For those of you not in Boston, today is the Boston Marathon, which in Boston is a really big deal.
For one thing is a slightly dubious local holiday "Patriot's Day" The day isn't dubious, it celebrates Paul Revere's ride and the battles of Concord and Lexington. But most people in the private sector don't get it off.
People try not to drive as much as possible too, because the marathon route creates a giant kink in the traffic flow in the SW quadrant of the city for most of the day, so between that and the "holiday" it was very pleasantly low-traffic on my ride in this morning.
More than any other city's marathon I've experienced, there are signs and banners and runner specific advertisements all over, such that it feels like a very civic event. My favorite ad was a cab-topper that said "most people won't even drive 26.2 miles today"
A confession- before I was a biker, I was a runner, and on days like today I sure do miss it.
Biking is great, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't leave me the same kind of tired, relaxed and happy that long-distance running did (even when I do long rides).
While training for my 4th marathon three years ago I developed a case of bursitis that left me unable to walk. Seriously- I needed a cane for a week. The doctors couldn't really find out what was wrong, although they think I had a stress fracture in my hip. And I've really not been able to run more than a mile or so since.
Lately though I've been reading all the hype about barefoot running and am thinking I should give that a try to see if I can do it without pain. Because while I love biking, and it is a great way for me to combine the exercise that keeps me sane with the errands I have to do anyway, it just isn't the same...