Inspired by the Boston Marathon

Now, now. I’m not necessarily inspired to go all out and train for a marathon or even a half marathon now. But I am inspired by the resilient and joyful marathoners whom I witnessed yesterday.

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Winner Lelisa Desisa is in the yellow and third place finisher Wilson Chebet is in the green!

My friends and I found a great spot near Mile 25 to spectate the runners shout and cheer them on like it’s going out of style. If you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen the videos of me yelling, “DIG DEEP. THIS IS IT, YOU GOT IT.”

My voice dropped a couple octaves yesterday.

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Of course, I had to have a good breakfast for Marathon Monday. All that screaming and cheering needed fuel, ya know? I ate a whole wheat apple pancake with peanut butter and banana, scrambled eggs, and even some fancy turkey bacon (although turkey bacon is devil’s food in the eyes of my friends who love real bacon). Glass o’ milk on the side!

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It was a rainy, gloomy day in Boston yesterday, but I imagine that the runners might have preferred that over an extra warm day. It was pretty chilly for us on the sidelines though!

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I went to the sidelines too late to see the top finishers for elite women, but we got to see the elite men and a lot of people from the first two waves. I didn’t get to see Tina or Morganne, but I know they killed it!

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It was an incredible experience watching the marathoners—those on their two feet, those on one foot, those on wheels, those in military uniform, those wearing fun costumes, those running barefoot(!). All of them are amazing human beings from whom we can all draw inspiration.

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Whenever a marathoner would blow a kiss, come over to high five the spectators, raise the roof, or just smile really big, it was like a ray of sunshine.

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blowing kisses!

My friend Fiona was so awestruck that she asked if I wanted to run a marathon with her during our senior year. WHOA THERE. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here… I’m perfectly content with burpees and 4-5 mile runs when I’m feelin’ it.

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I mean, maybe it will happen one day. Who knows? Marathons are about dreaming big, right?

Cheering on runners gets pretty exhausting #MarathonMonday

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Maybe I should organize a burpee marathon. 1000 burpees for time. Oof.

Hope you’re all having a great day!

So tell me:

Did you watch the Boston Marathon yesterday? Did you have a favorite moment?

Have you ever run a marathon? Do you want to run one?

Would you be down for a burpee marathon?

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13 thoughts on “Inspired by the Boston Marathon

  1. What an experience! Seeing as I don’t run unless someone’s chasing me, I don’t think a marathon is in the cards🙈😂 but these runners are incredibly inspiring. Have a great one Alison!
    Ps that pancake looks so yummy:)

  2. Not going to lie, I did not pay attention in class at all yesterday, because I was too busy watching the finish line on my phone. It was incredible, and I got the runner’s bite as well. Maybe one day, you and I could meet up at a race. *one day* Haha, I don’t think I will be capable of running a marathon for quite some time! We need to follow each other on SnapChat! I’m going to try and find you.

    And NO. I think a burped marathon would be a source of death for me. 😉

  3. That’s so cool you got to spectate. I would love to spectate the marathon someday. I’m not really a marathoner per say. I’ve trained for 2, but they don’t get me as pumped as just a 5 or 6 mile run. It’s definitely a challenge that I’m so happy to have been able to complete, and I do have a secret goal, Lord willing, of doing Boston some day. *sigh*

  4. SO jealous you got to spectate!! You’ll be watching me finish one day 🙂 (if you’re not running yourself!!) finally catching up on Moves & Grooves! I absolutely loved the one about letting go and not worrying so much about fitting in a workout. AMEN. You have been having the most wonderful eats as well. And hey! I miiight be coming to the east coast this summer so we should totally find a way to meet up:) Aaandnd I just added you on Snapchat so now I can creep on you from there 😉

  5. I’m not sure if I have it in me to ever run a marathon but I’m running my fourth half marathon next weekend. I didn’t train for it like I should’ve (I’ve stayed in decent cardiovascular health but I really should’ve RUN more – duh.) Anyways, I’m hoping that the others around me help to get me through it.

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