|Boston Skyline, Saturday April 13, 2013|
In fact, I was in Boston all week before the race. My dad had just had heart surgery at Tufts Medical Center and I had been visiting him with my mom and other family members for eight days. He was released from the hospital just on Sunday. I thought about staying on Monday to watch this magical race one more time for inspiration and to see some of my heros, like Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. But I wasn't feeling too good, so I drove home to Maine and watched the race, start to finish, on my computer.
As a marathon runner who grew up just a mile from Heartbreak Hill and have been a lifelong fan of this historic marathon, I've come to know it as one of the greatest sporting events in the world. I will train even harder now with the hope of running this treasured race someday with spirits of those who lost their lives on this tragic Patriot's Day in Boston.