Bib #18909

Bib #18909 — hey, wow, that’s ME!!

A friend of mine mentioned a few days ago that the Boston Athletic Association assigned bib numbers to runners. They are on the site, which means the official race packet should arrive in my mailbox any day now.

I logged on myself, and voila, there I am — #18909!

Throughout this process I keep feeling like I’m part of that old Tylenol commercial from years ago with soap-opera star Peter Bergman (“Dr. Cliff Warner,”  All My Children).

Bergman smiles into the camera and says, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.”

Then he continues to spew the virtues of pill-pushing to the masses as though he is a real authority figure on the subject.

Hmmm … and we wonder where drug companies came up with the idea for sugar-babes to peddle their wares?
But I digress …

Anyway, I keep thinking the cameras are going to stop rolling before the race and I will wake up and all of this will be a dream.

“I’m not a real marathon runner, but I play one as a bloggie …”

Or something like it.

Seeing the bib number drives it home. This is happening. I’m running the Boston Marathon. It now feels more real and surreal at the same time. 

The timing of today’s discovery was perfect. I ran a great seven-mile tempo run this morning, a mental boost after my green-faced, gut-cramping 20-miler over the weekend. 

Now, it’s just a matter of days until the packet arrives.

Bib number 18909 — I’ll pin it high and sweat on it plenty.


Aging is inevitable, but growing old is a choice. Lace up your shoes, and let’s go!!

Mileage today: 7; Denver to Boston miles logged: 1440; 330 left to go.

One thought on “Bib #18909

  1. Hi Danica,

    What a small world…! Patty Martinovich forwarded me your article from Runner’s World. I just started to run with the goal of running my 1st half marathon on 6/26. Congrats on the Boston Marathon; –what an acomplishment! I’ll be rooting for you.

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