My friends and teammates threw down some impressive performances in conditions that were threatening rain and had a nice little headwind heading towards Copley Square. If you haven't had the pleasure of racing into a headwind, lucky you-as they tend to suck. I smile when I think of those who have made comebacks, hit a milestone for the first time, or just got through the training it takes to run a marathon-you all are awesome!
So my relationship with this race tends to be complicated. Like I said, I have the ability, motivation, and on most days the mental toughness it takes to qualify for and finish the race. I have mostly sworn off the 26.2 distance because of difficulty training for it and the fact that I do believe shorter races are nothing to scoff at if ran to one's true ability.
How do I see things? Well, let's begin with an over-dramatized and perhaps overrated early 2000's action film "Gone in 60 Seconds". Any of y'all remember that one? Nic Cage's character could steal basically any car successfully, except one; and it wasn't even the most exotic one featured in the film, "Eleanor" the Shelby Mustang. They called it his 'Unicorn'-the one thing that he was after that eluded him, as obtainable as it was-I mean, he was like a professional car thief and stole cars all the time. Note: Just so you know I have no intentions of stealing any cars at the time of this post....
For those of different generations, how about a more current example. I first have to confess to occasionally reading Nicholas Sparks books (even though I don't really have a romantic bone in my body). Ok I said it, now let's move on..."The Longest Ride", now a movie as well, features some ridiculously good-looking cowboy who is making a bull-riding comeback after his career and life nearly being ended by a bull named 'Big Ugly Critter". Not to give too much away, but he can't seem to fully move on until he successfully rides this bull. He is able to, but afraid and it is a big risk doing so. And there is some love story in the background, but not the purpose of this post!
So what's stealing cars and riding bulls have to do with running? Not much, really, except Boston seems to be my unicorn or Big Ugly Critter. Unlike the movies, of course, my life goes on successfully even without ever making it out Northeast to race, but dang it-part of me wants to find a way to go after it.
|Yeah it's kinda like that... only safer!|
And in case you haven't seen either of these movies, of course Nic Cage drives the Mustang away and cowboy Luke finally rides Big Ugly Critter. Adrienne has a way to go and goals to hit before giving herself permission for even seriously entertaining training for the marathon again, but wow, does the third Monday in April do some weird things to me.
First step, finish out my 12-month goal or longer. Congratulations goes out to all who raced and finished in this year's event!
Stay the course.