The Boston Marathon is the world's, yes world's oldest marathon, now that is super cool. I think around 38,000 people get to run it each year or something like that. You have to qualify to run it, well I think there are some spots left open for sponsors and fund raising people but most people qualify to run it. Women didn't get to run in it until 1972, the year before I was born. There was one woman who ran it before that by sneaking in. From what I have read and seen on TV it is a great course with great crowds the entire way. There is one place on the course between miles 20 and 21 called Heartbreak hill. It is named after all of the lungs,hearts and legs it has abused over the years, meaning there is a hill about 1/2 mile long at just the point in a marathon where your body doesn't want to go anymore. So basically it sucks :). Dang I am eloquent.
Here is where I am going with all of this. I CAN'T BELIEVE I GET TO RUN BOSTON! My mind is screaming. I know I won't win, won't place in the top of my age group but who cares. I get to run Boston. Last night I had a dream about running it, today on my run I just kept going over and over how awesome it was going to feel to run this race. Now I have to admit, I am a tiny bit scared. I know lame. But I want to PR and that means I have to go out hard and, well honestly running fast isn't my thing. I don't necessarily thrive off of the pain of running fast, I enjoy nice long runs. So it is going to hurt, so that is that. I am a tiny bit scared of a hill that has been named "Heartbreak Hill" that just doesn't sound good. I am a tiny bit scared of letting people down that are traveling there to watch me and the girls that will be watching my progress via updates from the race. But most of all: I am super PUMPED. I am so excited. I need to simmer down a little but dang, who in a million years would have thought I would qualify and get to run Boston? Not me. In my 20's my fastest marathon was a 4:20 now my fastest marathon is a BQ time. For all of you runners out there dreaming of Boston one day, trust me, you can do it. I have one last long training run this week (The Big D marathon on Sunday) and then taper for 8 days. Yay!!! Happy Running All. I will try not to pop with excitement before race day.