marathon monday

Marathon Monday. To many, this phrase might not mean much, but here in Boston…it means everything.

the super bowl of running

For some, the Boston Marathon is the Super Bowl of running -- the goal every runner strives to achieve. For others, it’s a day to celebrate -- a major holiday where roads are closed and work is canceled. And starting early in the morning, fans spill outside to line the entire 26.2 mile course.

Last year, I joined the sideline crowd with lululemon’s cheer station on 'Heartbreak Hill' -- one of the hardest stretches of the race where runners need the most support. We arrived early, pumped music, and danced with motivational signs.

I still remember watching contestants pass by: wheelchair competitors, with flexed arms and sweat pouring. Military crew in full uniform. The amazing Kenyan, Geoffrey Mutai, on his way to win. And the very last charity runner, winning a personal battle for both himself and someone else. And I knew in this moment, “I want that.”

honoured, excited and terrified

Fast forward one year later, and I could not be more honored, excited and – let’s be honest – terrified to participate in this monumental day.

what we don't see

Because boy - I had no idea what I was in for! What spectators don't see are your struggles with chafing. They don't hear your alarm ring at 6 a.m. before sunrise on Saturday, feel your blisters growing, or watch you trekking through the dark.

That’s why the incomparable support of Boston’s sideline – from Newton to Boylston Street – now means more than ever before. It’s funny, but I’ve learned you actually do hear the things people say along the way. "You're almost there!" starts at mile six. "It's all downhill from here!" as you approach Heartbreak Hill. Or my personal favourite, "You're looking great!" Really? With spit foaming at the mouth, and salt crusting to my face, I doubt it – but hey, thanks for making me think I do!

why you should cheer on april 16

So, if you are in Boston on April 16, go stake out your spot and cheer on the runners. Because, we can train all we want and eat the right gel packs during the race, but it’s that smiling face, that crazy cheering fan, that is going to pick us up and push us forward when we think we have nothing left.

And honestly, it really doesn't matter what you do – hold a sign, hand out high-fives, or yell any ridiculous phrase. Because those small gestures mean more than you will ever know.

If you're in Boston this weekend, stop by and say hi at the pre-marathon expo! Look for a big, red box and you'll find us. Not in Boston? We'll be sharing our marathon weekend experience via Twitter (#bostonmarathon). Good luck to all the athletes, and see you on April 16!

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Ahhh! I’m SO jealous!! Have an amazing run and I will be cheering you on from Toronto!! Enjoy every minute of it!

Comment by Siobhan @ — April 9, 2012 @ 10:15 am

Good luck! I am not anywhere near running a marathon : I’m a 5 to 10k runner but I will be cheering from Montreal! Have a good one!

Comment by Sandra — April 9, 2012 @ 10:50 am

I just got the chills reading this! I will be on the course with you- and you are so right, it doesn’t matter how we train or what we do or who we are running for its the fans that get us to the finish on that day!

Comment by Cara E Bednar — April 9, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

An amazing post! Good luck to Jenny and all the Marathoners out there! You are all an inspiration to me :-)

Comment by Angie — April 9, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

I will be there to offer my support. I promise to cheer loud! I did not realize how much the cheering meant to the runners. Thank you for some insight with this great post. I wish you and all the runners the best. It is an amazing feat!!

Comment by Linda — April 9, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

So now you know what it’s like to be on the other side – the side running in the race and you’re ready to take on Heart Break Hill. Go get them. All those early morning runs in freezing temps will be worth it when you hit the wall. Good luck. Tell the Kenyans to move over!

Comment by statman — April 9, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

GO JENNY!!!!!! YOU’RE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Traci — April 9, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

Great post! I qualified in December and will be running Boston on April 15, 2013 – looking forward to every step in between now and the finish line (including the Seawheeze in August!!). Best of luck on Monday. No matter where we are, we’ll all be cheering on the passion and dedication of everyone running in Boston.

Comment by Jen — April 9, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

So well said. Not many recognize that our journey to run Boston starts with our first training run not just when the gun goes off. I will be running it myself and I can not wait!!! Now if only I had a lulu lemon tank to hold all my gels.

