No, I am not giving up running… or even considering it… But I do want your opinion on something
Back in September, I talked about how I was going to Boston for marathon weekend in April. Since the bombings, I have wanted to be there to support the marathoners this year. Once that idea came to mind, I worked out the whole weekend in my head and it was going to be perfect… Going to Fenway with my dad, seeing the marathon… and running a 5K through BAA. After all, it would be the only chance I would ever have to run down Boylston street.
In looking into Marathon weekend info, I discovered the 5K, saw that it had the same finish line as the marathon and it instantly became a race I wanted to run. Sure, it wouldn’t be quite the same experience as running down Boylston street after having completed 26 miles. But it was certainly close enough for me… especially after what happened last year. I also decided to make it a goal race for the year… a race that I would (gasp) run for time.
However, last week, BAA announced that the race would be held on Saturday (instead of Sunday… which makes sense given that Sunday is Easter) and that the course has changed and will no longer have the same finish line as the Marathon
I was instantly devastated.
The main draw for the race for me was the finish line… I wanted that chance to run down Boylston street. I wanted it badly.
That is no longer an option so now I am torn… Do I still try to run it or not?
I know that if I choose to run, I will make the most of it. After all… a run is one of the better ways to see a city I have never been to before and both of my parents will be there to cheer me on. And, yes, I will still complete my main goal of supporting the marathon. I also have no doubt that the 5K will be heartfelt this year and all of the participants will be touched given the events of last year.
But Damnit! I want to finish on Boylston street!
So, in an effort to step back and obtain a more neutral view of the situation, I am reaching out to you all. What do you think… should I run it or not?
PS – I am also aware that there is a chance I won’t be able to get in… BAA races sell out FAST