Readers Roundtable: Boston Marathon 2017

It's Marathon Monday!Happy Marathon Monday! Today, let’s dish about all things Boston. We’re celebrating Hops’ awesome performance at the BAA 5k and gearing up to cheer for Pesto, Olive, Dill, Fennel, Wintergreen, and Des, of course. And we want to hear from you, no matter who you are!

Are You Racing Today?

Are you reading this waiting to start in Hopkinton? What are your goals today? What’s your number? We’ll track and cheer for you!

or Tracking Besties?

Are you pretending to work while tracking your buddies running today? Who are they and what are you hoping for them?

or Betting on the Winners?

Think Des has a shot? Will Jordan come out and stun in her first marathon? Is Galen healthy enough to mix it up with the leaders? How will Meb sing his swan song?

or Hope to Get There Someday?

Are you hoping to make it to Boston? How hard have you tried? What would it mean to you to make it?

Whoever you are, tell us how you feel about Boston!

โ™ฆAnd join us tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific on Twitter for a very special Boston Marathon edition of #SaltyChat! We’ll rehash the race and give our favorite BQ tips and more!โ™ฆ

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Sorry, just now got to the roundtable because I was too busy tracking! I think I had about 16 people on my watch list today, plus the elite fields. I ran Boston in 2008 and 2009, and went to school there 2003-2004, so I love the city, the race, the atmosphere … it’s like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. I feel for everyone who battled some not-ideal conditions today โ€” similar to what I had for my spring race last year and I did not like it one bit.

    So proud of everyone!

  2. How about Des Linden’s tweet post-race? So many people so late to the game on being a fan of hers – class act!

      1. I had read the quotes, but not seen the footage. She just seems like good people, and running at its best. I hope she has some good bourbon stored up!

  3. I just straight up took the day off…this is probably more acceptable if you’re actually in Massachusetts! I realised that concentrating on work was just not going to happen today, and it’s a bit of a lull period at work anyway.

    I was rooting for Des. *sigh* She is a class act. I want to give her a hug and pour her a drink.

    I’ve enjoyed the Marathon Monday atmosphere here in Boston for three years now; the race really brings out some of the best in the city. Even people who don’t ever want to run a marathon enjoy just hanging out along the course and cheering. And day drinking, ahem! As a runner, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. While I’d love to run it someday, and while it would totally make logistical and financial sense for me to run it while I actually LIVE here, I have a muuuuch longer way to go to qualify than some others, and putting in that amount of work is not a huge priority for me right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll see after my next marathon in October how distant or realistic that goal actually is.

  4. I ran yesterday. Last year in Boston I had an epic mental breakdown and spiraled into a tornado of negativity. This year my goals were primarily to turn that around and develop some mental toughness. Mission accomplished! Despite the heat (79 in Natick)… I managed to run almost even splits even through the hills, smile and enjoy every minute. Probably because I threw out my usual “PR or die” mentality and just decided to do the best I could. I came in 3 minutes slower than my BQ time, third fastest marathon (out of 9) and second fastest Boston. So, I couldn’t be happier and I can’t freaking wait to do a fall marathon on a reasonable course with cooler weather!