To sum it up: A Stunning Success.
On Sunday, eight of us headed into downtown Boston to compete in the fourth annual B.A.A. 5k race, which had us wind our way around Boston Commons and into the Back Bay neighborhood before doubling back to finish strong at the Boston Marathon finish line. Though it wasn't the marathon, it felt nothing less than epic to sprint to the finish line with a grand stand full of people cheering.
For me, the weekend started with an almost eight-hour trip east, broken up by a nice visit with my parents and some old family friends. It was a low-key way to start building up for the action-packed weekend that was about to unfold. Saturday morning we drove into Boston, met up with the rest of the family, and eventually found our way down to the race registration and convention. I was simply blown away by the number of people and the number of vendors selling everything from sparkling, no-slip headbands to gel energy snacks. It made me realize that this wasn't just a 5k fun run at a small local college in Buffalo. This was for real.
Sunday morning we had to get up pretty early and had to be out the door before 7:00 a.m. to get down to the start line on time. We met up with Mike, Mark, Emily, and Adrienne with hardly any time to spare, and we ended up being hustled across to the start line just in the nick of time. We lined up at the 4- to 5-min pace time slot . . . which was pretty amusing considering none of us could run at that pace, but hey, none of the people around us looked like they could either! After an interesting rendition of the National Anthem, we were off. I think we were all a little surprised at how quickly we crossed the start line, and off we went. Dave went off with Mark for the first bit, and Mike, myself, and Susan ran together, pushing are way through.