Gillette’s finish line is just the start of the next race
Editors’ note: The next few days, we’ll be profiling some of the locals who ran the Boston Marathon last month.BOSTON – Spread out across the finish line of the Boston Marathon are people celebrating and catching a moment of rest.Vail’s Tracy Gillette was one of those runners in last month’s 111th Boston Marathon. But while Gillette’s legs may not have been moving, her mind was.”The second I cross the finish line, I’m planning the next one,” Gillette said.Gillette, 35, completed her 17th marathon in April, crossing the line in Boston at 3 hours, 43 minutes and 49 seconds.”At 26, I ran my first one,” Gillette said. “Although there was a period of three years where I didn’t do any because of my two kids (being born). One year I did four, just trying to qualify, and just missing by minutes. It was killing me. I thought I had to just keep doing it.”
This year, Gillette probably doesn’t need to run quite as many – she prequalified for next year’s Boston – but that’s not stopping her. Gillette is slated to run the Denver’s Colfax Marathon next weekend.”I wont be able to walk when I’m 50,” Gillette said.Regardless of how her body feels when she gets to be 50, Gillette will be having a great time getting there.”I always loved running recreationally,” Gillette said. “And I always loved running (marathons) just for running them.”Running has become woven into the fabric of Gillette’s life.”When I don’t run, I get cranky – it’s such a good release,” she said.
Miles at a mileGillette tries to run five or six days a week and log about 50 miles.”I joined a running group in Denver. I’ve exhausted all my friends up here,” she joked. “I go there to change it up a bit – that’s been fun.”Even though Gillette has been looking to train more efficiently, and log a few less miles, she wasn’t able to do that for the Boston.”This training time, I’ve done a lot more miles because I went to Denver,” she said. “Everyone was running longer than I wanted to, but it’s the camaraderie.”In addition to her personal enjoyment of the sport, marathons are also a great way for Gillette to keep up with good friends from high school. Gillette arrived in Boston a few days early, and hung out with her friends, who she meets up with at other marathons.One person Gillette doesn’t expect to see at the marathons is her husband.
“He refuses to go,” Gillette said. “He came to my first one, and he’s not a runner and ended up running the whole thing with me. He’s too competitive to stop. He said, he’ll never go to one again for fear that he’d be stupid enough to run again.”By running in the Boston last year, Gillette accomplished one of her goals. And this year, even through the bad weather in Boston, she was able to run fast enough to get on the start list for next year’s race.”I never thought I’d be able to prequalified for Boston in Boston,” she said.And the women who loves running also got a nice little boost, moving up an age category.”My biggest birthday present was turning 35 – I get an extra five minutes (to qualify).” Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.