Vail Valley running: Boston Marathon-bound |

Vail Valley running: Boston Marathon-bound

Greg Decent
Vail, CO Colorado

As I finish packing and focus on staying off my feet, the butterflies in my stomach begin to flutter.

Despite having completed in 11 previous marathons, I always get nervous as race day nears. The culmination of months of training will begin to set in as I board the airplane and head for Boston.

Monday is marathon day for the 115th Boston Marathon. Of all the marathons I have completed, Boston remains my favorite. As I reflect over the last couple of months, I review my training log and reinforce to myself all the countless miles and tough workouts I have completed. I have altered my training by incorporating more strength and time focused on running track workouts, so I’m a little nervous about my performance this year.

My friends would describe me as a person who hates change. The seemingly endless miles in frigid snowstorms and gusty winds does make training for a spring marathon tough when living in the Vail Valley; however, I would not want to train anywhere else. I truly love running here and want to thank everyone for their support and kind words of, “Good luck”.

The Boston Marathon is the premier running event in the world and the race that every runner strives to join. The tough qualifying standards have only increased the popularity of this race as more and more runners desire a qualifying time to run at Boston.

Upon arriving in Boston, you can immediately feel the electric nature surrounding the marathon. The banners flying proudly on light poles, frantic runners gobbling up bagels and palpable nervousness add to the excitement. Boston has always been run on a Monday, Patriots Day, which is a recognized Boston holiday that celebrates the Independence from the British.

These 17th Century roots are continually still alive in Boston. As I make my way from the airport to the hotel, I cannot help but notice the statues of Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. Bostonians are a people who are extremely proud of their heritage and they embrace marathon Monday.

As a runner who has ran in other big cities, I have never experienced anything like Boston fans. Bostonians make each and every runner feel special. From the cashier at Dunkin Donuts to the toll booth person at the subway, and the ear-piercing cheers of the Wesley girls, all Bostonians know how hard you have worked to run in their race and want you to have a memorable experience.

For all those runners joining me this Monday, good luck. To all those runners still waiting to join our ranks, keep training. The pain of Heartbreak Hill is worth it.

Greg Decent writes a weekly running column for the Vail Daily.

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