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It’s hard to do the Boston Marathon.
After 123 years, the race itself now seems inextricably bound up in an aura of athletic excellence, reaching near-mythic status. Just to say “Boston Marathon” (or even just “Boston”) is to invoke a goal or an accomplishment of seemingly impossible caliber. But if you have your sights set on Boston, as I did, then this is exactly what you are trying to do: become part of one of the most famous and grueling athletic pursuits accessible to non-elites and non-Olympians.
But, again, the Boston Athletic Association, which runs the race, doesn’t make it easy. It’s hard to qualify; hard to get to; and, of course, hard to race. (As I’ve said elsewhere: Marathons are hard.) In the lead-up to and on April 15, 2019, the day of my first Boston Marathon, I experienced all three dimensions of the race’s difficulty.
In the end, I ran a 2:35:48 there, placing 226th overall. And if you want to know in granular detail what the whole experience was like, then you can read the 7,000-word (!) account I posted at my personal blog here. (There are also pictures.)
Or, if you don’t feel like reading that many words, listen to the last 25 minutes or so of the second most recent episode of this episode of the Remnant with Jonah Goldberg. Either way, I hope my account successfully conveys what the experience of running the Boston Marathon is like.Published in