There is SO MUCH stuff that happened for me this past weekend that I think it will take a 2-3 posts to hash it all out.
This was one amazing weekend. From race pickup to race day-I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
On Saturday, very bright and early, I picked up my Wifey. She was my date for my celebration parties for “Marathon Saturday”(that is what I call it)
We had two parties to be at: the first, for my small team called the Kids At Heart team. The second, For the Boston Children’s Hospital team. (My KAH Team is a subset of BCH).
I was very excited to see my little patient partner Everett.
His mom Michele, and his little sis Heather came along for the fun ❤️
We had a great time celebrating the accomplishments if the past year. There was not a dry eye in the house as we discussed how lucky and blessed we all are to be alive after what happened last year.
By now you have all probably heard about the two firefighters from Boston who lost their lives recently in a 9 alarm fire. These firemen happen to be very very special to my teammates and I : every marathon Monday, the families and patient partners would wait inside their firehouse of Engine 15/33 while they waited for their runners to get to them.
This firehouse is on the corner of Boylston street, so one of my favorite sights of all time is rounding that corner and seeing my little buddy waiting for me…this is about 1/2 a mile from the finish line. Each runner picks up their patient partner and we run to the finish together-showing that we really are a team: I’m the legs and my patient partner is the motivation.
The firemen provided a safe, sheltered environment for the families. They allowed our team free reign of the fire station-for kids who have a lot of extra needs-this was perfect. If the weather was super cold/rainy-the kids could easily stay warm/dry inside.
For the first time since the tradition had begun (I believe it has been 10-11 years), we weren’t allowed to be at the fire station. The city was on high alert and all extra measures were taken. This obviously threw a monkey wrench into our plans: where would our team wait? How would we cross the finish line with our kids?
We ended up choosing to keep the patient partners and their families at a secure location not on the marathon course. We all were saddened but completely understood the need for extra security.
On Saturday during our first party, we made it a point to pay our respects to the fallen firefighters who have taken such great care of our kids for so many years. The firehouse was shut down by the city in order for us to pay tribute.
The city was absolutely incredible on Saturday… Beautiful weather and a light breeze.. Perfect! Marathoners in their jackets were everywhere and the city was lit up with the energy. Every store had a sign saying “BostonStrong” or “We Run as One” ..so very inspiring.
Since our kids weren’t going to be there at the finish line- we wanted to take a moment and snap some pictures of us crossing over it together. They opened up the finish line and we had our own private moment:
The 2014 Kids At Heart marathon team!
Everett and I!
Heather and Everett at the finish
And my Wifey took a cool picture of me as I walked across the finish line.
At the second party, for Boston Children’s, we had an amazing meal, and listened to some incredible real life stories from some of the runners who are running because their child has benefited from Children’s.
The main speaker was MEB!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!! I MET MEB!!!!!!!!!!
He gave a great speech that I thought a lot about while I was running on Monday. He said that a lot of people had counted him out as a winner in the marathon game because of his age (38) but he never gave . He proved he was a champ when he won the NYC Marathon. His determination to win the Boston Marathon this year was clear: he wanted to win it for America, and for Boston to show that we are STRONG.
The picture below was our huge team with MEB!!!!!
I’ll be back with more tomorrow!!