Sunday, December 20, 2009

The End is Nigh

Well, Boston or Bust has reached it's conclusion, at least as a Blog, albeit with more of a whimper than a bang. Such is life. It was fun while it lasted, but the ride, or the run, has come to an end. I should have reached this conclusion a couple of years ago, but I do hate change and I hated to let go of a favorite pair of boots, regardless of wear.

Over six hundred and fifty Blogs over five years about trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or going 'Bust' in the attempt. January, 2005 seems like a half a lifetime ago...

I loved Blogging, and I loathed Blogging, cursed the time it took, and blessed it in the knowledge that it made me a better marathoner, and was ultimately thankful that the Blog was an enormous source of inspiration and motivation when I often needed it most. It was like a rainy day running buddy. My Blog was always there for me, even when expecting a post.

I managed to qualify for Boston in the Fall of 2005 with a 3:29:39, still my personal best. Hell, this year, I'm actually moving up a category! Or down, depending on how you look at it.

That's right, in August of 2010, I'll be turning fifty, the half century.

I ran Boston twice and to this day consider my first Boston Marathon race in 2006 the best marathon I have ever run. My 3:30:38 is my best marathon performance to date on race day.

Having achieved my goal, the ostensible reasons for continuing to write the Blog were a little difficult to come up with.

I still run, and in fact, plan to run my tenth Vancouver Marathon this spring. That will be my twenty-eighth marathon.

But, I am about to start another Blog, one that will continue to reference my love of running, but one that will quite literally focus on the newest passion in my life. I am really excited about it, and the idea for the new Blog is even more of a challenge than Boston or Bust!

Thanks to everyone who followed Boston or Bust. I truly loved connecting with so many people who took the time to follow my Blogs, and even better yet, take the time to comment.

When I launch the new Blog on January 1, 2010 I'll post a direct Link.

Again, thank you for reading.

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Thanks again, Vince Hemingson