Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Marathon Monday!

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of the year in Boston: Marathon Monday! Marathon Monday is always run on Patriot's Day, which is a state holiday and everyone comes out to watch the marathoners! 
 I had somethings to take care of downtown, near the finish line, on Sunday. It was fun to get to see the finish line, with every other tourist in Boston.  It was cool to think that less than 24 hours from then the top finishers would be racing across the line!
Of course, it was going to be insanely warm yesterday, record heat. So hot that they were telling runners it was ok to defer racing until next year. By mid-day it was 86 degrees (it's April...in Boston).

Anyway, back to the race! As I was coming back from the gym I arrived at the race course a few minutes before the wheelchair racers were supposed to arrive. It was so amazing to see these men come whizzing through. They actually broke records, the heat apparently is better for their muscles!
 After that I knew I had some time before the Elite Women and Men ran through (I live at mile 24 of 26.2). So I ran home and got my big camera and a big bottle of water and headed back to the course. By then people were coming out to support the runners!
 Then we heard the cheers down the road and knew the elite women were about to arrive. Look at the pace time! 2:17:40! These women are amazing! They weren't breaking records, but they were doing an amazing job considering the heat!
 The women on the right, in the pink shorts, ended up winning the women's race. She finished in 2:31:50. Yup, 14 minutes later she crossed the finish line, 2.2 miles down the road. Amazing.
 Then just a few minutes later the elite men came through. The leader, the man on the right above, made it 24 miles in under two hours. He ended up winning it all in 2:12:40! The heat did get to one elite male runner, the man they thought would win it all, he had to bow out due to heat related issues.
 It is so fun to be out with everyone! The spirit in the crowd is so great. You just call out runner's bib numbers or their name if they are wearing it. To see them smile or give a thumbs up, when they must be so hot and so tired at mile 24 is so great.
 Even after running for close to 3 or 4 hours most people were still doing just that: running. It was amazing to see some walking and to call out "you can do it 2310" and to see them smile and start jogging again!
 You also see people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and the like. You even see people who are running barefoot by mile 24. Can you say post-marathon-tetanus shot? 
 Then there are the amazing people who make you go, "oy, and I complain about working out when I have the sniffles." Blind runners, running with guides and runners with prosthetics. If they can do it, maybe I should try too!
 There was also no shortage of methods to keep the runners safe. The police were making, yes making, the runners run through the cooling tent which was hooked up to a fire hydrant and then being cooled in some fancy looking machine. By the time I left the course at 3:30 (6 hours after the elite women started) the road was littered with cups and water bottles. The only time there is a good excuse to litter, I suppose.
And of course there were the hilarious costumes. How they ran in these, let alone running in them in the heat is beyond me! There also was a bumble-bee, a banana, and a few men in kilts!

Congrats to all those who ran the marathon, the heat was extreme and your determination was amazing!

15 thoughts on the matter:

tinajo said... {Reply}

Amazing - really awesome! I love watching marathons, everybody really gives it all. You should go ahead, I´m sure you´d make it! :-)

Nicky @ Awesomeville said... {Reply}

Some of those people are intense! I don't think I could do a 5k, let alone a marathon! I love the people dressed up lol.

Anita Johnson said... {Reply}

I am so NOT a runner, I almost can't imaging any part of this, but i would love to see those who can...nice job of capturing the feeling!

Kathy said... {Reply}

I am soooo glad you posted photos of this event, I've always wanted to attend (NOT participate, haha), and this is the next best thing. Fun!

Danelle said... {Reply}

I heard it was going to be hot, but wow, that's really hot! I love the people in costumes.

Secret Mom Thoughts said... {Reply}

Anyone who runs a marathon amazes me. Great shots.

Susan @ Sunflower Status said... {Reply}

Great shots! I can't believe how hot it was there! Your temps are higher than where I live in California!

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

Well, this was fun. I've never been to a marathon race before - wow the women that ran, just look at those muscles! : )

Kim Cunningham said... {Reply}

Runners always impress me. Love the costumed runners. So funny.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said... {Reply}

I love the hamburger guy- too funny!!! That is warm for your area- although I would be thrilled if we stayed in the high 80's through October. I am so not ready to be hitting hundreds in the coming week.

Nancy Claeys said... {Reply}

You were definitely at the right place at the right time to capture these awesome athletes, Tamar. I can feel the excitement in your photos.

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

I could almost feel the atmosphere through your pics and your words. You took me right there! :)

Susan said... {Reply}

Love seeing this post...I've never seen the marathon. Looks like fun-well except the 86 part.
There is a 10K here in August that draws elites-wheelchairs, etc and always amazing and inspiring.
You have some great catches here.

Mari said... {Reply}

I did a 1/2 marathon once and was glad to turning to head back when all those other hard core runners will headed straight for the full marathon.

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Salma @ Chasing Rainbow said... {Reply}

Oh awesome, that looks like such a fun time.I love your snapshots (especially the last ones, lol).
I want to run a marathon with hubby...it might be a while.