Running my first Boston marathon was a dream come true.
Boston was my fourth marathon including Dallas, London and Chicago. Each of them has a special meaning to me. I’ve been at the Boston Marathon so many times cheering for my husband, but feeling the excitement from a different perspective as a runner was awesome!
One of my favorite moments was the Blessing of the Athletes at the Old South Church. You could feel the love, courage and positive energy of all the runners around you. The encouragement did not end there;
from the Athletes Village in Hopkinton to the finish line at Copley Square in Boston, supporters and onlookers cheer everyone on!
They truly won’t let you grow discouraged or give up.
Also, getting to meet and run with Shalane Flanagan was fun and exciting.
Regarding the race part, Boston has been the most difficult marathon I’ve run, but is by far the most memorable race.
My legs were about to give up on me as I approached the finish line, but thinking about all the effort I put to get there, including the countless amount of hours and miles I dedicated to qualify and to run this marathon gave me the strength to cross the finish line. The physical pain was nothing compared to the feeling of accomplishment and gratitude with all my great running partners, friends, and most importantly, my beautiful family.
I can’t wait to be back.
Boston Strong! 💙💛💙💛