I decided to leave work early on Monday so I could watch the Boston Marathon for the second time!
Last year I volunteered at the mile 23 water station with the Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (that’s last year in the photo below), but this time my friend Ray was running so I decided to take the afternoon off and watch for him near the finish line.
Sarah was also visiting for the weekend and she did a wonderful job of capturing the event on film and describing our afternoon at her blog Daily Nibbles. At one point, as my eyes were glazing over from concentrating on the many, many, runners, I was delighted to spot a barefoot runner sprinting towards the finish line – totally barefoot and looking great after 26.2 miles! Unfortunately, I was too busy watching him to snap a picture (sorry!).
Later we visited the Boston Public Gardens and the tulips were gorgeous! Sarah is a much better photographer than me, but I managed to snap this shot…
Ray finished the marathon in 2:52 – speedy! He also happens to be a physical therapist and was kind enough to give me more advice on my piriformis injury. He watched a video clip of my running and noticed that I don’t really lift my foot/lower leg after each step – which means I’m probably not using my glutes as much as I could be – and thus might be overworking my pirifomis muscle. It sounds like he might be on to something because I know my glutes are pretty weak. I’ve been working on strengthening them, but probably not enough. Alas…I’ve been keeping my mileage very low for the past two weeks and cross-training whenever possible. I also saw a massage therapist for the first time on Friday and she was wonderful – it hurt, but I think that’s a good sign. I’m still hoping that targeted strengthening, massage, stretching, and easing up on my mileage will help me get back in the game.
And now for some big news. You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned much about my job here. That’s because my work plans have been somewhat up in the air lately. But now the word is out so I can finally fill you in on the details. After many, many long months of waiting, I just found out that I’ve been offered my dream job in the foreign service with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)! Contingent upon my passing a security investigation, I should be moving to Washington D.C. in August to start this new adventure. After a few months of training in D.C. I’ll be assigned to an overseas location (yet to be determined) for my first tour in the foreign service. So, it’s official, barefootin’ it is going on the road!