Yes, I am still only “dreaming” of running the Boston Marathon. A year ago, I was reviewing the kid’s school calendar and was excited to find that the Boston Marathon would exactly line up with their spring break. I blocked out April 14th – 20th on my work Outlook calendar.
Now, 1 year later, I head to off to work after asking my friend to TiVo the marathon coverage on OLN. How could this have happened? How could I have trained so hard, and still not made the cut?
It wasn’t for the lack of trying. I ran the Silicon Valley Marathon at the end of October and suffered from the runs before the race and dry heaves during the race. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best performance. I backed off my training, hoping for a speedy recovery, and ran the California International Marathon just 5 weeks later. Although my performance was better than the last, I didn’t make the required time.
In the past couple of days I’ve been aware of everyone heading off to Boston. I’m envious, but proud of them. I wish them all the best and wish that I was able to go along for the ride. I’ll run in 2007. Am I dreaming? Perhaps. Still, I think I will block out some time on my calendar anyhow.
After all, look at the story of Bobbi Gibb, the 1st woman to run the Boston Marathon. She wasn’t invited, in fact she was told that women were not capable of running an entire marathon. She showed them, but not before hitting some obstacles of her own. Without a coach, suffering through injuries, and having to disguise herself as a man, Bobbi Gibbs not only was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, but she opened doors for women to follow in her footsteps and do the same. In 2007, it will be my turn.