“Seeing” 26.2

Remember that “all up in my head” run the other day? Where I found myself rushing ahead to the 26.2 I’ll face on October 7? I think I figured out why the marathon looming has been freaking me out.

I can’t “see” myself running 26.2.

Part of the reason I can’t “see” myself running 26.2 yet is because I have never faced down a full marathon before.

But another reason?
…I’ve never even seen a real, live marathon before. Ever.

I live in the Boston area and have never seen a marathon before. Um hi, the greatest marathon in the world takes place here every single year and I have YET to get myself to the sidelines to cheer all the Boston Marathoners on.

Blasphemy, right??

Well, that’s all about to change. I finally planned ahead and asked for Marathon Monday off from work. It works out extremely well that that week is also school vacation week which means Scott can join me on the sidelines — only fitting since he has yet to stare down 26.2 either. We’re in this together — so we may as well experience our first marathon as spectators together too, right? Plus he’s too cute to leave at home. πŸ˜‰

Even better? I get to spend some quality time with this girl on Marathon Monday *and* the day prior (slumber party, anyone??), too! She is lucky enough to be volunteering on race day and since I live closer to the city than she does, we’ll be spending Marathon “Sunday” together leading into the big race on Monday. I sure hope Scott is ready to hang with two very chatty girls all evening on Sunday. <–this is your word of warning, babe πŸ˜‰

And the icing on the cake? We’re hosting a blogger brunch the day prior as well — to get to know our fellow Boston area bloggers (and a few FitFluentials!) a little bit better. May as well take full advantage of the fab slew of bloggers heading into the city for the race, right? So if you’re either a Boston blogger too and want to join us OR are a blogger visiting Boston for the marathon as a spectator or a racer, let me know if you wanna join the fun and I’ll send you all the details on this fun little bloggy brunch. I promise it’ll be a blast. πŸ™‚

But anyway, back to the real point of this post — the whole marathon thing and my mind games issue. I think seeing a real marathon, and the Boston Marathon at that, will really help me to visualize myself toeing the starting line on October 7. Right now, it seems so surreal, so impossible, so crazy scary that I can’t even fathom it, let alone visualize it. I’m fully expecting to be bowled over by emotion while watching the Boston Marathon — ya’ll are a crazy inspiration group of people, this much I know already.

Now the big question — where’s the best spot to spectate on race day?? You’d think I’d know this beingΒ a Boston girl born and raised. But nope – fairly clueless on this one. If you’ve spectated before, can you clue me in over here please??


34 thoughts on ““Seeing” 26.2

  1. So I’m kind of jealous I can’t be there…. I think this is a great idea by the way. You’ll get to experience the excitement, see the pain on the faces, but also that utter joy from the accomplishment. This year we actually went to the LR Marathon after party and it was so awesome to see so much pride (and a lot of limping around LOL).

    • I totally wish you could hop a flight up here to see it with me. How fun would that be?! πŸ™‚

      I am really excited to take in the whole experience — I’m sure I’m going to be totally in awe the entire day. I can’t wait!

  2. I am so glad you get to do this sis!! I wish I could come 😦 But I WILL be at the blogger brunch and I WILL see you and Samantha and get to hang! Yay!

  3. Being a spectator at a marathon is an incredible experience. It’s amazing to see all the runners and their hard work and pride in what they are accomplishing. I used to just cheer and chat away with friends but after I ran my first marathon, I now scream my head off. I yell people’s names when I can and ring a cowbell. I’ve watched the Boston Marathon once and we were by Kenmore Square which was super fun but crowded. We now live practically on the NYC marathon route so when you run NYC, I’ll be out cheering!

    • Ohhhh I need to get a cowbell!! I want to be the loud excited spectator cheering them on in those last few miles where they’ll need all the support they can get. Ohh so incredible, I can’t wait to see it all!!

  4. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I’m so excited! You are going to LOVE spectating! I spectated quite a few before I ran my first, it’s incredible.

    I can’t wait to see you guys again, and I’m sure Scott can keep up with our chattiness just fine πŸ˜‰

  5. YAY you’re gonna watch!? thats awesome!!! you’ll have to let me know where you’ll be hangin out..ill look for u!!

    ill let u know on the brunch on sunday…its prob gonna be a no in all reality bc i have my parents and husband there too..but maybe i can work something out.

    btw, watching it is gonna majorly pump you up!!!

    • I’ll send you an email once I know where we’ll be. I’ll be screaming my head off if I see you race on by!! So cool!
      And definitely let me know about brunch – no biggie if you can’t make it, though selfishly I’d love to meet you!! πŸ™‚

  6. I lived in Boston for a few years…but never watched the marathon either! I remember the weather being awful and just checking it out on the news. lol.
    So I don’t know a good place to watch from, but I always did kinda like walking by the starting line and thinking about what it would be like to run in it!
    Joe missed qualifying by just a couple minutes this year, but if he does next year, I’m definitely going to watch!

    • Ohh good – I’m not the only Boston-er that has yet to experience the Boston Marathon. Phew. πŸ˜‰
      I kind of want to be near the finish line, or heartbreak hill so I can cheer everyone on when they’re needing it most, ya know? Must do some research this weekend!

      Would LOVE to watch the race next year with you *when* Joe qualifies πŸ™‚

  7. I did a marathon relay back in the fall. It was a 4-person relay and I did the first leg, so after I was done and was waiting for the rest of my team, I went to the finish line and watched the people finish. It was so exciting!

  8. Oh my gosh Lady, I am super jealous and excited for you! Get ready to get your inspiration on! I have a feeling that you are going to be so inspired that you will want to jump right into the race:-) What an awesome opportunity….take lots of pics! I want to live vicariously thru you πŸ™‚

    • I will take tons of pics I promise!! I’m really really excited to see it all play out — I have no idea what to even expect, which is kind of the best part really. πŸ™‚

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