I have never run a 4:48 mile in my life. I think I'm doing well if I run half a mile in 4:48. I can't even imagine running a 4:48 pace for 26.2 miles. But that is exactly what Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya did today when he crossed the line first in 2:05:52. Unbelievable! Ryan Hall (my fav) came in 5th with a time of 2:08:41. To give some context....Hall's time was the same as my 12 mile run last week. Hall's finish was the fastest by an American since 1994. In 1994, I was a sophomore in high school and doing everything in my power to find excuses NOT to run.
On the women's side, Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia finished in 2:26:11 (5:35/mile pace!!) The top American was Paige Higgins who came in 13th, about 10 seconds after the leader.
My dad stopped by to take Jaden golfing as I was getting ready for work. He thought it was a little weird that I was sitting at the computer hitting 'refresh' every few seconds to stay up to date on the race. I told him that if he ever wanted to get me a really kick-ass birthday present, that he could send me to Boston to watch the race. That is certainly the only way that I will ever get there. I'm pretty confident that I will never be able to throw down a 3:45 marathon to qualify. In fact, if I were to somehow be able to maintain the same pace from my 12 mile run last week, I would finish a marathon in just under 4 1/2 hours. And I would be THRILLED with that. (I don't think it will happen.)
Congrats to everyone who ran this year's Boston marathon. You are an inspiration!