As you may have heard, today was the Boston Marathon. 😉
And wow, was it epic. I have had goosebumps all day.
I was lucky enough to be able to follow along live — I mostly watched the live updates on Flotrack. They added some great humor to their updates… like this:
And once it came down to a few minutes left in the men’s race, I had to turn on the live broadcast to see Meb take it home. The Kenyans were pushing it, but I loved seeing Meb push it to the end… especially when he was rocking it down Boylston, crossing himself and pumping his fist in the air.
I fought back tears at my desk and couldn’t put into words how amazing it is that this man was the one to show the world that we are strong and that he was the one to break that tape. Meb is an incredible person and man. If you haven’t read his autobiography, do it now.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet him twice and each time, he has a smile on his face and truly looks like he loves meeting fans (I even chased him the wrong way down an escalator once and as his brother snapped our picture, Meb may or may not have mentioned how bad he had to go to the bathroom… haha.)
He is an inspiration and truly exemplifies what the running community is and means. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, how many races you’ve run, it’s all about being part of a community that may be focused on one thing (running), but brings out the best in everyone and creates a togetherness that you can’t really find anywhere else in the world.
I think the way he started off the day shows what kind of person he is:
Only about to run one of the most amazing races of his life… but spending time to root on everyone else running too. Love it.
All in all, it is so well deserved. I’ve always felt like Meb has been treated like an underdog among elites. At the London Olympics, he wasn’t even talked about as a contender when they went through the top men. And he took fourth. At the Olympics.
Now he holds this record:
“With his win, Keflezighi became not only the one to win the U.S. drought at Boston. He is also the only person in history, man or woman, to win Boston, New York City (2009) and an Olympic marathon medal (2004).”
And it’s not just Meb. What about Shalane? She ROCKED it. She led the race for the better part of the day and pushed herself and the other women to some incredible records. Shalane is the most determined person in the world and I can’t wait for the day when she does get the laurel wreath on her head. It will definitely be worth the wait.
Did you watch the Boston Marathon? What’d you think?
If you ran, how’d it go!? Congrats to all the finishers! See you there in 2015 🙂
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