This year, I did not run on Marathon Monday. Normally, I’d be pretty bummed about that (after two years of registering and not making it to the start line due to injuries), but this year I was happy to just be watching! It was almost 90 degrees in Boston yesterday – certainly not ideal running weather by any stretch of the imagination. I am amazed by all the runners who finished the race yesterday. Congrats if you were one of them!
But what I did do this year is bike the marathon course before the race started! It was an amazing way to experience the course and pre-race excitement without running. My friend S and I met in Kenmore Square bright and early to begin the ride. There were tons of other cyclists out, lots of big groups. Although the roads weren’t quite closed yet, there was very little traffic, so we had a nice smooth ride from Boston through Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Framingham, and Natick, and all the way back to Boston. We didn’t make it out to Hopkinton, but we did make it back to the Boston finish line, and I completed my longest ride ever – 50 miles!
The one low point in the ride was about 7 miles in, when I took a spill! We were making a turn and there were some rail road tracks – as I road over them, my wheel got caught in the middle of the tracks and I went down. There were lots of other cyclists around so it was a bit embarrassing, but I was lucky I didn’t get too hurt. Just a few bruises and scrapes. I’m more sore from the fall than I am from the bike ride itself!
It was a really fun ride and I’m glad we got out to do it! The rest of the day I spent at the running club’s BBQ cheering on the runners at mile 23. I love the excitement of Marathon Monday – it’s such a fun day in Boston! Hopefully I will be running it again next year!
I did race this weekend in my first duathlon, and a full race report will be up soon! Stay tuned…