Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thoughts on Marathon Day

Since I was "off" from work, A and I of course went down to Kenmore Square to watch the Boston marathon. We got a bit of a late start and so missed the very first elite frontrunners. We were across the street from the "Citgo" sign and had a great view of everything. The weather was probably just a little warm for the runners and it was sunny.

It's always amazing watching the finishers. Especially those who are obviously gritting through a lot of pain -- and are still moving at a good clip. It was also amazing to see the Hoyt team again (their 26th Boston marathon!), and of course Lance Armstrong (and his entourage).

For the second time, searched for E-Speed, but never saw her -- she was that fast!

We watched for a couple hours then left. It certainly does help in the inspiration department!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Some Other "Famous" Marathoners

After watching the trials, I met up with a couple of famous marathoners for lunch. At least "famous" in the running-blog world.

DaisyDuc and E-Speed.

They were loading up for the marathon. And yes, E did eat that last sweet potato fry!

And here we are before I drove them back to their hotel.

US Olympic Womens Marathon Trials

Held in Boston yesterday. I went down to the Charles River to catch a glimpse of the runners -- on the Cambridge side of the river.

There was one woman who went out really fast. At this point, she must have been at least a quarter mile ahead of this lead pack. You can see Deena in this group. Soon after this point she took off and caught the leader. She went on to win the trials.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recovering from another relapse

Just when things were starting to get better -- the knee decided it was not going to cooperate. There was a bit of a relapse in the knee, and that led to several weeks off. Again.

But, I will not be put off. Unfortunately I have not had access to my normal fitness center lately (that's another story). That is also about to change.

The good news is that the knee is again on the mend. I ran 2 miles on Thursday, and 2 miles this morning, before heading down to the Charles River to watch the Olympic Women's Marathon Trials (Deena won, of course).

As I slowly start running again, I should be posting more often.

Stay tuned for a couple more posts over the next 24 hours! It's marathon weekend here in Boston -- and my wife and I just had lunch with a couple of "famous" blogger marathoners!