First and foremost, I did not, nor will I ever qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I do enjoy watching what I can of it on TV and following friends who have qualified over the years. I’d love to someday watch the race in person.
The Boston Marathon is one of the reasons I look forward to April, well besides Easter Baskets and Peeps. Really I don’t know how Boston Runners make it through the course after Peep season.
Anyway, this year, Boston steps off in October to provide a little more safety we hope for the in-person runners. They’ve had to limit the in-person field to 20,000 and are offering a virtual race to 70,000 entrants who qualify. I can’t wait until we get back to Patriots Day racing with it live. So many runners work so hard to qualify for Boston, it’d be nice when more of them can get out there to run their race.
In the meantime, I will pledge to run at least 26.2 miles this month and record my overall time as a way to pay homage to this great race and great city.
So far this April, I’ve covered 2.12 miles and am slated to finish my run in a little over 5 hours, uggh. I’m going to work on that. I admit I haven’t been pushing very hard on my runs, but April I think will put a little spring in my step.
Feel free to join me in this challenge and post your results here in the comments.
I’ll give whoever finishes with the quickest time over the course of April a choice of a signed copy of either The Last Disruptor, a science fiction novel that makes a great gift for advanced middle school readers and their adults, or Potential: A Novel, the story of a three men trying to figure out who they are after a thwarted mugging in Reno. Potential is an adult contemporary title.
Keep running, keep writing.