Go Boston go! The day started off great here and continued to build into one big social celebration. Sunny skies and a touch of a tail wind for the runners made for a great day for runners and spectators. After dropping M at the buses, I cruised back to the hotel to have breakfast and get ready for the day – sherpa-ing takes some organization. My only job for the day was to make sure to meet M at our designated meet spot w/his change of clothes and snacks.
Luckily, you could sign up for runner alerts to get text messages of where your runners were at during their race. It worked out great! I wish Ironman.com‘s athlete tracker would adopt this. It made it so fun to see M’s progress as well as other friends running the race. The crowds were insane – about 30 people deep (no exaggeration) so it was almost impossible to get a good view of the runners. I lucked out and saw the wheelchair group finish. That was incredible. But alas, I was on the wrong side of the finish line. I needed to cross to the other side if I ever wanted to meet up with M so I had to abandon my killer spot. Good thing to because it took an hour and a half to get around to the other side. I clocked roughly 8 miles of walking yesterday – not a marathon, but at least I got a little exercise…
After attempting a few viewing spots, I gave up and joined friends watching at the bar at the Westin by the finish line. Much better view of elite men and women’s race! And I had a beer, bonus. We were so close so we ran out and watch Meb finish (and by watch I mean jumbotron (sp?) from a block away) which was incredible. The crowd was going nuts.
M was a trooper. When you train on the weekends with zero week day runs, it’s a bit of a dice roll, but he did great. He was shooting for a finish and wasn’t too concerned about times. Basically, the goal was no walking and to beat his Ironman marathon times. His overall place was 7235 which is pretty darn cool considering roughly 36,000 people ran.
After a trip to the post run massage in the recovery tent, we hobbled M back to the hotel via China Town. It was a bit lengthy, but we made it. Then rallied for dinner with the best seafood (Seared Tuna Wonton nachos and super delicious mussels) yum!
Today we are hitting the freedom trail, Beacon Hill and Bunker Hill. But I’ll probably spare you the dorky tourist photos. Overall, well done Boston. You are a bright, shining city with some of the nicest, most genuine people you’ll ever meet. And I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be here and be a part of it all.