2:22:02)! She’s still a baller in my book!!!
The female winner for the second year in a row, Rita Jeptoo set a new course record of 2:18:57. Dang. She’s a beast! If you’re wondering about Ryan Hall and Desiree (Davila) Linden… so am I. Ryan was in the lead pack for a while and dropped back- not surprisingly to me. Desi, well, I honestly have no clue! She seemed to be so prepared and ready to fight for a win just as much a Shalane, but wasn’t in the lead pack, ever. I was really sad she didn’t get any screen time and wasn’t able to hold on from the get go. I can’t wait to read/watch the interviews of everyone over the next few days and read/see what happened and how people felt.
[Edited to add] In the midst of all the excitement and late night typing, I forgot to talk about the wheelchair division! The male winner, Ernst Van Dyk from South Africa, won for his 10th time! He’s the winningest competitor in the history of the Boston Marathon… and he’s 41. Awesome. And the female winner, Tatyana McFadden not only turned 25 on race day, but won for the second time, defending her win last year. Two amazing people doing big things!
I must say, on a personal note, I loved being able to watch the race and experience nostalgia from running it last year. I even pointed out the place Todd saw me and took my picture. The only bad thing was that it REALLY made me want to run. Even more than I already did, haha. I have to apologize for the lack of posting this past week. The weight gain is affecting me more than I thought it would and since my stress relief of running is not allowed, I’ve been uber emotional. It’s mostly at night when there’s a lot of down time. I have to thank my friends and family, especially Todd and Kristin, for listening to me b**** and complain. So- THANK YOU.
On a happier note, check out the Boss in this pic…