Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or you’re not much of a runner, you know that the 2017 Boston Marathon took place on Monday.
Marathon Monday is a bit of a holiday in my world, so to say I was looking forward to the day would be a bit of an understatement.
I hadn’t thought of doing much of a Boston Marathon themed episode this year (shocking, I know!) until I received an email from the Queen Salty herself, Laura Pizmoht, late last week.
She floated the idea of doing a Boston Marathon recap episode, and I jumped at the idea.
And voila, a Boston-themed episode of the show was born!
An Interview with Desiree Linden
Before we got into the nuts and bolts of Boston 2017, we spent some time talking about Des Linden.
Laura sat down with Des a few weeks before Boston for a great interview which was posted on Salty Running recently.
Seriously, it’s worth the time to click over to Salty Running and read the interview.
Laura and I touched on a few of the highlights of the interview with Des during our chat, but we also talked a bit more about some of the differences (mostly perceived) between Des and some of the other elites of our sport.
I hope you enjoyed this portion of the chat, even though it wasn’t specifically about Boston.
The conversation inevitably turned to this year’s Boston marathon.
We talked a bit about Des’s race, and her willingness to take a risk by pushing the pace early in an attempt to win.
While it is easy to sit back and say that by being so aggressive early she may have cost herself the race, Laura made the very astute observation that is he had simply sat back and run the “typical Desi Linden race” we’d probably still be talking about her finishing somewhere 3-6.
And I think there is a lesson in there for us mortals as well; it’s ok to take a risk on race day. Sure, it might not go as planned, but if it does something almost unbelievable can happen.
Don’t believe me? Need I remind you of Meb’s “calculated risk” in 2014?
If you want to do something special, sometimes a big risk is required.
Lasting Impression of Boston 2017
Instead of closing the chat with a philosophical question for Laura, we wrapped this episode up by sharing our lasting impressions of the 2017 Boston marathon.
But you’ll have to listen to find out what stood out to both Laura and me!
If you haven’t done so already, make sure you’re connected with Laura on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook. And for the love of all things holy, check out the wealth of knowledge and information that is available daily on SaltyRunning.com!
What is Your Lasting Impression of the 2017 Boston Marathon? Let Me Know in the Comments Below!
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