Comment by Jan — April 10, 2012 @ 4:10 am

Cannot WAIT to high-five the Lululemon cheer station along the route of my first Boston. 6 more days to Marathon Monday. 6 more days until a BHAG crossed off. Huge thanks to my lulu family for helping me reach my dreams! #fistpump

-Alumni Ambassador Sam Sykes (Toronto)

Comment by Sam — April 10, 2012 @ 4:35 am

So psyched that you will be at expo! I second day aired the new marathon bra to my house so I could have it for the marathon (and try out before hand). So now I don’t have to bother my local lulu store to see if the wrist bands are in yet. I ordered them and they arrive at my house the day I leave. UGH. Thank you for the post so true. Thank you for coming to BOSTON!!

Comment by LINDA MILLER — April 10, 2012 @ 4:48 am

Great post Jenny! I’ll be running my first Boston this year as well. “Honoured, excited and terrified” describes exactly how I feel right now. Good luck Monday! See you on the course!

Comment by Tricia — April 10, 2012 @ 5:00 am

Go Jenny! I will be there running too! So excited and ready to take on those Newton Hills together!!!

Comment by Christa — April 10, 2012 @ 5:38 am

Hey Jenny! I am the Running ambassador for lululemon london ontario masonville in canada and i will also be representing for lululemon! Its my first Boston as well and will look forward to the lululemon cheering sections along the way! I hope you have an amazing race and good luck! I will be cheering for you from the race course!
- karen gilbert

Comment by Karen gilbert — April 10, 2012 @ 5:43 am

Good luck Jenny! From Ann Arbor, where The PR Fitness run club is hosted by lululemon on Saturday mornings, I’ll be there to run as well. Also, on Saturday in Boston, I’ll be wed to a lululemon ambassador, Marie, who is also running the marathon. We will be running in our lululemon gear and displaying our lululemon temporary tattoos on race day. Running, Boston, and lululemon are big parts of our lives and we can’t wait to put them altogether and celebrate 26.2!

Comment by Rob Morgan — April 10, 2012 @ 5:47 am

My first time too Jenny! I could hardly read this post…just overwhelmed with emotion, just can’t believe we’ll be there.

Good luck! Run hard…and take it all in!

Comment by Lorraine — April 10, 2012 @ 6:02 am

I ran Boston last year and it was the best marathon I’ve ever run. (It took me 12 marathons to qualify.) I smiled the whole way and appreciated every high five and cheers along the way. It is very special to run Boston, enjoy it.

Comment by Linda — April 10, 2012 @ 6:29 am

I’ll be there cheering on my daughter, Laurel, from Scottsdale! Go,Laurel, on this your second Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by judy in carefree — April 10, 2012 @ 6:46 am

It gives me chills just thinking about it. The Boston Marathon is an amazing and inspiring race! GOOD LUCK.

Comment by Mattie @ Comfy and Confident — April 10, 2012 @ 7:13 am

You can do it! You’re SUCH an inspiration :)

Comment by Amanda — April 10, 2012 @ 8:33 am

Go Jenny- you will rock that race! May all the cheers and smiles and positivity that you’ve sent out there come back to carry you through the 42.2 on a beautiful course. PS Lulu cheer squads rule!

Comment by Emma — April 11, 2012 @ 3:09 am

Goodluck,Jenny. I remember seeing the Lulu team as I struggled to get through Heartbreak Hill, last year. It DID make a difference. At mile 25, I started to walk. A spectator came up to me, put his hand on my back and said, “you are almost there, you can do this”. Enjoy the journey, Jenny.

Comment by Breana — April 11, 2012 @ 6:51 am

Everyone who ran the Boston marathon is a winner! I give everyone credit who finds the motivation determination with all our busy lives.

Comment by Krista — April 11, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

Hi Jenny, I am running my 3rd Boston Marathon this year. It’s such an amazing day and the support from the cheering spectators on the side of the course is like no other marathon. The sheer buzz of Boston Monday and over the entire weekend makes this marathon so special. I will look for you at the Expo to wish you a personal GOOD LUCK! All the best, travel safe & run like the wind!

Comment by Jessica — April 12, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

Great post! I ran my BQ in the NYC marathon last year, and hopefully will be running Boston 2013. Reading your post is making me look forward to Boston even more!

Comment by Kris — May 16, 2012 @ 10:23 am

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