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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Comments

  1. I have never run that race, though I’ve thought about it. Your pictures make it feel like I just lived that experience vicariously! Reading about how crowded it was is enough to make me decide that I’d much rather just spectate as well. Glad you had a good time and the medal is awesome.

  2. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Brings me back to running the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon. I’ve only done one half since because I’m busy being Daddy to my 18-month-old, but I look forward to training for a full again soon.

  3. I think it’s great how you turned this into a fun thing and didn’t get demoralized when the competitive side didn’t work out. Way to go!

  4. These all pictures are great thank you so much for share your experience with us

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