Saturday, April 16, 2005


My dad is a marathoner. I remember waking up at 4am one morning when I was six or seven because we had to go and drop him off for a marathon. I think it was the Phoenix Marathon. Well, one day, I told him that I wanted to run too. The next morning he woke me up at 5am and I ran to the corner of Baseline and Rural with him. He then ran back home with me and then went off for the rest of his run. I've been hooked ever since. Well, this Monday, I reach the penultimate goal of my marathoning career, a mere two years after I decided to run marathons.

It's off to Boston. To be honest, I haven't thought about it that much. Qualifying for Boston last spring was 95% of the journey for me. Running Boston, beginning in Hopkinton, past Wellesley, through the Newton Hills, over Heartbreak Hill, past Boston College, and then on to Beacon and Boylston Streets will simply be the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, I will not be able to race Boston. My hamstrings and ITBs just haven't cooperated. I'll run it and enjoy it and then limp around next week with my finisher's medal around my neck.

I probably won't run Boston again until my father and/or siblings qualify. I'm going to savor it.

For those interested, you can go to the Boston Marathon and track me. The race starts at noon and there are checkpoints every five kilometers. Monday morning the home page will change and it will have a spot where you can plug in bib numbers to track athletes. My bib number is 4027.


Lisa M said...

Mike, we are all so proud of you running the Boston Marathon. I've been telling all our friends, it's a great accomplishment. We will be praying that your hamstrings heal and you can run as fast as you like. Sending you positive thoughts and we'll track your number during the race. Good Luck.
Kick Bootay! Lisa, Rob, Lindsey, Brandon and Baby

Anonymous said...

Brian has this Blog in his favorites. I think you are pretty hilarious after reading just a few of your entries. We are pretty impressed and excited for you and the upcoming Boston Marathon. We will be following your Bib #.

1 question. Why do you suppose they are having the Elite Women start approximately 30 minutes before the men. I would imagine that the Elite Men will still wind up passing the Elite Women, isn't that more humiliating than if they started at the same time? Anyway, have a blast and try not to injure yourself too much. Wendy

PTC said...

Wendy, the women are only 10 to 15 minutes slower than the men. The world records are only 11 minutes apart.

liz said...

Happy to report he is still alive and walking, somewhat. Way to go Mike you did amazing at Boston!

We are so proud of you.

Liz and Zane