Nothing like a blizzard to make you pay your bills! Being stuck inside all day I finally tackled the pile of mail that had been accumulating for the last 5 weeks. I was on a money spending roll, when I realized I forgot to book my flights for the marathon. I had planned to do it last week.
So I did, and now, I am really focused on thoughts of marathon morning. Because of the logistical idiosyncracies of the Boston Marathon and the later than is typical start (10am, used to be noon, most marathon start at like 7am). Most runners (I think) line up along Boston Common at 6 am to ride school buses to the athlete’s village at the Hopkinton high school. There, if it’s as I imagine, you sip water, stand in long lines for port-a potties, and generally try to stay warm and relaxed until it’s go-time.
I have reserved a hotel room in Boston for Sunday night, but because everything close the the Common booked so early (I booked my room back in late October!), I will have to take a cab a bout 4 or 5 miles. I worry about all that standing around, sitting around, and, knowing myself, wandering around in the 4 to 5 hours leading up to running the actual marathon.
In Portland (last October), the hotel room I stayed in (with my mom and awesome friend who came to support me!), was only a few blocks from the starting line, I went from sound asleep to starting the race in a span of about 45mins. Perfect!
An alternative is to be dropped of in Hopkinton. I am staying in NH saturday night and then after the race, so going down Sunday to stay in a hotel is a lot of back and forth for everyone involved, and I feel a bit bad about the hassle of it. But, being the Boston Marathon, cars are not allowed in close proximity to the village. So, my understanding is that I would be dropped off, get on a shuttle, then walk about 1/2 mile, then I would have to walk a similar distance to and from the gear drop (buses take your bag of warmups etc. and bring them to the finish).
So, either way, lots of walking, standing, waiting, nail-biting.
I’ve done my best here to abbreviate the way this debate has been going in my mind, but it suffices to say that there isn’t a good alternative and I think I should soak up the whole traditional experience of Boston, and take the big yellow bus.
In other news. I love clothes. It’s hard to tell sometimes because lately I seem to be living is pajama pants and gym clothes. Adidas put up (online) the official gear for the 115th Boston Marathon today. And I want it all. Below are pictures of my favorite items. I realize that at the race expo most of this gear will be there, and likely much more. So I thought I would purchase one or two things now so I can train in them and generally add to my growing-daily excitement.
Let me know which items you like! (yes they are all rather over-priced)
I am taking donations for gear. – Just kidding.
(No I’m not)