It’s not a race, it’s an experience

by Joanne on April 15, 2012

Update from the BAA, as of 4:30 pm Sunday:

Update to Entrants in Tomorrow’s Boston Marathon®

Sunday, April 15, 2012 as of 4:30 p.m.

Running any marathon involves risks

  • The weather conditions that we will be seeing on Monday, April 16 will involve even more risk. It will involve an increased element of risk to all participants due to the heat. Only the fittest runners should consider participating.
  • We have put in place a broad array of services and support for our marathon participants, but the risks that will be presented on April 16 will be higher than normal.
  • Therefore, in cooperation with the Boston Marathon’s Medical Team, it is our recommendation that anyone entered in the marathon who has not met the qualifying standards for their age and gender strongly consider not running, and that they strongly consider deferring until next year.
  • Another essential factor to take into consideration is whether you have ever run a full marathon in weather conditions involving hot temperatures-and that can mean temperatures even lower than those that may be present on Monday. Do NOT assume that any experience you have in running a cooler marathon will be a reliable guide in making the decision in whether to participate or defer. You must factor in the heat.
  • Everyone who does choose to participate should strongly consider running significantly more slowly that they normally would plan to run a marathon. We have extended the opening of our finish line in support of this recommendation.
  • For the overwhelming majority of those who have entered to participate in the 2012 Boston Marathon, you should adopt the attitude that THIS IS NOT A RACE. It is an experience.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY-everyone needs to take responsibility for their own safety. Ultimately this is an individual sport in which individuals must take responsibility for themselves.

Boston Athletic Association

There it is. That’s my goal for this 2012 Boston Marathon. Take in the experience and not run a race. 

I’ve dropped all thoughts of time goals.  I just want to cross the finish line and enjoy Monday night out in Boston.  My new plan:  Stop at all water stops, drink and “dump”.  That is, take in some water and/or Gatorade, then dump water down my neck and back.  Run at an easy pace, jog, walk when I feel the heat.  I’ll be taking Endurolyte tablets and looking for popsicles along the route.  Things I’ve never done, never HAD to do in training will be done in this run on Monday. 

I like to run. I like the challenge of the marathon but I’m not stupid and I want to run another marathon.  I want to try and surpass my previous efforts, but It won’t be on April 16th.

Wish us all luck.  It’s going to be interesting.

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7 Comments

  • At 2012.04.15 22:24, feener said:

    smart lady !! enjoy the wonderful experience !!!

    • At 2012.04.15 23:44, Nelly said:

      Good luck on the race, run smart!

      • At 2012.04.16 13:09, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

        I’m tracking you right now Joanne – you’ve just passed the halfway point and times are looking fantastic!

        Way to go – can’t wait to hear all about it. Hoping the weather is cooperating for you!!

        • At 2012.04.17 12:27, Heather said:

          OMG, can’t wait to hear all about it!

          • At 2012.04.17 14:28, Cucina49 said:

            I heard about this on NPR yesterday morning–not great conditions, so hope it went well for you!

            • At 2012.04.17 14:34, Dana at Cooking at Cafe D said:

              Can’t wait to hear!

              • At 2012.04.17 18:45, Amy said:

                Good luck on the race, I’ve been on a marathon in Barcelona last month, and it was such a great experience! I’ve run it in 4 hours and 23 minutes! My best time ever!

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