This afternoon I hit the streets of Boston with 8,000 other women (and a handful of men) to run the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women. I heard about this race last week and knowing nothing about it, signed up to run. Apparently this race is a big deal. As in, it is the USATF Women’s National 10k Championship race. So that’s why those runners up at the front looked so hardcore. Because they are. I started about 15 feet behind the elite runners and finished about 15 minutes behind them. I’m not sure how that happened. I must have taken a wrong turn or something and that’s when they got away from me.
That’s me in the orange, waving to my husband, the cameraman. The day was beautiful and the course was too, running through Back Bay and along the Charles River in Cambridge.
There is a pack trying to catch her. But they won’t. Hellen Jemutai, 34, of Kenya will win the race in 32:30. So much for the 30-34 age group I now find myself in being less competitive than my previous age group.
I used to look just like these girls about 12 years ago. Seriously. Bundies and all. Except I never moved quite that fast.
I missed seeing my time as I crossed the finish line, because I got distracted by Joan Benoit Samuelson standing there being interviewed. At 25 years my senior, she not only finished ahead of me, but she finished so far ahead of me that she was able to speak coherently in an interview by the time I finished. Awesome. Maybe when she’s 80 I’ll be able to run with her.
I looked up my time when I got home. 46:08. Not too shabby. Definitely a better Boston running experience than the hellish 2004 Boston Marathon. Reduce the temperature by 30 degrees and the distance by 20 miles and that’s what a run through Boston should be.