That’s right folks. I’m Shipping up to Boston, gonna race the Boston Marathon in April! Pretty rad right? Why Boston? It’s simple really. The thing about being a marathon runner is that when ya tell people that you are a marathon runner they immediately ask one question; “Have you run Boston?” Seriously, I get that question all the damn time. Up to now I say “no, I have not run Boston” then the asker of the question usually gives me a look that is a mixture of disappointment and sympathy, and say “It’s ok, you’ll get a BQ one day.” I’m sick of that conversation. So now I’m gonna run Boston, and then when people ask “have you run Boston” I’m gonna to say “yer gosh darn right I’ve run Boston! High Five!” Can’t wait, it’s gonna be awesome. I hope I win.
When I was 11 or 12 I was down in Sarasota Florida for a family vacation. Whilst we were in town there happened to be a 10km road race going on. Me and my pops hopped in and gave it a go. I remember this race pretty well, it was the first time I broke 40min for the 10km and I won the under 14 age division. But what I remember the most about this race was the Award ceremony. At the ceremony they brought this old dude up on stage to give out the medals and such. Everyone was super pumped that this old dude was there, man the local Sarasota road runners were stoked! They were going crazy for this guy! I couldn’t figure out why everyone was so excited about this old dude, it’s Florida, that state has so many damn old people it’s not even funny. Old people run the show in Florida, Buicks, shuffle board and Denny’s all over the damn place! Anyways, old dude gets up on stage and then I realize why everyone is so excited, old dude happened to be Johnny Kelley! 2 time Boston Champ, 7 time Boston runner up and 2 time Olympian. I remember even at age 11ish that being the winner of the Boston Marathon was a big friggen deal! John Kelley was a bad ass. I got to meet him as he put my age winner medal around my neck. It was sweet.
Even as a young kid I knew that the Boston Marathon was pretty much the coolest marathon going. It is one of those events that everyone just knows about, and they know it’s awesome. Boston is ingrained in our culture and its history and prestige is pretty much unrivaled in the Marathon game. So yeah, if you couldn’t tell, I am super pumped to be racing Boston on April 15th. It is such an Iconic event, a bucket list race for sure. The BAA organizing committee has been amazing to work with, and I am so happy that they invited me out for the show, thanks BAA!
I’ve started my build-up here in the Van and the fitness is coming. I will start up my training log again starting next week, I want ya’ll to be a part of this journey, I am dubbing it; “The Boston Quest; Rob and Pete’s, epic tale of brotherhoodship and revenge.” The revenge part is because Brother Pete ran Boston one year and it gave him a stress fracture at about mile 10, damn near killed the poor bastard. I’m gonna get out there and avenge the family name! A Watson boy has tussled with Boston before, it got the best of us that day, but we will not let it get us again. Round two Boston, we’re coming to get ya!
I have another ace up my sleeve in my attack against Boston. That ace would be in the form of one of Canada’s all time beauties in the marathon; Arty “Boy” Boileau! That’s right, 2 time Olympian and 1986 runner-up in Boston. Arty also happens to be my co-worker at Forerunners here in Vancouver. I am constantly picking his brain and trying to figure out the secrets on how to succeed in Boston. I’m trying to unlock some secrets, But Art is the humblest son of a gun in the whole damn world and doesn’t really talk about that stuff too much, he’d rather talk about Oregon ducks stuff and bikes. Come on Art, what are your secrets!? I’m trying to win the Boston Marathon here!
So here’s the plan as it looks right now; Race the 1st Half here in Vancouver on Feb 10th, that should be a good gauge on where I am at fitness wise. Then I’m gonna head over to Boston for a few days for a course tour and such, get a lay of the land there. After that I’ll head down south for an 8week training camp in Virginia with the brother/coach Pete. I’ll run the NYC half on March 17th, 4 weeks out, hopefully that goes well and then come April 15th I just nut the eff’ up and giver hell! Not worried about time or anything at Boston, I just gotta get fit as a mother sucker and race hard…I hope I win.
I’m really looking forward to head down to Virginia with Pete. These pre-race training camps are awesome, 2 straight months of nothing but hard work, naps and netflix. Also Sister Kristen takes good care of me, she’s always baking some sort of delicious treat. The downside of the camp however is that I don’t work for two months, and thus the already hurting bank account takes a near fatal blow. It’s all good though, I’ve been poor for years, but I have yet to run an awesome marathon, it’s a worthwhile investment. I hope I win, that’d help with the Bank account and the ladies. Ahh, the ladies. Another thing about training camps is that I am often way to exhausted to be going out and dilly dallying whilst chasing the women around. Havn’t figured out if that is a good or bad thing yet though…
Okay, so how’s that sound. You dig it? I dig it? Time to grind!
ps. Go Leafs!