It wouldn’t really be a running blog if I didn’t post about this years incredible Boston Marathon. I love the stories, I feed off the talent, and I crave being as fast as those people. I told my friend who ran it, that this year is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable years due to the terrible circumstances of last. The results did not disappoint. My favorite stories are that of Meb, Rita, and the lone horse- Seth.
Meb Keflezighi won on the Men’s side and became the first American to win it overall since 1983. He is a San Diego native and did volunteer work with my friend Beckys high school team. From what she says he is a really awesome guy. (She’s the one who created this website, Barney Design) Not to mention HE IS 39! WOOT WOOT! It goes to show that you are never too old to be awesome! At the end of the race his mantra was, “Boston Strong”. I’m telling you, mantras are important in running, walking, or life in general! Need a refresher on Mantras? Click here! I’m so proud that an American won! He crossed the line and broke into tears. He was quickly greeted and held up by the 1983 winner, Greg Meyer. Nothing short of Amazing!
On the Womens side Rita Jepatoo of Kenya defended her Boston title from last year with a time of 2:18.57 (almost an hour faster than my PR!) Rita pulled away from the pack at mile 23 as she clocked in her 23rd mile at a measly 4:49!!!!!! She also set a course record and ran the 5th fastest marathon by a women EVER. For sure nothing to scoff about!
But perhaps one of my favorite stories was that of Seth Wold my old teammate, fellow team captain and Altra Shoe Guru. He decided to take a chance and run up at the front of the pack with the LEADERS of the Boston Marathon. The commentators were completely caught off guard trying to figure out who this lone rider was. It was none other than Utah’s native Seth Wold. He explains his story in his blog here. Essentially, he decided to run the first 5k of the race with his racing heros before dropping off and eventually placing 927th with a smoking time of 2:49! This story has been putting a smile on my face through most of the day. Not to mention he got to be in this awesome picture on the front page of the NY times!
He is in the blue singlet with the neon socks. What a gutsy guy, and how awesome is that!?! If you have not checked out Altra’s line of shoes, be sure to here. I’m running a major downhill marathon (cottonwood) in September and their wide toe box is sounding tempting. I think I’ll trade out my Mizuno’s for a pair. I’ll let you know what I think when I get ’em. We have a group of 12 women now who are all training for this race in hopes of qualifying and being part of next years Boston Marathon. I will say that WHEN we make it there, I’m not sure I will have the guts to race like that of Seth Wold. Cheers to you Seth!