I just wanted to take a minute and say a few things about this race - from the first day of training in December, to today, the day following the most spirited day in the city of Boston - and say thank you.
THANK YOU to all those who stood along the route for hours, cheering each and every runner on while we hit mental and physical walls. You were all so motivating and supportive throughout every step of the 26.2 miles.
THANK YOU to the armed forces, military staff, and BPD for making us all feel safe and secure the entire day, throughout every mile, and helping us get to the finish line with protection.
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who met us at every mile marker with endless Gatorade and water (and a smile and words of encouragement!), to quench our thirst and keep us all going.
THANK YOU to all of the charity runners who have busted their butts to fundraise in support of the great city of Boston, and for care and treatment that will help others less fortunate.
THANK YOU to my physical therapists who not only offered patience and care, but got me to the finish line - something that seemed impossible five short weeks ago. While not reaching my original goal, I was able to complete the course with a skip-limp (a term I’m now coining) for 16+ miles to grasp a NEW PR by 30 minutes (!!!) and also to beat Tedy Bruschi.
THANK YOU to all of my friends who cheered me on from afar and sent me awesome messages before, during, and after the race - you’re all amazing and I cant thank you enough.
THANK YOU to all of my Tumblr friends here. You guys were so incredibly supportive and motivating with your encouraging words, thoughts and wishes.
THANK YOU to Jennie (@littlejandthecity - tagging is breaking yay!) for taking the trip up to Boston for my birthday and the marathon to be the best friend I could ask for, and a really solid social media proxy. I love you so much for all I your motivation and endless support!
THANK YOU to my family for always supporting me, regardless of the level of crazy, and helping me mentally get to the finish line. Especially Dad and Cheryl - for making it in to see me cross the Boston finish line for the second time.
It was an amazing day.
It’s been an amazing journey.
We are all Boston Strong.