Yesterday was the final Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) group long run of the year (okay, we do have one more long run of 26.2 miles on April 21!). Depending on the program a runner following, 12 miles was the maximum for the day. I did a nice 10 mile run with Morgan, Nicole and Rachel, my DFMC running partners/teammates.
It was a picture perfect weather day. Sunny and in the low 60s. If this was the day of the marathon, it would have been a tad too hot. Obviously not as hot as the 1976 or 2012 Boston Marathon, but it would be challenging. My 5 previous Boston Marathons have never been so late in the month. I’m curious as to what Mother Nature will provide on marathon Monday. Hopefully it’ll be in the low 50s, sunny (though cloudy is okay, too) and a slight head wind. You just never know in New England. Go here for a history of weather conditions in recent years. To quote Mark Twain, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” As long as I don’t have to wear these, I’ll be happy:
Prior to the run, we decided to attend the Sports Illustrated Boston Marathon cover photo shoot before (on Boylston Street at the finish line). The folks in charge said be there at 7:00 (we got there at 6:30) though things didn’t get started until 8:00. Thankfully the weather cooperated though it was a little chilly in the shade.
The folks from the Old South Church were handing out some of the lovely scarves from their Marathon Scarf Project. I got this lovely example and it was made by a kind soul named Donna from Hollis, NH. Nicole’s scarf was also from Donna and we have since spoken with her on the Old South Church Facebook page. Anyway, last I checked the Old South Church has received about 6500 scarves from people all around the world. Crazy awesome. Such a kind gesture!
Considering the long run meeting starts at 8:00, well, we missed it. After the photo shoot, we made a bee line to Marathon Sports in Wellesley. We actually didn’t arrive all that late. DFMC runners were just about 1/2 – 1 mile into the run when we got to the store. After a brief stretching session, we hit the road.
Here’s the route (go here for the Garmin):
We popped into Quebrada right across the street from Marathon Sports for a reward!
And, a little relaxation time with a good friend is a good thing too!
This coming week I will continue to taper. Tuesday is the final speed workout and Jack Fultz, our coach, says if the weather is nice and warm, we’ll have the workout outside. T hat would be pretty groovy. And I know I said on Facebook/Instagram that the run at Arc this past Thursday was the final run there, well, it’s not. My running partners want to head back over to Arc this Thursday for a short run. 4 – 5 miles. One really, really cool thing is that my friend Liz from Alaska will be flying in that day. My wife and I met Liz at mile 25.7 last year. We were already helping another runner (Scott, who had hypothermia & dehydration) when Liz approached us asking if she could have one of our fleece jackets. We ended spending several hours with Liz back at the Omni Parker House. It’ll be really nice to reconnect. She’s actually in the corral just ahead of me too. Fun!
On a final note. the marathon day rules seem to change by the day. First we couldn’t leave the Athletes’ Village, now we can. This is important to know as I would love to take a later non-DFMC bus (which is at 5:15AM) say around 7:00AM. And now, we can also carry items such as extra food, shoes, or clothing on the buses from Boston to Hopkinton if they don’t fit in a fanny pack. Runners may also bring something to sit on (i.e. blankets, mats, tarps, towels), as long as the item is not carried in a bag or backpack and can be easily carried. It’s overwhelming the amount of information that is being posted. The B.A.A. recently sent this right-brained approach to the rules (go here for the left-brained):
Finally, I thought I’d share this video from a group called Dear World. The video features Dave Fortier, who was at mile 26.19 when the first bomb exploded. Dave is also on the DFMC team and I’ve run with him a few times at the Tuesday night speed workouts.
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