Boston 2013, here I come!
Well, what will be will be. It's called passion when you sign on for Boston Marathon. But it takes a certain insanity to actually take the plunge and go on that journey. And to do it the second time round? It's beyond insanity, it's moronic.
But I am all of the above. This is after all, Boston. Not just any other marathon. It is the ultimate, world renown, longest standing tradition, Top 5 marathon of all marathons. And if that's not enough, it requires a qualifying time to even register for a place. To BQ is quite a big deal actually.
I know of a few Malaysians who BQ'ed. But having the means to go all the way there to race is quite another thing. Flight alone would set you back 5K. And I am not even going to start with the long flights and transits. To the sensible minded ones, other choices like Tokyo or Hong Kong would be more appealing. But I do not belong to that group of people, remember?
One good thing about doing it twice is that hopefully, with the advantage of the previous experience, one would be a bit wiser the second time round. From the issue of hotel stay, eating places, what to avoid etc, down to the details about the race course, I am a bit more 'informed'. The only difference would be the weather. As far as I know, it will be in the range of sub 10 degrees Celsius. Let's pray that it will stay that way. I would look really stupid if the weather were to turn out to be exactly like last year.
Anyway, I would hope to nail this one with a better time than last year. (3:21). But there is really no telling since my fitness level has not really been great. One thing I am pretty sure about is that I won't be attempting any sub 3 this time. With a mileage of merely 75km/week, I would not even dream about tackling that monumental task. There you have it, all is well. I am at peace with myself once again.
So, au revoir Malaysia. I will venture into yet another dejavu sort of experience. Looking forward to a lobster meal. And I will definitely have to pay Harvard and MIT a visit this time.
They say that Boston is only a victory lap. Let's just throw caution to the wind, and go out there and enjoy the run. And kiss a few Wellesley girls along the way....That, I can do with ease :)