April 19, 2011

And Done

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A sea of mylar blankets covers Boylston Street at the finish of the 2009 Boston Marathon.

The Boston Marathon is the Grandaddy of Marathons. It is a special race. The energy level among the runners is higher than that at any other race I’ve run. The start to finish crowd support helps keep the adrenaline high and the legs moving. For most runners, its a once-in-a-lifetime deal.

Whether its your first and only Boston, or your 35th consecutive (yeah … for a friend of mine, it was), Each is memorable.

Quad tendonitis in my knee had prevented me from doing any speed training this winter as I tried to prepare for yesterday’s Boston Marathon. I have been in PT for the past 6 weeks trying to resolve it. The good news is, I finished the race and met every goal.

I ran comfortably, and the knee was not an issue. I ran a steady race with a good friend and frequent training partner. Most of all, I had fun doing it. The bad news is, I failed to meet the qualifying standard for next year’s race. But that’s OK. I didn’t expect to. I did what I set out to do.

Up next for me, Marine Corps Marathon, October 30, 2011.

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  1. You’re a big inspiration, Bob, both photographically and as a person! What a great post today, and big congratulations on finishing a very tough endeavor. I tip my hat to you, good sir.