The Sarah Moore Boston Marathon Interview
Sarah Moore is the women who writes the popular running blog, Skinny Runner. She has competed in numerous marathons, but in 2011 she ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. One nice thing about Sarah is she doesn't sugarcoat any of her experiences. Want to know what she thinks about the Boston Marathon? Read on!
David Tiefenthaler - Congrats on your 16th marathon. How does the overall experience in Boston compare to other marathons?
Sarah Moore - Umm, Dave, let's get it straight: it was my 17th marathon.
DT - I'm sorry. It's hard to keep straight with as many as you have run lately! Was this event impressive?
SM - The overall experience was similar to the New York City Marathon that I ran last November: a huge race that the whole city turns out for. Do I think Boston was completely magical and the end all to be all race? No, I mean, they only gave out medals, not Jimmy Choo's.
DT - Basically, the running of the Boston Marathon is like a holiday in Boston. What was the atmosphere like the day before and the day of?
SM - The town turns into a great big running convention, it's sorta insane. Every street sign, every store, everything is all about the race. It's kinda funny too: you see the runners who are taking it so seriously they're wearing their Camelback and buying 4 bananas (I seriously saw this) at Starbucks in head-to-toe Boston gear 2 days before the race. Meanwhile, I'm eating greasy pizza and Dt Coke.... this might explain my average performances...
DT - How was the marathon expo? Did they have some cool stuff, or could you get up close to some of the professional runners?
SM - The expo was massive, almost overwhelming. Every product under the sun that in any way affiliates with running was sold there. That bejeweled water bottle holder with the pink ribbons? Oh yeah, it's there. The man thong that says "These buns run"? Totally there. Actually, I just made that up and now I'm thinking of copyrighting it...
I didn't see anyone famous at the expo but I went late Sunday afternoon and actually did my speed work while there, zooming in get my bib and get out.
DT - It seems like everyone wants to be a part of the Boston Marathon. What did you see or experience that you think makes this event such a big deal?
SM - I'd like to think the event is such a big deal and sold out in record time because I was running it, but then reality sets in... For the people who really work hard at making the qualifying times, I think all their hard work and effort makes it a really special event for them. For others like me who kinda fart around in their training, Boston becomes a big deal simply because of all the hoopla and excitement surrounding it.
When actually running, the crowds make the race what it is. There's so many people, little kids with their hands out slapping high fives, people yelling for you by name, that it really gets you pumped up.
DT - Was it your first time running Boston in 2011?
SM - Yes it was. I qualified in 2009, tried to get in for 2010 but registration was already closed at that point. I promptly threw a massive fit and then registered for 2011.
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DT - Rumor has it you ran a marathon only one week before Boston? What marathon was it, how did you do, and is there something seriously wrong with you (running two marathons that close together is insane)?
SM - Like the rumor that Prince William wanted me to be his princess instead of Kate Middleton, it's incorrect. I actually ran a marathon 2 days before Boston. It was the Gansett Marathon in Narragansett, RI. It's the only race where qualification is the only means of entering (no charity or corporate bibs) and the qualifying times are 5 minutes faster than Boston. The guy who started it two years ago was shut out of Boston and decided to start his own, tougher to get in race so that's why I did it. Boston was never much of a challenge for me to qualify so I figured the challenge would be running 2 marathons in 3 days.
DT - You mentioned the first 10 miles of this marathon was boring? Why?
SM - Unbeknownst to me (I have a knack for never checking out a race course beforehand) the race didn't start in Boston, the city. It was out in the sticks in Hopkinton. It just seemed really remote and a little lifeless to me. But then again, I think I was mentally tired of racing at that point too. So it took me a few miles to get back into the groove where I was really enjoying myself.
DT - Later on in the race, you seemed to find your rhythm and more energy. Was it the crowd, or were your legs feeling a bit better in the later stages?
SM - I think it was definitely the crowds and the interesting scenery; there was more to see and look at. I mean, you can't help but get pumped up when you see all the Wellesley girls screaming for kisses and guys stopping and giving them. I didn't want to smear my perfectly applied lipstick so I gave all the girls the cold shoulder.
DT - The weather conditions looked ideal. Was the wind at your back for most of the race, and did it help you along at all?
SM - We had a tailwind (at our backs) the whole time which was pretty much cooler than the race itself. It was awesome. In Gansett two days earlier, we faced strong headwinds the entire race (at one point the wind blew me a step backwards) so having that wind push you forward was a blessing. The weather was really amazing and perfect for running; I actually got a little sunburned on my back.
DT - How are you feeling now? You really have been doing quite a lot of running lately? Are you still all in one piece?
SM - I'm in two pieces but I plan on attaching my legs back soon. So hard to get up the stairs without them... Nah, I feel pretty darn good surprisingly. I think your body just adapts to whatever you throw at it. That, or I'm crazy.
DT - Thanks again Sarah for your time.
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