Today is one of those days where I will be constantly checking my laptop.
It is the 113th running of the Boston Marathon and one of my best friends will making her debut.
I was going to be in Boston to cheer her on and help her soak up the experience but life and circumstances got in the way. So instead, I'm in Buffalo sending her as much karmic positive energy as I can.
My friend Amy and I have known each other since kindergarten. In high school, she was on the swim team and for a brief time on the track team. We stayed in contact through college and as she got married, moved to Texas and started her family.
She was a recreational runner for years and then decided to train for a marathon with the goal of qualifying for Boston.
There are 25,000 people who run the Boston Marathon all of whom need to qualify to enter at a certified race. Amy had to run a marathon in under 3 hours and 45 minutes to make it into the field and quite simply, I am so proud of her. I have been thinking of her during my longer runs the past two weeks, while she was enjoying her taper and I was amping up for my inaugural marathon effort. Over the years our friendship has had several key talking points -- our love of Canadian bands, our affection for Matthew Broderick movies, our similiar political interests -- and now we've added training and racing to our friendship repetoire.
Sometimes when you make a change in your life you don't just get new friends out of the deal. You get to enhance relationships which were already there.
Last time I talked with Amy, her goal was to enjoy the day. The hard work was in getting to Boston. This is an experience she wants to enjoy and savor, not necessarily race through. The race was what she had to do in order to get here.
Her attitude reminds me that race day is supposed to be fun. It's the reward for the training. Practice is supposed to be harder than the games. And the more you let go of outcome based thinking, the easier it is to actually end up with the outcomes you want. A bit ironic for a Monday morning, I know, but food for thought for the week.
For those interested in the elite runners at Boston, The Science of Sport Blog breaks down their winners for today's race.
Meanwhile, if you have family or friends you want to track, the official Boston Marathon website has an athlete tracker feature.
You can be sure I'll be checking in multiple times today.