What's the best way to start a Monday?
With an e-mail from the Boston Athletic Association confirming that my application for the 2012 Boston Marathon has been accepted! As soon as I opened my e-mail today and saw the word "registration" in my inbox, my heart leaped. I was hoping to receive the e-mail this week...I didn't think I would receive it this soon. My face went hot as I rushed to click the e-mail to open it. It was the news I wanted to hear:
This is to notify you that your entry into the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012 has been accepted, provided that the information you submitted is accurate."
I remember the first time I received this e-mail. It was October, 2010, and I waited nearly a week after applying for the 2011 Boston Marathon for confirmation that I made the cut. I was so excited when I got the news that I re-read the e-mail two and three times just to make sure I was reading it right. Even today, as a Boston Marathon alumni, my sceptical side still prompted me to re-read the e-mail two and three times - just to make sure I was reading correctly. Just to make sure I was really "in".
And if we're really lucky, we might just get the chance to live a dream twice.
See you in Boston in 2012.