TOTR is all about the Boston Marathon. This used to be my backyard... OK, a few miles down the road, but I grew up in Wellesley, which is the 13.1 mile point of the course. Wellesley College is famous for the fans, 13.1 miles, my high school fields, and the apartment my parents lived between selling their house and moving to Boulder.
The first spring we lived there was 1998, and we parked at the high school and walked across the fields to cheer on the runners. I didn't understand why people would do that for fun, but we saw the elites, and then the first couple corrals after the elites before we headed home.
In high school, I learned about Bobbi Gibb and Katherine Switzer, and couldn't fathom why women were prevented from running marathons. I'd always been active, and my parents encouraged me to be in sports as much as I wanted. My uterus was supposed to have fallen out beyond running beyond a mile? WTF??? I started learning the history of the marathon, and even though I still thought people were crazy, Marathon Monday feels so electric throughout the city and suburbs. The towns on the course are shut down since the race runs right through the middle of each. Marathon Monday is on Patriots Day, which is a holiday in Massachusetts.
The past few years I've "watched" the marathon online while I've been at work. The BAA has a live feed on their website, and this year NBC Sports is covering the race. I'll record the marathon because I'm in the chaos of financial reporting for research sponsors, and I really don't know if I'll be able to keep track of the race. If not, I'll avoid the race and wait until I'm home that day. Then two days later, I'll be watching the documentary on the marathon. Yay!
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.