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Marathon Monday

15 Apr

Marathon Monday. It’s a holiday the rest of the country doesn’t celebrate. In fact, it’s a holiday the rest of the state doesn’t celebrate (they call it Patriot’s Day), but here in Boston we, or at least most of us, get the day off from work. This is the day the Boston Marathon comes to town and the city is literally overrun with people sporting blue jackets- and later tinfoil capes.

I’ve never run the Boston Marathon (which you probably already guessed if you read this post), but I know many people who have and to them I say thank you. Thank you for giving me a reason for a three-day weekend.

My dad is actually one of those people who has run the marathon. He did it first as a bandit runner. This means that he just jumped in at the starting line and hoped he wasn’t picked off by the marathon officials by the time he reached the end (he is a cop- they think they can get away with these things…and they usually do). The second time he ran he did it legitimately and raised money for his favorite charity. He finished both times. Yay Dad!

If you don’t run the marathon, but still want to participate in the festivities, there are a couple of options for you. Many people go to the Red Sox game that day. Fenway is only a short walk from the runners’ path and it is good timing to go to the day game and then watch the final runners finish. I’ve done this a couple of times. My boyfriend is going this year. His work gave him the day off, but then mandated everyone go to the game. Day off = forced coworker time. Go figure.

Last year was so hot that runners were able to defer their entries. I was hot walking from the train to my friend’s party across the park, so I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles in that heat. Overachievers.

I have not decided yet what I am going to do today. Depending on the weather, I might venture into the city with friends to watch people exert themselves while I drink a beer or two. Otherwise, I might just enjoy being in a part of the city that is calm and empty for once. Either way, I won’t be sitting at my cubicle. And for that, I thank marathon runners everywhere!

Happy Patriot’s Day Marathon Monday!

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Update: Everyone I know who was attending or running in the marathon is safe. Thoughts and prayers to those impacted by this sad event.

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