On Monday, October 11, I will wear bib number 215 as I set out from Hopkinton to truly race the Boston Marathon for the first time. I’ve run the race six times before, including my best time on the course in 2015 when Christine Houde guided me across the finish in 3:50:37. Last year, after the most intensive training I’ve ever undertaken, I managed it in 3:25 but that was virtual.
Now, Brandyn Naro will guide me with a soft tether as required by the para athletic rules governing this first ever opportunity for me to compete in a division with my peers. Most will be younger than me, some considerably so and several have faster marathon finishes than me. I have trained wisely and well thanks in large part to some excellent support from a variety of sources. Now I’m (mostly) ready and very much eager to put this all to the test.
Our charity metaphorically combines aspects of my hiking and running as we encourage all of us to reach for our peak potential while finding the endurance and resiliency to go the distance necessary to achieve our successes. I’ll be living that mindset as I race along the historic race in this unique opportunity. I welcome you to consider supporting our charitable mission and to follow me on race day.
Peter and Christine Houde are the husband and wife duo who guided me to my fastest time on the Boston course. They have since celebrated the arrival of their third child and love to remind me we still hold that time record together. So many factors have changed many of my Boston Marathon experiences as such races can do to any of us. I intend to be ahead of that time by a fair bit if all goes well this year and just maybe to challenge for one of those stretch goals of earning a chance to stand on a podium at one of the most iconic marathons in the world.