It’s hard for me to believe, but I’m less than 13 hours away from standing in the starting corral at the Boston Marathon.
The weekend has gone by in a blur, and the overwhelming feeling I’ve taken away from the days leading up to Marathon Monday is that this really is something special. Walking through the streets and just hearing people talk about all the famous parts of the race — the craziness of the start at Hopkinton, the screaming Wellesley girls near the halfway mark, Heartbreak Hill, and the finish in downtown Boston — just makes you realize how much history, tradition, and prestige are wrapped up in this greatest race in the world. (And how fortunate you are to get the chance to be a part of it, even if just one time.)
With the new qualifying standards, there’s a good chance this is it for me. All that work, to get to run this 26.2 mile stretch once. And that’s why I’m going to do everything I can to soak up every last bit of magic from this day as I can.
As if the weekend couldn’t get any better — and surreal — I found out last-minute that Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run, was holding a “Naked Run” for barefooters and anyone else in Boston on Saturday. And guess who “anyone else” included? None other than Scott Jurek, ultrarunning god and, as you probably know, vegan. So I got to run alongside Chris and Scott for a little while, which was just about as cool a pair as I could imagine running with.
Though some did bare all, I didn’t go naked (barefoot). I wore my Brooks Green Silence, to at least maintain some semblance of street cred among all these barefooters, but I think I’m going to try out a new pair of New Balance Baddeley 890’s for the marathon.
So that’s it… tomorrow’s the big day. Until I get a chance to check in again, I’ve got a bunch of great stuff for you. Read and be inspired to do something kickass.
How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon — No Meat Athlete
Yep, this one’s from me, but come on, give me a pass today. Here are the most important steps I took to take 103 minutes off of my marathon time and get into Boston.
Do Something. Do Anything. — Nerd Fitness
Good stuff from Steve Kamb, in line with my recent “Just start” obsession.
That’s not really the title; the truth is this article is in Italian and so is the headline. But this is the caption of the infographic, which is entirely in English. Maybe the point here is to discourage vegans — someone who speaks Italian will have to let me know — but I actually felt the opposite in realizing that perfection is impossible.
Simple Ways to Be More With Less — Be More With Less
Courtney Carver’s new ebook. It’s sort of about minimalism, much more about simplicity. I read it in one night and woke up the next day feeling more inspired than I had been in a long time. Not an affiliate link, just something I love and I think you will too.
How to Be Vegetarian and Not Gnaw Your Arm Off — Healthy Tipping Point
A good one to read if you’re veg-curious but worrying about being hungry all the time. I totally agree with what Caitlin says about faux meats, protein, and eating fat at each meal.
You Know that Shit You Hate? — Advanced Riskology
One of my favorite posts from my friend Tyler, because I’ve only recently really begun to understand what a terrible waste it is to spend time on anything you hate. Read this one if you find yourself doing that.
Discover Why Intermittent Fasting is the Secret Gateway to Superior Health — Ridiculously Extraordinary
Okay, the headline oversells it a bit, and I can’t say I’m on board quite yet. But a lot of people I trust are behind this idea of periodic fasting, and I’m intrigued. Given the difficulty of my first few experiences with a juice fast, it’ll be a while before I try it again, but I will say the challenge of depriving oneself of food for just a little while is something I’m not finished with. After all, I think the challenge of being vegan is a small part of why I find this lifestyle appealing.
Alright, that’s all for today. The next time I talk to you, assuming all goes well, I’ll be a Boston Marathon finisher! Thanks for being with me on this journey.
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