I have no clue how it is already Friday!!

It feels like I blinked after packing my suitcase for the Boston Marathon and now I’m back home. Whirlwind would probably be an appropriate word. When I headed to Boston Friday morning it felt like I had a really long weekend to spend in Boston, Tuesday morning came quicker than expected!

I ran Boston Marathon this year as a member of the Hyland’s Team. They were extremely generous the entire weekend and had gotten all the team members entries in to the sold out B.A.A. 5K. I had never participated in this race prior to this year so I was looking forward to seeing what it was all about.

I had a great time, but I’m not sure that I would participate in it again as a runner. I’d prefer to spectate this race. For starters it is CROWDED. The elite race is also very exciting and you completely miss that if you run. If I make it back to Boston again I’d rather cheer on friends and do a shake out jog on my own!

I will say however that the shirt is legit and the medal was cool. I had a great time, so I’m not complaining just giving you something to think about if you are debating on participating in this race. So if you don’t mind crowds, want a shirt and or a medal, have never run Boston and want to run through the official finish line – then it’s a fun race. If that doesn’t sound like you – I’d spectate.

I believe there were about 10,000 runners, which may make it one of the largest 5K’s I’ve ever participated in. My plan was to race the 5K since I wasn’t planning on racing the marathon. When we lined up in the corrals after spending over 20 minutes in line for a bathroom, it was clear there was going to be no racing. If I had wanted to race I should have put myself in the front and not lined up in what I thought was the appropriate corral. Un-enforced corrals make me a little batty because from the start of the race there were people in front of me walking. I’m all for walking {I did a TON of walking on Monday and there is zero shame in my game} – you do your thing, I’ll do mine – but it’s rude IMO to line up in a faster corral if you plan on walking the entire race.

Soooooo racing went out the window and it turned in to a nice little fun run with my mom and our friend Anna. I stopped to take a couple of pictures along the way {I really wanted to document the entire weekend JUST in case it was my last Boston Marathon}.

Garmin stats below

{also of note…..I’m giving up on my Garmin with the wrist heart rate monitor. I know how I felt in that race and my heart rate was NOT that high}

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts BAA 5K 2017 2

 

Pictures below are from the race!

Tell me – have you run the B.A.A. 5K before? Would you agree it’s extra crowded? Would you run it again?B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

B.A.A. 5K At The Boston Marathon Pictures via @mileposts

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