The 2018 Boston Marathon is now in the books and this year was nothing shy of a spectacle to watch. From the first American, Desiree Linden, winning on the women’s side, to Yuki Kawauchi with a surprise win for the men. The weather also played a huge part in this years race unleashing unimaginable downpours on runners in the unseasonably colder temperatures. This race is definitely one to be remembered, so let’s break down 4 things that we can learn from the Boston Marathon.
Running in the rain sucks, even for marathoners
As much as I love running in the rain, it actually sucks. With the starting temperatures being the coldest in decades (37 degrees) and absolute downpours, everyone was all-in for a soggy race. Most wore ponchos and water-resistant jackets, but that didn’t help with the blustery headwinds. One thing to watch out for was the risk of hypothermia, which some runners had to drop out or seek medical attention. This was one of the slowest race finishes in Boston’s history.
Always empty the tank before racing
Running with the elites puts you in the spotlight for the Boston Marathon. So when elite athlete Shalane Flanagan stopped for a bathroom break mid race, everyone knew it. Even though this was a short break, it probably could have been avoided. This may not have effected her placement due to the weather (she took 7th) but it’s something that I think all of us can relate to. When you got to go, you got to go. Just make sure you go before the race if you can.
Runners care for their teammates
There’s always a sense of camaraderie with runners, especially when you’re on the same team. When Flanagan made her pit stop, Desiree Linden slowed down to help her get back to the front pack. Sacrificing placement is a bold move for most athletes, but I’ve seen this happen time and time again. Runners helping out others in need. In the end Desiree ended up winning, so it didn’t seem to affect her that much. The fact that she slowed down, helped her teammate get back into position, then win still astounds me. Hats off to Desiree Linden!
You can still compete without competing
2014 Boston marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, now a retired racer, ran in honor of Martin Richard (8 years old) who was killed during the Boston bombings several years ago. Meb has been known to the running community as a legendary marathoner and for him to come back into the spotlight to support the charity group MR8 is a big deal. He wasn’t running the marathon to compete, but instead running it to honor Martin.