September 14, 2015

It's time to register for the Boston Marathon and a fun bike ride

Today is a very special day as many of our running friends will be registering for the Boston Marathon.  This was probably my favorite day from 2014 aside from the day that I ran the Quintiles Marathon with Megan and earned my qualifying time.  The excitement of runners on social media will be huge today and for the next week as they wait for their window of opportunity to register. Waiting then for the official email confirmation is a little nerve wracking, but when it arrives, you jump for joy.  At least that is what I did!

Happiest running day ever!
Several ladies including Andrea, Suzy, Mindy and a few others who ran their first (in Mindy's case second) qualifying time for Boston earlier this year will be anxiously waiting for their day to sign up. Unfortunately I will not be in Boston next year either to run the marathon or to cheer. It makes me just a wee bit sad that I can't be a cheerleader for all our friends who will toe the starting line. But I have big plans for April next year and running a marathon is part of them! Marathon Monday is such a special day in Boston and it will be fun to follow along on social media with all the tweets and Facebook posts.

Last week I had a 75 minute bike ride on my training plan, so I needed to figure out a route that would help me complete the time and also be enjoyable! Tom decided to ride too and we made a plan to go to the beach and back from our home. With perfect weather and a riding companion, we set off after the school traffic had disappeared.  Wrightsville Beach is so busy in the summertime, that we would not consider riding down during the tourist season.  Leaving our house, we weaved through our neighborhood for 3 miles before reaching the direct route to the beach.  After around 8 miles, we reached this lovely spot and stopped for a water break.  Other than water bottles, the only other thing we brought along were a cell phone and Halt spray that I carried in a running belt. We ended up riding just over 17 miles in 76 minutes so the route was perfectly planned!

Beautiful view at the north end of the beach

After completing the ride, soaking my tired legs in the pool was the plan.   I loved using my Boston Marathon 2015 mug, in honor of my speedy friends registering for the race this week.  Good luck with registration!




Are you registering for Boston? If so, we will add you to our list of runners to follow April 18, 2016



17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely and enjoyable bike ride, Pam! I have a friend from work who's registering...I'm crossing my fingers for her! She's SO nervous!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh good luck to your friend Karen. It is the most awesome race experience ever! Okay so maybe a little over the top with that comment, but it was a very memorable race and weekend.

      Delete
  2. What a fun bike ride! And you look so cute!!! Boston is so epic! Good luck to all those registering!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Mindy. I do love riding my speedy new bike!

      Delete
  3. A friend qualified yesterday in Erie, so I'm crossing fingers and toes for 2 friends to get in to Boston. My little sis lives in Carolina Beach and she is loving the slowdown of the tourist season too. Looks like a great day for a bike ride. #sweatpink

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is wonderful to have the tourist population in decline so the residents can bike and do other activities without as much traffic. Good luck to your two friends. Hope they get into Boston.

      Delete
  4. Looks like an awesome bike ride!
    One year I'd like to take the time and train to qualify for Boston, that would be an awesome accomplishement just to qualify, and then if I could get in too, even better! Kuddo's to all those who will be making their way there next April:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's definitely worth the training and effort to earn a place at Boston. I hope to run it again some day.

      Delete
  5. No Boston for me. I've only run one marathon and it was very far from the qualifying time. I have several friends who will be registering though and I wish them the best at getting in! Guess you never know with the cut off times. It looks like you had a great bike ride and even better recovery dip in the pool!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amy the marathon distance is not for everyone. I hope your friends get in, but yes, the qualifying time needed changes every year. Hopefully more get in this year than last.

      Delete
  6. Someday I'll be registering for the Boston Marathon. I WILL get there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope to qualify again so maybe I will see you in Boston Sue!

      Delete
  7. Wow, the view on your ride looks beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

      Delete
  8. Awesome bike ride! I'm so excited/jealous for everyone registering for Boston. I know I'll never meet the qualifying time, so it's my goal to run it for charity. I know I'll get there someday! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jennifer you never know what can happen with running. I do hope you can run some year. It is an amazing experience.

      Delete
    2. Jennifer you never know what can happen with running. I do hope you can run some year. It is an amazing experience.

      Delete