MARATHON MONDAY

Savage Girl Amber Ameredes, Photo courtesy of Gordon Smith

Patriots’ Day is a holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Here in Massachusetts, it is a day when the kids are home. I asked my kids if they knew what this holiday was all about and thankfully my 8 year old knew! (love that school they go to!)
What is really cool here is Massachusetts is that re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. In the morning, a mounted re-enactor with State Police escort retraces Paul Revere’s ride, calling out warnings the whole way.

The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day every year so many Bostonians know the holiday as “Marathon Monday”. The Red Sox always play as well on this day so its almost like overstimulation for us Bostonians! I remember being at Boston College in the early to mid 80’s, watching the marathon from my rooftop, cheering on all the athletes and then heading into Fenway on the “green line” and spending the rest of the evening in sports euphoria!
This morning while watching the wheelchair division, I was so amazingly impressed with all the incredible athletes and how this sport has changed dramatically. It seems alot more commericalized now yet still the hearts and passion of these participants remain the same.
Making a goal like running a marathon seems so out of reach for many. But really, isn’t life like a marathon? You have triumphs, hardships, doubts about getting over that next hill and times when you want to give up but you keep pressing on, waiting for that joyous moment to happen. There will always be obstacles in your way but you need to push through them and not look back. Its all about the finish line but what you learn as you head toward the final round is what matters most.
Best wishes to all the runners today from all of us who are going through our own marathons of life!

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