Over the past two years I have profiled 20-30 people that are running the Boston Marathon, without mentioning myself. I was not planning on writing my own profile, but based on the circumstances I’m currently going through, I thought that it was appropriate to share my story. So lets start at the beginning…
This will be the third time I’ve run the Boston Marathon. I first ran in 2008, which is the year I passed out from dehydration at mile 24, and found myself in the emergency room. In 2009 I had to defer due to an injury, and last year I finally crossed the finish line, completing the marathon in 3 hours and 2 minutes.
The first time I qualified for Boston was through the 2007 Philadelphia Marathon, which I ran in 2 hours and 59 minutes. I qualified for the 2011 Marathon through my 2010 Boston time, and I’ve also qualified for the 2012 Marathon with a 2010 NYC Marathon time of 2 hours and 59 minutes.
As a runner in high school and college, I always had my sights set on the Boston Marathon. It was my home course, and the most famous marathon in the world – what’s not to love about it? I’ve been lucky enough to train on the course a lot, especially the stretch on heartbreak hill. The Boston Marathon has an aura to it that separates it from the rest, and is the ultimate achievement in the running community. I love that it’s on Patriots Day, I love that there are so many fans, and I love that it’s a major event for Boston, not road closures that residents are forced to work around one morning.
All winter I’ve been running outside in the snow and ice. I do loops around my neighborhood if that’s all the weather permits, and I’ve anxiously awaited spring. During the week I tend to keep my distance lower, running 5-8 miles with some hill workouts mixed in. I also do long runs every Sunday with a friend that’s also running Boston, and recently have been doing 18-20 miles each long run. However, last weekend I began to feel knee pain, and by yesterday, I’ve officially called it an injury. Since college I’ve had a re-occuring knee injury (runner’s knee) which is what kept me sidelined from the 2009 Boston Marathon and made me miss almost and entire cross-country season in college. With less then 4 weeks until Boston, I’ve put in 90 percent of my training and I’m not ready to watch the marathon from the side of the road. Over the next month I’ll be biking and doing as many exercises as I can, while letting my knee heal. On April 18 I’ll be at the starting line, ready to give it my all and enjoy everything I love about the Boston Marathon. I may no longer be able to meet my goal (sub 3 hours), but my new goal is to be healthy enough to run.