This is a guest blog post from Boilermaker Ambassador, Sarah Kirke.
I can’t believe the Boilermaker 15K is just over a month away – and it’s sold out! I remember last year…I waited too long to register and was really bummed. The race would’ve fit perfectly within my training block for the upcoming Chicago Marathon in October. Thanks to the power of social media and the Volée (I’m looking at you, Instagram and Oiselle), my friend Katy helped find me a transfer bib and I was IN!
This would be my first time participating in this historic race and I couldn’t wait to experience the event. Friends raved about the crowd support, the course (even the hills), the elites, and the legendary after-party. I knew it would be incredibly challenging but I was up for it. Thankfully my friends were veterans of the race so they helped with race day logistics and thus I wasn’t nervous about getting to the start line. And off we went! I held strong through the golf course, let it rip on the downhills, and sprinted to the finish. The energy from the crowds helped carry me across that finish line and then it was time to party.
Now that Boston is behind me, I’ve begun working on some pretty serious speed training in preparation for this year’s race. I can’t wait to see how it pays off on July 14th!