Ready or not, here we come

We found a couple of matching envelopes in the mail yesterday…

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Two weeks from today, we will be flying to Boston with our golden tickets in hand. The next morning, we will visit the most exciting expo of our lives and pick up the much-coveted race kits and jackets (among countless other paraphernalia).

It still feels rather surreal and I have to keep reminding myself that we are going to Boston. For real. And SOON!

At the marathon clinic last night, a few people asked about tapering, and I found myself thinking: ‘Tapering from what?’ This has been such a different training cycle for me and I often find myself discrediting the work I have done – mileage has been much lower, quality work has been non-existent minimal. Sure, I have cross-trained like a maniac and have run a lot more than I did for my first several marathons, but it doesn’t feel the same.

I’m not studying the race map, scrutinizing my training and tune up races, printing pace bands, making a race plan and deciding on A, B, C goals. I am planning a fun-filled weekend in an amazing city, perusing the official merchandise catalogue to decide which items I want (all of them), convincing my husband to wear matching outfits… and most of all, reflecting on how far I have come and welling up with pride that I get to run the Boston Marathon.

It took a while, but I eventually gave myself permission to accept where I am right now. I’ve had different goals this year, different priorities taking up my time and energy. I occasionally feel those glimmers of guilt for not training for this with every ounce of my being, and even shame for giving up a lot of the speed I worked for last year. But I always said that if I ever made it, I would set out to enjoy the experience. No pressure, no goals. I worked my butt off to get here and this is the reward. I’m lucky that my speedy speedster husband (with his Wave 1 seeding and 4-digit bib number!) is setting aside his own goals to run with me, so we can share this experience together.

This time last year, hubs and I both thought that just maybe we would have a shot at qualifying. Having done so on the same day blew away our wildest dreams and expectations. And when we ultimately cross that finish line on Boylston Street together (perhaps holding hands), our achievement will be defined by a whole lot more than the numbers showing on the clock.

finishing our first race together, hand-in-hand, stride-for-stride (2007)

finishing our first race together, hand-in-hand, stride-for-stride (2007)


33 thoughts on “Ready or not, here we come

  1. You are going into this with the perfect attitude. Boston is the icing on the cake after all the hard work. The weekend will be a blast and the time on the clock is entirely secondary to everything else. AND–running it w/ the hubs is really, really cool!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE! You deserve to enjoy every single KM that that race. You are such an inspiration…and just love this post. Have a BLAST in Boston…both of you deserve it!!!

  3. I got mine on Wednesday…kind of makes it real. I didn’t realize you were flying down (thought you were driving). I’m flying out on Friday too and also going to the expo on Saturday. Though it might be unlikely in the crowds, I’ll keep my eye open for you! Can’t believe it’s only 2 weeks away. Anyway, as for your training…I think that you’re going to have a better day/race then you ever imagined and all this “not planning” will return great things on race day…nothing if not, at the very least, a heck of a good time!

  4. Great attitude.
    Enjoy every minute of it!
    It is so sweet that you and your husband are doing it together. You are making memories that will last a life time.

  5. I love that Mark is running it with you! I think it is so great that you have husband that shares the same passion in running like you do. I wish my husband ran! But I know even though he doesn’t run, he is one of my biggest supporters!

  6. This is great Marlene! So cool that you get to do this with your husband too. This is how I ran my first expectations for time, no pace bands (never used one of those), had no clue about the course and just went for the experience. After all, I didn’t even know about the Boston Marathon a year before racing it. Such a great feeling going into it like that. No pressure. My goals are a little different this time and I’m at a different place but I think this will be fun too. HOpe to meet you. xo

  7. The first time I ran Boston, I was so freaked about the hills and had my trainer work my butt off so I wouldn’t die. Everyone and their mother told me to not obsess about the race, Boston was the reward and needed to be experienced, not raced. Well, I raced it anyone and puked my guts out at mile 22. The next year I ran it, I barely trained and my time was 40 minutes slower….and I had the time of my life!! You’re going to have so much fun – and that’s what’s important here! 🙂

  8. Boston is your cherry on top. You put all your hard work into qualifying and now you & hubbs get to enjoy it together. Our family had dinner last night with someone who has run 15 Bostons! Sounds like just enjoying it is exactly what we should be doing! Can hardly wait to meet you!

  9. …and i thought that was a google image!!! ha. Gave me the chills. So excited for you guys to experience it together. what an amazing, amazing experience. You have the perfect outlook—-HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, Marlene!! (hugs)

  10. I love that hand holding pic. I’ve seen it before and it makes me smile 🙂
    I think that by just allowing yourself to enjoy it and take it all in will give you such a fantastic experience!

  11. I think you’ve got it exactly right. Getting to Boston was a huge achievement so it’ll be great if you can enjoy being there, being part of one of the most exclusive and sought-after races in the world.

    Have you been singing the Willy Wonker song in your head? ‘I’ve got a golden ticket …’

  12. Awesome post, Marlene! I am so excited for you and your hubby. I love that you are going in with an attitude of having a good time (although I know you will have a great race too). Can’t wait to read your race recap and will be thinking of you on race day. Keep inspiring all of us!

  13. So amazing that you two will run this together, literally! I got chills – that is a reflection of the true partnership you have. 🙂 Not every race will beat the one before it, and I think we need those “relaxed” training cycles to balance everything out!

  14. I think your approach is perfect! Make memories! Enjoy the experience and strengthen your marriage! You guys are awesome!!:)

  15. I just found your blog and am officially hooked after reading about your running history. Congrats on going to Boston, what a great news! That photo of you and your hubs hand in hand is very touching and I can’t wait to read about the race in 2 weeks 🙂

  16. I always said that if I ever qualified for Boston I would take 6 hours to run that race because I would be there to soak it all in and not worry about running it hard……all the hard work was done to get there.

    Enjoy the weekend and don’t fret over your training. You will enjoy the race and tell hubs to wear the outfit and cross the finish line together…..smiling!

  17. WOW TEARS!!! Pose for EVERY camera you see buddy…there are loads.. You two and going to have the best time TOGETHER.. And eat an otter pop for me will ya? Those kept me going for 26.2 in Beantown…that and my Dad 😉

  18. I agree, being in Boston is the reward and you get to run with your hubby. How awesome is that?? I’m sure you will have a great time out there together!

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