We did it - Boston Bound!!!
It was truly a team effort, and I never would have made it without the support of so many. It still hasn't really sunk in that I'll be on the starting line at the Boston Marathon next April - the realization of a dream I've been working toward for years. Now I realize that I just hadn't been working hard enough. After some disappointing attempts and a couple of injuries that prevented me from getting to the line healthy in recent races - I was determined to give it my best shot this time. And I knew I needed some help.
Enter Nike run coach Steve Edwards (husband of Shalane Flanagan, America's #1 marathoner), who drew up my training plan, coached me through a thousand miles, got into my head, and taught me so much. And most amazingly, he came down to Eugene to run with me and make sure I was locked in on the pace I needed. I ended up running a new personal best by some 20 minutes and getting that BQ that had eluded me for so long.
I've always been one to tend to go things alone. Asking for help has never been easy for me. I always knew there was strength in numbers, but until now have never really reached out for it. It takes a village, indeed. (Especially when the one needing the help is me, the village idiot!)
Our friends in Burgundy know the power of community - it's been inspiring to watch them band together this spring to join forces to combat the spring frosts that have been ravaging the French vineyards again this year (see earlier posts below).
I was choking back tears as I collapsed into Martha's arms after the race. I was feeling joy and exhaustion for sure, but the overwhelming feeling was that of gratitude for the amazing support I'd been given by so many throughout the entire process. Thank-you Martha, Pirrie, Steve, Molly, Julia, and all of the team at Nike Run Club Portland - I'd be just another busted-up Boston-wannabe without you.