Well folks, I’m back in Colorado. Sorry I haven’t updated you sooner….it turned out to be a kind of bummer weekend.
As you may have heard by now, the temperatures in Boston got up to a scorching 88 degrees on Monday. It honestly doesn’t sound that bad..unless you’re running a marathon. They say to dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than it actually is so this race would have felt like 108 degrees…that’s pretty warm.
We got to Boston Friday night (obviously) with the intention of running the race. The plane was full of runner’s and our hotel was packed with them as well. All it did was make me more and more excited for Monday. That being said, the chatter on the plane was all about the weather. At that point, the weather was already predicted to be in the 80’s. I still assumed I could power through…
Saturday, we went by the Fitness Expo and picked up my race packet and bib. I love those expo’s because they pump you up so much!
That feeling of excitement came to a half later in the day when I got an email from the Boston Athletic Association regarding the high temps predicted for Monday’s race.
Now I was becoming concerned.
I don’t consider pregnancy to be a medical “condition”…but it is, let’s be honest. The one thing my doctor advised me on about running these distances was staying hydrated, keeping my heart rate down, and making sure my core temperature didn’t get too high. Running for 5 hours in the middle of the day at 90 degree temps would make keeping those things in check very difficult. (By the way Boston starts at 10:30 in the morning…why? That means I’d be running at 12, 1, 2, in the afternoon…).
So, I checked out Boston’s site and went back to the expo to talk to someone about it. They decided to allow people to defer to next year if they didn’t feel safe running this year. Deferment is usually not an option, so I did feel relieved they were letting us do that.
I thought about it all Saturday and Sunday and decided that deferring was the best choice for me.
I just felt like I didn’t have any other choice really. They were warning us on the heat and discouraging us to run and giving us the option for next year. I wanted to run it so bad, but I knew I had to make this decision for not only me, but our baby who trusts me to keep him or her safe.
This was seriously so hard. It’s hard even typing this not to get tears in my eyes. I was looking forward to this race for so long and the fact that it’s over and I’ve come back empty handed is so disappointing. That being said, I know I did what was right for our baby and my body. I also know that next year will be equally as amazing as this year. It’s just hard right now…but it’ll get better.
My mom already said she plans on buying us a running stroller…so who knows, maybe next year in Boston I can beat my current person record? 🙂 I had all these visions this year of taking pictures with my medal on my belly….but now I’ll have to think of holding up our little nugget and placing the medal around his or her neck…that would make for a pretty cute picture too :).
Anyway, that’s my story. Definitely a hard weekend….but at least I know our baby is safe.
This was actually the first time I’ve ever watched a race…isn’t that funny? I’ve ran some but never watched. We got to see the elite runner’s run by and man, they were lookin’ pretty tired! In their defense it was close to the finish and it was 80 something degrees….oh and they run like, a 6 minute mile. It still blows my mind how fast they can run.
By the way, CONGRATS to all the runner’s who finished or even tried. It was pretty damn hot outside-you are amazing.
Thank you guys for your support throughout all my crazy training and attempts to run the Boston Marathon 5 months pregnant..sounds crazy when I say it out loud..? 🙂
Have you ever had to drop out of a race?